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Medical Malpractice Caps in Colorado

By Clawson & Clawson, LLP  Nov. 11, 2013 3:55p

Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits are based on medical errors or negligence committed against patienst by health care practitioners. These practitioners may be doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, surgeons, dentists, and other professionals in the field. When a patient suffers injury or health damage or dies due to such errors, the patient or the patient's surviving family members may be justified in seeking damages for their losses. Should these claimants prevail in their legal claim, however, those damages are subject to limits or "caps" under Colorado law.

Under one law, Colorado employs an umbrella cap of one million dollars. This cap is a limit on the total amount of legal compensation which anyone can receive in a medical malpractice case. This cap applies to both economic and non-economic losses, which means that these two types of damages combined cannot exceed the one million dollar limit. Economic damages include medical costs, loss of income, and other out-of-pocket financial losses connected with the incident. Non-economic damages consist of compensation for such things as pain, suffering, emotional distress, blindness, infertility, permanent disability, disfigurement, scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, and similar losses. Furthermore, another Colorado law places a limit of $300,000 of the compensation awarded on non-economic damages.

In some cases, the total cap may be waived by the court if it is deemed appropriate but generally anything beyond the one million dollars will be applied to future medical costs and / or future loss of earnings.

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Medical malpractice cases are typically very complex, technical, and often protracted legal matters. These types of cases require the extensive knowledge and experience of a law firm familiar with their litigation. As soon as you become aware that you have been harmed or sustained a loss through medical malpractice, you should seek the assistance of an attorney in your area who can advise you of your legal rights and options. In Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo, you can turn to the firm of Clawson & Clawson, LLP.

At this firm, you can work with a legal team that shares 90 years of collective experience in serving those who have been injured or who have lost a loved one due to the negligence, error, or carelessness of another. The firm is a nationally recognized one with a 10 out of 10 "Superb" rating by Avvo. Its attorneys are also members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of less than one percent of all of the nation's lawyers who have won multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts. The firm has also been recognized as "Best Attorney" in both the 2012 "Best of Springs" and "Best of Colorado Springs." For truly professional legal service in medical malpractice or other personal injury cases, contact the firm for a free consultation.

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