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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Butler, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Butler, Missouri. If you or a family member were harmed because a physician did not offer you the proper care that you deserved, call Burger Law today at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get the best possible compensation for the injured and vulnerable in Butler and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other healthcare professional in Butler, MO disregarded your health. When we seek medical attention, we do so believing that we are placing our health — and at times even our lives — in dependable hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse sickness or harm as a result, trust in the experienced and knowledgeable Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to deliver you justice and the best possible financial recovery. Not only are we sympathetic and dedicated to the injured in Butler, MO, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the at-fault doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are persistent and will accept nothing but the best possible financial recovery. Negligent health care can have devastating, permanent consequences, and in the dire cases can even lead to wrongful death.

In our 30 years of experience fighting back against bullies and getting great results for the injured, we have gotten our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a family member has been harmed by a careless medical professional in Butler, 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 | Butler, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Data from John Hopkins Medicine found that 10 percent of all fatalities nationwide are because of medical error. Just one percent of physicians are responsible for about 33 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to keep practicing without any punishment. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold at-fault doctors accountable, you can be confident the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than 33 percent of medical malpractice claims end with the plaintiff collecting compensation. 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 full financial recovery you deserve.

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

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 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 immediately clear who was to blame, or many people may be responsible. The trustworthy and talented Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a full investigation into your case and ensure that each party that caused you harm is held responsible for their reckless actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Butler, MO

Medical negligence happens when a healthcare professional breaches the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same field and same geographic location would have addressed your health problems. Our Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that take place in all sorts of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice claims related to outpatient care. More or Less 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed each year. Diagnosing health problems early on is crucial in attaining the best possible outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can cause a delay to the care you desperately require to get better, or can lead to inappropriate care that worsens your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most severe 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 frequent medical malpractice claim related to in-hospital care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical mistakes in the United States each year, and frighteningly, the most common example is performing surgery on the wrong body part. Other instances can include accidental incisions, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like scissors being left inside the patient, infections or failure to address issues emerge after the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the U.S. die annually owing to medication errors. Examples can include not being aware of a patient's allergies, giving an incorrect medication, giving an incorrect dosage or failing to identify interactions with other drugs.

Medication errors can also include overprescribing medications. Studies have found that overprescribing is a principal factor in the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs approximately $210 billion each year. John Hopkins Medicine asked 2,106 physicians and found that doctors themselves believe that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is unnecessary, including:

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

Unnecessary treatment can cause surgical errors, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

On average, 6 to 8 out of 1,000 children born in the United States experience a significant birth injury each year. Not properly monitoring the baby during birth, not appropriately implementing birthing techniques or not identifying a health issue of the mother during pregnancy are all cases of medical malpractice that can lead to long-term or lifelong health problems.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act determined a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to protect and ensure their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home or its staff disregards those rights and your loved one is harmed as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them liable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have an inherent right to make choices for ourselves. When a physician does not inform you of risks, or fails to acquire your consent before a procedure, it is a serious breach of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers have experience with every category of malpractice suit. We know the terrible repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's negligence can cause, and the rage and sorrow that comes with discovering that your trust was broken. We hold at-fault doctors accountable and deliver our Butler, MO clients the best possible financial recovery they deserve and need to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have substantial medical comprehension and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor breached the standard of care. Get in touch with our medical malpractice lawyers in Butler, MO at once at (573) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice suits are infamously hard to win. That is why you need exceptional medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, perseverance and savvy to deliver you the full compensation you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get to work on your claim immediately
  • Connect you with trusted and accomplished physicians to finally get you the medical attention you need
  • Carry out a comprehensive investigation, including collecting medical records, professional testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Converse with our network of Butler, MO medical experts to determine standard of care in your case, show how the treatment you were provided with was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer compassionate, informed and dependable legal advice
  • Make sure you informed throughout your claim so you are aware of what is going on and know everything you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Manage every legal aspect of your case so you can focus on recovering
  • Converse with with economic experts to exactly value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to secure you a full settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company does not want to be fair in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that the average person in Butler, MO does not have the resources and legal savvy to stand up to the expensive defense teams of doctors and large insurance companies. That is why our Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay us any fees until we get you the best possible compensation you are owed. We have dedicated our careers to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable in Butler, MO have access to the highest form of legal advocacy, one that matches and exceeds that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to abolish every hurdle standing between you and justice.

What You Need in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error committed by medical professional constitutes malpractice. In order to collect a financial recovery for substandard treatment in Butler, MO, you must conclusively show four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was established. This means proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is typically not hard to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was negligent. You need to be able to demonstrate that a competent doctor in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same health issue, would not have committed the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused you harm. This can frequently be tough to prove, as patients being treated by a physician are customarily already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient damages. This can include physical pain, impairment, additional medical costs, or loss of future earning potential.

In Missouri, you will also be required to include an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your lawsuit, following Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a a medical professional in the same field that says that a) the doctor did not provide the care that a careful healthcare provider would have under the same circumstances, and b) the failure caused the alleged harm. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of experienced and professional medical connections in Butler and throughout Missouri who will help validate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which seek to compensate you for the monetary damages you have sustained because of a physician'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 capacity if the medical negligence caused an impairment that does not allow you to perform the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, including:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required 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 around the clock until you get every penny that you are owed. We know that you can never fully recover from some injuries, but we fight to ensure that you get justice.

Malpractice cases vary from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of key aspects. Your medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will help you understand 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 doctor's and hospitals. The bill enforces "damage caps" on how much you can be awarded 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? | Butler, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The damage caps 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 establish if your injury can be seen as catastrophic. Senate Bill 239 says 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 Butler, MO?

If you or a family member were injured by a medical professional's negligence in Butler, MO, it is imperative to contact medical malpractice lawyers at once. While most personal injury claims have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice suits 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 your claim. 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 did not 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 care about was under 18 at the time of the substandard care, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to wait. Get in touch with the Burger Law Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We start working on your case at once and do not stop until you collect the best possible compensation . Waiting could create complications your case and could make it tough for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to show the full impacts of your damages. Call Burger Law's Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Butler, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a physician gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Butler, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Midwest. 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 30 years fighting back against bullies and standing up for the "little guy." We will not let doctors, large hospitals exploit your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Butler, 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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