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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Ashland, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Ashland, Missouri. If you or a loved one were harmed because a doctor did not offer you the adequate treatment that you were owed, call Burger Law straight away at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great financial recoveries for the vulnerable in Ashland and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other healthcare professional in Ashland, MO disregarded your health. When we seek medical treatment, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our health — and sometimes even our lives — in capable hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse illnesses or harm as a consequence, believe in the accomplished and knowledgeable Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to get you justice and the best possible compensation. Not only are we understanding and dedicated to our Ashland, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation 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 persistent and will accept nothing but full compensation. Negligent health care can have traumatic, life-long consequences, and in the worst circumstances can even cause wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience standing up to bullies and getting the best possible results for our clients, we have won our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a family member has been hurt by a careless medical professional in Ashland, MO, call Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers straight away at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Ashland, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Research by John Hopkins Medicine found that one in ten of all deaths in the United States are because of medical error. Just one percent of physicians account for about a third of medical malpractice lawsuits. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to keep practicing without any discipline. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold negligent doctors responsible, you can be confident the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than 33 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits end with the plaintiff collecting damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice claims. You need committed and experienced Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make sure you are awarded the great financial recovery you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Ashland, MO Can Hold Liable in Your Claim

We often immediately think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many parties that may be to blame for 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 claims are typically complicated; it may not be clear right away who was to blame, or many parties might be responsible. The dependable and talented Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will perform a complete investigation into your claim and make certain that each party that caused you harm is held accountable for their reckless actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Ashland, MO

Medical negligence transpires when a healthcare professional violates the standard of care, which is how a capable doctor in the same practice area and same geographic location would have care for your health issue. Our Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that happen in all sorts of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice claims related to outpatient treatment. About 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed every year. Catching medical problems early on is crucial in realizing the best possible results for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can result in a delay to the care you desperately require to get better, or can lead to incorrect treatment that compounds your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most serious health conditions, for example:

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

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are the most frequent medical malpractice claim related to in-hospital care. There are at least 4,000 surgical errors in the U.S. annually, and frighteningly, the most common source is operating on an erroneous body part. Other examples can include accidental cuts, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like scissors remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to treat problems surface after the surgery.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the U.S. die each year because of medication errors. Examples can include not taking a record of the patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage or not identifying interactions with other drugs.

Another instance of medication errors is overprescribing medications. Studies show that overprescribing is a major contributor to the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Unnecessary Care

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

  • More than one-fifth of prescription medications
  • 24.9 percent of medical tests
  • 11.1 percent of procedures
  • More than one-fifth of medical care in general

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

Birth Injuries

About 6 to 8 out of 1,000 children born in the United States experience a serious birth injury Annually. Not properly observing the child during delivery, not appropriately using birthing procedures or not identifying a health issue of the mother during pregnancy are all instances of medical negligence that can result in long-term or lifelong health problems.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act established a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to safeguard and secure their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home institution or staff does not respect those rights and the person you love is harmed as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them liable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has an inherent right to make choices for ourselves. When a doctor fails to inform you of risks, or fails to secure your consent before a procedure, it is an egregious breach of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the traumatic repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's neglect can cause, and the rage and grief that accompanies learning that your trust was broken. We hold careless doctors to blame and secure our Ashland, MO clients the maximum financial recovery they deserve and require to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have exhaustive medical knowledge and will be able to discover exactly how your doctor breached the standard of care. Call our medical malpractice lawyers in Ashland, MO right away at (573) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice claims are notably tough to win. That is why you need stellar medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, tenacity and prowess to deliver you the full compensation you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get working on your claim straight away
  • Connect you with honest and accomplished physicians to finally get you the medical treatment you deserve
  • Perform a comprehensive investigation, including acquiring medical records, expert testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Consult with our team of Ashland, MO medical experts to demonstrate standard of care in your case, show how the treatment you were given was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer sympathetic, knowledgeable and honest legal guidance
  • Keep you informed through the duration of your lawsuit so you are aware of what is going on and have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Manage every legal aspect of your case so you can focus on recovering
  • Confer with with economic experts to precisely value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters to get 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 the average person in Ashland, MO does not have the resources and legal expertise to stand up to the expensive defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. For that reason, our Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us anything until we get you the full compensation you deserve. We have committed our careers to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in Ashland, MO have access to the highest standard of legal representation, 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.

What You Need in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake committed by medical institution or physician amounts to malpractice. In order to get a financial recovery for negligent treatment in Ashland, MO, you must prove four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was intiated. This amounts to proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is generally very easy to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was breached the standard of care. You need to be able to prove that a capable doctor in the same practice area, in the same geographical location treating the same medical issue, would not have committed the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s violation of the standard of care directly caused the injury. This can frequently be tough to prove, as patients under a doctor’s care are typically already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient damages. Examples include physical pain, impairment, additional medical bills, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also need to provide an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your claim, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a a healthcare professional in the same field that says that a) the doctor did not give you the treatment that a careful healthcare provider would have under the same circumstances, and b) the failure contributed to the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a massive network of accomplished and professional medical connections in Ashland and throughout Missouri who will help verify your claim.

What Compensation Can I Collect? | Ashland, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you recover generally falls into two categories: economic damages, which are meant to compensate you for the monetary loss you have undergone owing to a doctor's negligence; and noneconomic damages, which are meant 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 caused an impairment that does not allow you to carry out the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required 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 relentlessly until you get every nickel that you deserve. We know that you can never fully recover from some injuries, but we fight to make sure that your pain and suffering is alleviated.

Malpractice cases differ from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of crucial aspects. Your medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will help you navigate 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 reduce insurance premiums for medical negligence. The bill establishes "damage caps" on how much you can be awarded in a medical malpractice case 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? | Ashland, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher because they impact your ability to function in your daily life and to find enjoyment in life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you establish if your injury can be seen as 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"

How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Ashland, MO?

If you or someone you love were injured by a healthcare professional's substandard care in Ashland, MO, it is essential to reach out to medical malpractice lawyers right away. While most personal injury cases have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice cases only have a time limit of two years, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.105. That means that once you have been harmed your medical malpractice lawyers only have two years to investigate your case and file suit. There are three noteworthy 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 family member was under 18 at the time of the malpractice, you have until their 20th birthday.

Do not delay. Call the Burger Law Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers straight away. We get to work on your case at once and do not let up until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could create complications your case and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full effects of your damages. Call Burger Law's Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Ashland, MO

No one deserves to have their life halted because a medical professional was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Ashland, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Midwest. We fight hard for our clients and work around the clock to get them the great results they need to recover. 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 doctors, large corporations exploit your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Ashland, 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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