Medical Malpractice and Disability
Doctors, like the rest of us, are not perfect. They are capable of making mistakes or missing things that might seem obvious later. Sometimes they commit surgical errors that leave a person almost in a worse condition than he or she was prior to surgery. These cases lead, frequently, to malpractice lawsuits. While these help, sometimes a person is unable to work following the doctor’s malpractice but must spend a significant amount of the award on care for his or her injuries.
In these cases, a person may be eligible for disability insurance. Disability does not, typically, give much attention to the cause of a person’s injury or disability but rather to its effects on a person’s life. For example, an individual that was scheduled to have one of his or her feet amputated and instead has the opposite one amputated through a doctor’s error is still left footless, regardless of the cause.
A jury award may not be sufficient for an individual to live off, especially in cases where comparative negligence is brought into the lawsuit. This may leave an individual in a bind in that he or she cannot work but cannot afford to stay home. The effect of the doctor’s negligence or error is that the patient cannot work and is now disabled.
Victims of medical malpractice are also able to file for disability insurance from the Social Security Administration. These cases, like all cases, may be denied the first time around but the appeals process is still available.
Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer
If you have been injured and are unable to work for at least a year, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your case and to determine the best course of action.