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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Agency, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Agency, Missouri. If you or a family member were harmed because a doctor did not provide you with the competent treatment that you deserved, call Burger Law immediately at (573) 500-HURT or fill out our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great financial recoveries for our clients in Agency and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a doctor, medical institution or other healthcare professional in Agency, MO did not respect your health. When we search out medical attention, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our well-being — and sometimes even our lives — in competent hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse sickness or injuries as a result, believe in the veteran and skilled Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to win you justice and a full compensation. Not only are we sympathetic and dedicated to our Agency, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing lawsuits and not waiting around for the negligent doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are driven and will not take anything but full compensation. Negligent health care can have devastating, permanent repercussions, and in the dire cases can even cause wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience fighting back against bullies and getting great results for our clients, we have won our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a thoughtless doctor in Agency, MO, get in touch with Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Agency, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Research by John Hopkins Medicine found that one-tenth of all fatalities in the United States are owing to medical error. Just one percent of doctors account for nearly a third of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to keep practicing without any penalty. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold negligent doctors responsible, you can be sure the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than a third of medical malpractice cases end with the plaintiff recovering damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was paid out in medical malpractice cases. You need dedicated and veteran Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make sure you receive the great compensation you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Agency, MO Can Hold Responsible in Your Case

We often automatically think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many parties that may be culpable of medical negligence in your claim. The state of Missouri defines a “healthcare provider” as a

  • Physician
  • Hospital
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Ambulatory surgical center
  • Long-term care facility
  • Registered or licensed practical nurse
  • Optometrist
  • Podiatrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Chiropractor
  • Professional physical therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Physician-in-training, or
  • Any other person or entity who provides health care services under the authority of a license or certificate

Malpractice cases are often intricate; it may not be clear right away who was to blame, or many parties may be liable. The trusted and knowledgeable Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a complete investigation into your case and make sure that each party that caused you harm is held responsible for their careless behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Agency, MO

Medical negligence transpires when a healthcare professional violates the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same practice area and same geographic location would have treated your health issue. Our Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that occur in myriad ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice suits that occur in outpatient treatment. Roughly 12 million people in United States are misdiagnosed annually. Diagnosing health issues early on is key in achieving the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can lead to a delay to the treatment you desperately need to become healthier, or can lead to improper care that worsens your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most deadly health conditions, for example:

  • 37.8 percent for cancer
  • 22.8 percent for cardiac events
  • 13.5 percent for infections

Surgical Errors

Surgical mistakes are the most common medical malpractice claim related to in-hospital treatment. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical mistakes in the U.S. each year, and frighteningly, the most common instance is operating on an erroneous body part. Other examples can include accidental cuts, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like sponges being left inside the patient, infections or failure to address problems arising from the surgery.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people nationwide die each year owing to mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not taking a record of the patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving an incorrect dosage or neglecting to identify interactions with other drugs.

Another instance of medication errors is overprescribing medications. Studies show that overprescribing is a main factor in the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs roughly $210 billion annually. John Hopkins Medicine asked 2,106 doctors and found that doctors themselves are under the impression that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is not needed, including:

  • More than a fifth of prescription medications
  • Almost a quarter of medical tests
  • 11.1 percent of procedures
  • Over one-fifth of medical care in general

Unneeded care can result in surgical errors, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

Roughly 6 to 8 out of 1,000 children born in the United States suffer a serious birth injury Annually. Not appropriately monitoring the infant throughout delivery, not appropriately using birthing techniques or not identifying a health issue with the mother during pregnancy are all instances of medical negligence that can cause long-term or permanent consequences.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act determined a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to protect and confirm their physical, emotional and social well-being. When a nursing home or its staff disregards those rights and the person you care about is hurt as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them to blame.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has a basic right to make choices for ourselves. When a medical institution does not inform you of risks, or neglects to acquire your consent before treatment, it is an egregious infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the destructive repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's thoughtlessness can cause, and the exasperation and sorrow that comes with finding out that your trust was betrayed. We hold careless doctors responsible and deliver our Agency, MO clients the full financial recovery they deserve and require to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have vast medical knowledge and will be able to determine exactly how your doctor breached the standard of care. Get in touch with our medical malpractice lawyers in Agency, MO at once at (573) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice lawsuits are notoriously hard to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, determination and savvy to deliver you the great financial recovery you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your case at once
  • Connect you with trusted and competent physicians to finally get you the medical care you need
  • Perform a comprehensive investigation, including collecting medical records, expert testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Confer with our network of Agency, MO medical experts to substantiate standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the treatment you were provided with was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer thoughtful, wise and trustworthy legal direction
  • Make sure you informed throughout your lawsuit so you are not left in the dark and you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Manage every legal aspect of your case so you can spend your energy on recovering
  • Consult with with economic experts to exactly value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters to deliver you the best possible settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when the insurance company does not want to be fair in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that most people in Agency, MO does not have the resources and legal know-how to combat the expensive defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. For that reason, our Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We accept no attorneys fees until we get you the great financial recovery you are owed. We have pledged our careers to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in Agency, MO have access to the highest quality legal advocacy, one that compares with and exceeds that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to eliminate every impediment standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error carried out by healthcare institution or doctor amounts to malpractice. In order to be awarded compensation for negligent care in Agency, MO, you must demonstrate four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was determined. This means proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is typically not difficult to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was violated the standard of care. You need to be able to prove that a competent doctor in the same practice area, in the same geographical location treating the same health issue, would not have committed the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused the injury. This can frequently be hard to prove, as patients under a doctor’s care are normally already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient damages. Examples include physical pain, a disability, additional medical expenses, or loss of future earning potential.

