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Medical Malpractice Lawyers California, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in California, Missouri. If you or someone you love were harmed because a physician did not give you the competent care that you were owed, call Burger Law straight away at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get the best possible results for the vulnerable in California and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a physician, hospital or other healthcare professional in California, MO gave you substandard care. When we search out medical care, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our health — and occasionally even our lives — in competent hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse illnesses or injuries as a result, believe in the experienced and knowledgeable California, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to get you justice and a full financial recovery. Not only are we compassionate and dedicated to our California, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than the majority of law firms in filing lawsuits and not waiting around for the negligent doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are serious and will not take anything but a full financial recovery. Negligent health care can have horrible, life-long consequences, and in the most tragic cases can even cause wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience fighting back against bullies and getting the best possible results for the injured, we have secured our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a negligent doctor in California, MO, get in touch with Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers straight away at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | California, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that one in ten of all deaths in the United States are owing to medical error. Just one percent of doctors are responsible for just about a third of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to keep practicing without any repercussions. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold negligent 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 being awarded compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need dedicated and seasoned Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to ensure you get the great compensation you deserve.

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

We often immediately 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 suits are often complicated; it may not be clear right away who was to blame, or many parties might be accountable. The trustworthy and skilled California, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will perform a complete investigation into your injuries and make sure that each party that caused you injuries is held responsible for their negligent behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in California, MO

Medical negligence happens when a healthcare professional disobeys the standard of care, which is how a competent doctor in the same field and same geographic location would have treated your health issue. Our California, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that occur in myriad ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice cases that occur in outpatient treatment. More or Less 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year. Catching health issues early on is critical in achieving the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can lead to a delay to the treatment you seriously need to get better, or can result in improper care that aggravates 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 cardiac events
  • 13.5 percent for infections

Surgical Errors

Surgical mistakes are the most frequent medical malpractice claim related to inpatient care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical mistakes nationwide each year, and frighteningly, the most common example is operating on the wrong body part. Other instances can include accidental cuts, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like scissors remaining 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 every year owing to mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not knowing a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage or neglecting to recognize interactions with other drugs.

Another example of medication errors is overprescribing medications. Studies have found that overprescribing is a main factor in the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Unnecessary Care

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

  • 22 percent of prescription medications
  • Almost a quarter of medical tests
  • More than one-tenth of procedures
  • More than one-fifth of all medical care

Unnecessary treatment can lead to surgical errors, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

An estimated 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States suffer a significant birth injury Annually. Not appropriately observing the baby throughout delivery, not appropriately using birthing techniques or not identifying a health problem with the mother during pregnancy are all cases of medical malpractice that can cause long-term or lifelong health conditions.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act established a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to protect and confirm their physical, emotional and social well-being. When a nursing home or its staff shirks those rights and your loved one is consequently harmed, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them liable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have an innate right to make decisions for ourselves. When a medical professional fails to inform you of risks, or does not acquire your consent before treatment, it is an appalling violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our California, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the traumatic consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's carelessness can cause, and the rage and grief that accompanies finding out that your trust was broken. We hold negligent doctors to blame and win our California, MO clients the great compensation they are owed and that they require to move on and be made whole again. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have substantial medical comprehension and will be able to discover exactly how your doctor violated the standard of care. Call our medical malpractice lawyers in California, MO right away at (573) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice suits are notoriously difficult to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, perseverance and savvy to secure you the great compensation you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get to work on your case straight away
  • Connect you with honest and competent doctors to finally get you the medical care you deserve
  • Perform a comprehensive investigation, including acquiring medical records, expert testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Confer with our network of California, MO medical experts to ascertain standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you received was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer thoughtful, sound and direct legal counsel
  • Keep you informed throughout 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
  • Handle every legal aspect of your case so you can spend your energy on recovering
  • Converse with with economic experts to determine exactly how much your claim is worth
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to secure you a full 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 most people in California, MO does not have the resources and legal savvy to stand up to the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large corporations. That is why our California, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. We charge no attorneys fees until we get you the full compensation you deserve. We have pledged our careers to making certain that the injured and vulnerable in California, MO have access to the highest form of legal advocacy, one that compares with and eclipses that of large hospitals. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to get rid of every impediment 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 receive compensation for negligent treatment in California, MO, you must demonstrate 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 usually very easy to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was negligent. You need to be able to prove that a capable doctor in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same health condition, would not have made the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused the injury. This can frequently be hard to prove, as patients being treated by a doctor are typically already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient damages. This can include physical pain, a disability, additional medical bills, or loss of future earning potential.

In Missouri, you will also need to provide an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your claim, according to Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a a medical professional in the same field that states that a) the doctor did not offer the care that a prudent healthcare provider would have in the same situation, and b) the negligence caused the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of accomplished and qualified medical connections in California and throughout Missouri who will help authenticate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive usually falls into two categories: economic damages, which are intended to compensate you for the monetary loss you have experienced due to a doctor's substandard care; and noneconomic damages, which try to compensate for the less tangible ways in which your injuries have impacted your life:

  • Economic damages include:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential if the medical negligence caused an impairment that does not permit you to carry out the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, such as:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • 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 around the clock until you get every dime that you deserve. We know that you can never fully heal from some injuries, but we fight to make sure that you are made whole again.

Malpractice cases diverge from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of crucial manners. 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 put into law Senate Bill 239 in an effort to lower insurance premiums for doctor's and hospitals. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on how much compensation you can recover 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? | California, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are greater because they affect your ability to perform basic tasks and to enjoy life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you establish if your injury can be viewed as 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 California, MO?

If you or a family member were hurt by a doctor's negligence in California, MO, it is critical to reach out to medical malpractice lawyers right away. While most personal injury claims have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice suits only have a statute of limitations 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 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 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 a minor on the date of the malpractice, you have until their 20th birthday.

Do not delay. Get in touch with the Burger Law California, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We begin working on your case at once and do not rest until you have been fully compensated . Waiting could create complications your case and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to prove the full consequences of your damages. Call Burger Law's California, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers California, MO

No one deserves to have their life halted because a physician was negligent in their care. Burger Law's California, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up 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 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 corporations manipulate your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's California, 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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