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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Caldwell County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Caldwell County, Missouri. If you or a loved one were hurt because a physician did not provide you with the competent care that you were owed, call Burger Law today at (573) 500-HURT or fill out our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great financial recoveries for the injured in Caldwell County and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other healthcare professional in Caldwell County, MO broke the rules. When we get medical treatment, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our health — and at times even our lives — in trustworthy hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse illnesses or injuries as a consequence, trust in the veteran and savvy Caldwell County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to deliver you justice and a full financial recovery. Not only are we understanding and devoted to the injured in Caldwell County, MO, 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 healthcare professionals and their insurance company to know that we are persistent and will accept nothing but the best possible financial recovery. Negligent health care can have cataclysmic, life-long consequences, and in the dire cases can even result in wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience standing up to bullies and getting great results for our clients, we have gotten our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a family member has been injured by a negligent medical professional in Caldwell 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 | Caldwell County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that 10 percent of all fatalities in the United States are owing to medical error. Just one percent of physicians are responsible for almost a third of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to keep practicing without any discipline. 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 recovering compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was paid out in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need devoted and veteran Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to ensure you receive the best possible financial recovery you are owed.

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

We usually automatically think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many parties that may be liable 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 frequently complicated; it may not be clear straight away who was to blame, or many people may be at fault. The trusted and skilled Caldwell County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a complete investigation into your injuries and ensure that every party that caused you injuries is held responsible for their reckless behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Caldwell County, 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 treated your health problems. Our Caldwell County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that happen in myriad ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most frequent reason for medical malpractice cases related to out-of-hospital care. About 12 million people in United States are misdiagnosed each year. Diagnosing health problems early on is critical in getting the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can result in a delay to the treatment you seriously 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 grave 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 inpatient care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical mistakes in the United States annually, and frighteningly, the most common source is performing surgery on an erroneous organ. Other instances can include accidental incisions, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like scissors being left inside the patient, infections or failure to treat problems arising from the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the United States die annually because of medication errors. Examples can include not taking a record of the patient's allergies, giving an incorrect medication, giving an incorrect dosage or neglecting to identify interactions with other drugs.

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

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs about $210 billion every year. John Hopkins Medicine asked 2,106 physicians and learned 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
  • More than a tenth of procedures
  • Over a fifth of all medical care

Unneeded care can lead to surgical mistakes, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

Approximately 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States suffer a serious birth injury Every year. Not appropriately monitoring the infant during birth, not appropriately utilizing birthing procedures or not diagnosing a health issue with the mother during pregnancy are all cases of medical negligence that can lead to long-term or lifelong health problems.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act put in place a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to shield and ensure their physical, emotional and social well-being. When a nursing home or its staff disregards those rights and your loved one is hurt as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them to blame.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have a basic right to make choices for ourselves. When a healthcare institution does not inform you of risks, or does not obtain your consent before a procedure, it is a horrible violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Caldwell County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have experience with every type of negligence case. We know the cataclysmic consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's negligence can cause, and the exasperation and grief that accompanies finding out that your trust was broken. We hold negligent doctors accountable and secure our Caldwell County, MO clients the full compensation they deserve and require to move on and be made whole again. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have vast medical comprehension and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor violated the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Caldwell County, MO straight away at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice suits are notably tough to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, determination and savvy to get you the best possible financial recovery you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your claim straight away
  • Connect you with trustworthy and competent doctors to finally get you the medical treatment you are owed
  • Conduct a complete investigation, including collecting medical records, professional testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Confer with our team of Caldwell County, MO medical experts to determine standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you received was substandard and prove negligence
  • Offer compassionate, informed and straightforward legal direction
  • Keep you informed through the duration of your suit so you are not left in the dark and you have all the information 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 win you the best possible settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company does not want to be fair in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that the average person in Caldwell County, MO does not have access to the resources and legal know-how to stand up to the expensive defense teams of doctors and large corporations. For that reason, our Caldwell County, 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 dedicated our careers to making certain that the injured and vulnerable in Caldwell County, MO have access to the highest standard of legal representation, one that matches and eclipses that of large corporations. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to abolish every impediment standing between you and justice.

What You Need in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error carried out by medical professional amounts to malpractice. In order to be awarded compensation for substandard treatment in Caldwell County, MO, you must prove four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you prove that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship existed. This means proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is commonly very easy 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 made the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused you harm. This can often be difficult to prove, as patients being treated by a doctor are customarily already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they should be compensated for. Instances can include physical pain, impairment, additional medical expenses, or loss of future earning potential.

In Missouri, you will also be required to give 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 treatment that a careful healthcare provider would have under similar circumstances, and b) the failure caused the alleged injuries. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a large network of accomplished and qualified medical connections in Caldwell County and throughout Missouri who will help validate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive generally falls into two categories: economic damages, which seek to compensate you for the financial loss you have undergone due to a doctor's negligence; and noneconomic damages, which are intended 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 an impairment that does not permit you to carry out the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical costs, for instance:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches 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 cent that you deserve. We know that you can never truly recover from some injuries, but we fight to make certain that your pain and suffering is alleviated.

Malpractice cases vary from other personal injuries in Missouri in two essential 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 effort to reduce insurance premiums for medical liability. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on the amount you can recover 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? | Caldwell County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are greater because they affect your ability to perform 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 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 Caldwell County, MO?

If you or a loved one were harmed by a doctor's substandard care in Caldwell County, MO, it is vital to reach out to medical malpractice lawyers immediately. While most personal injury claims have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice suits only have a time limit of two years, according 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 your claim. 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 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 love was a minor on the date of the substandard care, you have until their 20th birthday.

Do not delay. Contact the Burger Law Caldwell County, MO medical malpractice lawyers now. We begin working on your case right away and do not let up until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could bring difficulties to your claim and could make it tough for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to prove the full extent of your damages. Call Burger Law's Caldwell County, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Caldwell County, MO

No one deserves to have their life upended because a medical professional was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Caldwell County, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Region. We fight hard for our clients and work tirelessly to get them the great results they need to be made whole again. 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 manipulate your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Caldwell 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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