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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Buffalo, Missouri

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

You do not have to pay because a physician, medical institution or other healthcare professional in Buffalo, MO disregarded your health. When we seek medical treatment, we do so believing that we are placing our health — and occasionally even our lives — in trustworthy hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse sickness or harm as a result, trust in the seasoned and knowledgeable Buffalo, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to get you justice and great financial compensation. Not only are we sympathetic and dedicated to our Buffalo, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the at-fault doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are persistent and will accept nothing but maximum compensation. Negligent health care can have cataclysmic, life-long repercussions, and in the worst cases can even lead to wrongful death.

In our 30 years of experience pushing 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 a family member has been injured by a negligent medical professional in Buffalo, MO, get in touch with Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers now at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Buffalo, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that one-tenth of all fatalities in the U.S. are due to medical error. Just one percent of physicians account for nearly a third of medical malpractice cases. 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 33 percent of medical malpractice claims end with the plaintiff collecting damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was paid out in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need devoted and seasoned Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make certain you collect the maximum financial recovery you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Buffalo, MO Can Hold Accountable in Your Claim

We usually immediately think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many parties that may be guilty of medical negligence in your case. 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 frequently intricate; it may not be clear right away who was at fault, or many parties may be accountable. The trustworthy and knowledgeable Buffalo, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a complete investigation into your claim and make sure that each party that caused you injuries is held responsible for their reckless actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Buffalo, MO

Medical negligence transpires when a healthcare professional breaks the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same field and same geographic location would have care for your health problems. Our Buffalo, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that take place in a variety of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most frequent reason for medical malpractice claims that occur in out-of-hospital treatment. Roughly 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed annually. Catching medical problems early on is critical in achieving the most favorable results for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can cause a delay to the treatment you seriously need to get better, or can lead to unsuitable treatment that compounds your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most deadly health conditions, such as:

  • 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 case when it comes to in-hospital care. There are at least 4,000 surgical mistakes nationwide each year, and frighteningly, the most common instance is performing surgery on the wrong organ. Other instances can include accidental cuts, anesthesia mistakes, foreign objects like scissors being left inside the patient, infections or failure to treat complications arising from the surgery.

Medication Errors

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

Medication errors can also include overprescribing medications. Studies have found that overprescribing is a substantial contributor to the opioid crisis in the United States.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs an estimated $210 billion each year. John Hopkins Medicine surveyed 2,106 doctors and learned that doctors themselves are of the opinion that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is not needed, including:

  • Over one-fifth of prescription medications
  • Almost a quarter of medical tests
  • More than a tenth of procedures
  • Over one-fifth of all medical treatment

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

Birth Injuries

Approximately 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States experience a significant birth injury each year. Not properly monitoring the child during birth, not correctly using birthing techniques or not diagnosing a health problem of the mother during pregnancy are all instances of medical negligence 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 protect and secure their physical, emotional and social well-being. When a nursing home or its staff disregards those rights and your loved one is injured as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them liable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has an innate right to make choices for ourselves. When a medical institution fails to inform you of risks, or does not obtain your consent before treatment, it is a serious violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Buffalo, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the ruinous consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's thoughtlessness can cause, and the rage and sorrow that comes with learning that your trust was betrayed. We hold at-fault doctors to blame and get our Buffalo, MO clients the best possible compensation they are owed and that they require to move on and be made whole again. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have extensive medical knowledge and will be able to discover exactly how your doctor breached the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Buffalo, MO immediately at (573) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice claims are notoriously hard to win. That is why you need stellar medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, determination and skills to win you the full compensation you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your claim right away
  • Connect you with trustworthy and capable doctors to finally get you the medical care you deserve
  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation, including collecting medical records, expert testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Confer with our network of Buffalo, MO medical experts to ascertain standard of care in your case, show how the care you were provided with was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer empathetic, knowledgeable and dependable legal guidance
  • Make sure you informed through the duration of your suit so you are not left in the dark and you know everything you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Oversee every legal aspect of your case so you can focus on recovering
  • Consult with with economic experts to exactly value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters to secure you a full settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company does not want to offer what you are owed in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that the average person in Buffalo, MO does not have access to the resources and legal comprehension to combat the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large insurance companies. That is why our Buffalo, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. We charge no attorneys fees until we get you the full financial recovery you deserve. We have dedicated our lives to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable in Buffalo, MO have access to the highest standard of legal representation, one that equals and eclipses that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to get rid of every impediment standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake committed by medical professional constitutes malpractice. In order to receive a financial recovery for negligent treatment in Buffalo, MO, you must demonstrate four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was intiated. This means proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is typically very easy to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was violated the standard of care. You need to be able to prove that a competent healthcare professional in the same practice area, in the same geographical location treating the same health issue, would not have committed the same error.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused you harm. This is often hard to prove, as patients being treated by a doctor are generally already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they should be compensated for. Instances can include physical pain, a disability, additional medical bills, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also need to include an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your suit, following Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a legally qualified healthcare provider that says that a) the doctor did not offer the care that a careful healthcare provider would have under the same circumstances, and b) the failure contributed to the alleged injuries. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a massive network of experienced and qualified medical connections in Buffalo and throughout Missouri who will help back up your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you collect usually falls into two categories: economic damages, which seek to compensate you for the financial damages you have experienced due to a doctor's substandard care; and noneconomic damages, which look 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 caused an impairment that does not allow you to perform the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, including:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary 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 penny that you are owed. We know that some injuries are impossible to truly heal from, but we fight to ensure that you get justice.

Malpractice cases vary from other personal injuries in Missouri in two crucial aspects. 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 passed Senate Bill 239 in an effort to reduce insurance premiums for physicians and hospitals. The bill establishes "damage caps" on how much you can collect 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? | Buffalo, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher because they affect your ability to perform daily tasks and to find enjoyment in life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you ascertain if your injury can be viewed 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 Buffalo, MO?

If you or someone you care about were injured by a medical professional's negligence in Buffalo, MO, it is key to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers right away. While most personal injury claims have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice cases only have a statute of limitations of two years, pursuant to 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 notable 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 someone you love was a minor at the time of the substandard care, you have until their 20th birthday.

Do not delay. Call the Burger Law Buffalo, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We begin working on your case at once and do not let up until you receive full compensation . Delaying could create complications your case and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to prove the full scope of your damages. Call Burger Law's Buffalo, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Buffalo, MO

No one deserves to have their life halted because a doctor gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Buffalo, 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 be made whole again. 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 physicians, large hospitals manipulate your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Buffalo, 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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