In Missouri, you will also be required to provide an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your case, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a a healthcare professional in the same practice area that opines that a) the doctor did not give you the care that a careful healthcare provider would have in the same situation, and b) the negligence contributed to the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a large network of experienced and professional medical connections in Agency and throughout Missouri who will help certify your claim.

What Compensation Can I Receive? | Agency, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you collect generally falls into two categories: economic damages, which try to compensate you for the financial damages you have sustained due to a physician's negligence; and noneconomic damages, which look to compensate for the less tangible ways in which your injuries have impacted your life:

  • Economic damages include:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity if the medical negligence resulted in a disability that does not permit you to carry out the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or needed improvements to your home or vehicle
      • Future estimated medical expenses, such as further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
  • Noneconomic damages, which the state of Missouri defines as:
    • Pain and suffering
    • Mental anguish
    • Inconvenience
    • Physical impairment
    • Disfigurement
    • Loss of capacity to enjoy life
    • Loss of consortium

Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers work around the clock until you get every dollar that you are owed. We know that some injuries are impossible to really recover from, but we fight to make sure that your pain and suffering is alleviated.

Malpractice cases differ from other personal injuries in Missouri in two crucial manners. Your medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will help you maneuver damage caps and the statute of limitations in Missouri:

Damage Caps in Missouri Medical Malpractice Cases

In 2015, Missouri state legislature put into law Senate Bill 239 in an attempt to lessen insurance premiums for doctor's and hospitals. The bill establishes "damage caps" on how much you can collect in a medical malpractice suit in noneconomic damages. As of 2022, those limits are $450,098 for a "non-catastrophic injury" and $787,671 for a "catastrophic injury."

What is Catastrophic Injury? | Agency, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are greater because they impact your ability to function in your daily life and to enjoy life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you ascertain if your injury can be considered catastrophic. Senate Bill 239 defines catastrophic injuries as:

  • Quadriplegia, or loss of function in all four limbs
  • Paraplegia, or loss of function in your legs and lower body
  • Loss of two or more limbs
  • A brain injury resulting in permanent cognitive impairment that results in permanent inability to:
    • Make independent decisions
    • Perform basic daily tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, transferring and walking
  • Irreversible failure of one or more major organ systems
  • Legal blindness in your "best eye"

What is the Statute of Limitations in a Medical Malpractice Claim in Agency, MO?

If you or someone you love were hurt by a physician's substandard care in Agency, MO, it is crucial to call medical malpractice lawyers at once. While most personal injury cases have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice lawsuits only have a statute of limitations of two years, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.105. That means that following an injury from medical negligence your medical malpractice lawyers only have two years to investigate your case and file suit. There are three key exceptions:

  1. If a foreign object was left inside of you after surgery, you have two years from the date you discovered the object, or should have discovered the object.
  2. If a doctor failed to inform you of test results, you have two years from the date you discovered or should have discovered that you were not informed. This does not include failure to inform of negligent or incorrect test results.
  3. If you or your loved one was a minor on the date of the substandard care, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to delay. Call the Burger Law Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers straight away. We get to work on your case right away and do not stop until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could create complications your suit and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full effects of your damages. Call Burger Law's Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Agency, MO

No one deserves to have their life upended because a medical professional gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Midwest. We fight hard for our clients and work tirelessly to get them the great results they need to move forward with their lives. Our medical malpractice lawyers have spent the last 30 years fighting back against bullies and standing up for the "little guy." We will not let physicians, large corporations exploit your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Agency, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT or fill out our online form to start on your road to recovery.

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