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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Boone County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Boone County, Missouri. If you or a family member were harmed because a healthcare professional did not offer you the competent care that you deserved, call Burger Law straight away at (573) 500-HURT or fill out our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great results for our clients in Boone County and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a physician, medical institution or other medical professional in Boone County, MO disregarded your health. When we search out medical care, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our well-being — and occasionally even our lives — in competent hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse sickness or injuries as a consequence, trust in the seasoned and talented Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to secure you justice and great financial compensation. Not only are we sympathetic and committed to the injured in Boone County, MO, but we are more aggressive than the majority of law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the negligent doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to understand that we are persistent and will not take anything but a full financial recovery. Negligent health care can have catastrophic, life-long repercussions, and in the worst cases can even lead to wrongful death.

In our 30 years of experience standing up to bullies and getting great results for the injured, we have won our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or someone you care about has been hurt by a negligent physician in Boone County, MO, call Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers now at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Boone County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that one-tenth of all fatalities nationwide are owing to medical error. Just one percent of doctors account for just about 33 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to keep practicing without any penalty. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold at-fault 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 receiving damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was paid out in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need dedicated and experienced Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make certain you collect the best possible financial recovery you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Boone County, MO Can Hold Responsible in Your Claim

We frequently immediately 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 claims are typically complex; it may not be immediately clear who was responsible, or many parties might be liable. The dependable and skilled Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will carry out a full investigation into your case and make sure that each party that caused you harm is held accountable for their careless actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Boone County, MO

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional violates the standard of care, which is how a capable doctor in the same field and same geographic location would have care for your health problems. Our Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that transpire in a variety of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice claims that take place in outpatient treatment. More or Less 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed each year. Catching health issues early on is critical in attaining the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can cause a delay to the care you seriously need to become healthier, or can lead to unsuitable 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 mistakes are the most common medical malpractice claim when it comes to inpatient care. There are at least 4,000 surgical errors in the U.S. each year, and frighteningly, the most common example is performing surgery on the wrong organ. Other examples can include accidental incisions, anesthesia mistakes, foreign objects like scissors remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to treat issues arising from the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the United States die each year owing to mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not being aware of a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage or neglecting to recognize interactions with other drugs.

Medication errors can also include overprescribing medications. Studies show that overprescribing is a major factor in the opioid crisis in the United States.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs about $210 billion each year. John Hopkins Medicine asked 2,106 physicians and discovered that doctors themselves believe that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is not needed, including:

  • Over one-fifth of prescription medications
  • 24.9 percent of medical tests
  • More than one-tenth of procedures
  • 20.6 percent of medical treatment in general

Unneeded treatment can result in surgical mistakes, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

Approximately 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States sustain a serious birth injury each year. Not properly monitoring the infant throughout birth, not appropriately utilizing birthing procedures or not diagnosing a health condition of the mother during pregnancy are all instances of medical malpractice that can lead to long-term or lifelong consequences.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act created a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to safeguard and ensure their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home institution or staff does not ensure those rights and your loved one is harmed as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them responsible.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have a basic right to make choices for ourselves. When a physician fails to inform you of risks, or fails to secure your consent before treatment, it is an appalling infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have experience with every sort of malpractice suit. We know the terrible consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's carelessness can cause, and the rage and sorrow that accompanies discovering that your trust was broken. We hold negligent doctors to blame and win our Boone County, MO clients the great compensation they deserve and need to move on and be made whole again. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have exhaustive medical knowledge and will be able to determine exactly how your doctor violated the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Boone County, MO now at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice lawsuits are notably hard to win. That is why you need stellar medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, perseverance and talent to get you the great compensation you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your claim at once
  • Connect you with honest and competent physicians to finally get you the medical care you need
  • Conduct a full investigation, including collecting medical records, professional testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Consult with our team of Boone County, MO medical experts to substantiate standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you received was substandard and prove negligence
  • Offer empathetic, wise and honest legal direction
  • Keep you informed throughout your case so you are not left in the dark and you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Handle every legal aspect of your case so you can spend your energy on recovering
  • Consult with with economic experts to ascertain exactly how much your claim is worth
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters to get you the best possible settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company does not want to offer what you deserve in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that most people in Boone County, MO does not have the resources and legal knowledge to fight the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. For that reason, our Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. We accept no attorneys fees until we get you the full compensation you are owed. We have pledged our lives to making certain that the injured and vulnerable in Boone County, MO have access to the highest form of legal representation, one that compares with and surpasses that of large hospitals. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to remove every obstacle standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake carried out by medical institution or doctor constitutes malpractice. In order to get compensation for improper care in Boone County, MO, you must demonstrate four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you demonstrate 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 negligent. You need to be able to prove that a competent healthcare professional in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same medical problem, would not have made the same error.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused you harm. This is often difficult to prove, as patients under a doctor’s care are typically already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they should be compensated for. Examples include physical pain, impairment, additional medical expenses, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also need to offer an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your suit, according to Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a legally qualified healthcare provider that states that a) the doctor did not offer the care that a careful healthcare provider would have under similar circumstances, and b) the negligence caused the alleged injuries. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a large network of experienced and qualified medical connections in Boone County and throughout Missouri who will help authenticate your claim.

What Compensation Can I Get? | Boone County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you get generally falls into two categories: economic damages, which try to compensate you for the monetary damages you have experienced owing to a physician's negligence; and noneconomic damages, which try to compensate for the less tangible ways in which your injuries have affected your life:

  • Economic damages include:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential if the medical negligence resulted in an impairment that does not permit you to carry out the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, for instance:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary upgrades 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 cent that you deserve. We know that some injuries are impossible to fully heal from, but we fight to make sure that you are made whole again.

Malpractice cases vary from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of important manners. 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 passed Senate Bill 239 in an effort to reduce insurance premiums for physicians and hospitals. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on how much compensation you can be awarded in a medical malpractice claim 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? | Boone County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The damage caps for catastrophic injuries are greater because they affect your ability to carry out basic tasks and to find enjoyment in life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you establish if your injury can be considered catastrophic. Senate Bill 239 states that catastrophic injuries are:

  • 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 Boone County, MO?

If you or someone you care about were injured by a healthcare professional's negligence in Boone County, MO, it is essential to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers at once. While most personal injury cases have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice claims only have a time limit 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 important 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 neglected 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 at the time of the malpractice, you have until they turn 20.

Do not delay. Call the Burger Law Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers now. We get started on your case right away and do not rest until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could bring complications to your suit and could make it tough for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full consequences of your damages. Call Burger Law's Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Boone County, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a medical professional was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Boone County, MO medical malpractice lawyers comprise the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Region. We fight hard for our clients and work relentlessly to get them the great results they need to move forward with their lives. Our medical malpractice lawyers have spent the last three decades fighting back against bullies and standing up for the "little guy." We will not let doctors, large corporations abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Boone County, 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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