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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Callaway County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Callaway County, Missouri. If you or a loved one were harmed because a doctor did not give you the adequate treatment that you deserved, call Burger Law now 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 Callaway County and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a physician, medical institution or other healthcare professional in Callaway 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 capable hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse sickness or harm as a result, trust in the veteran and savvy Callaway County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to get you justice and great financial compensation. Not only are we compassionate and devoted to the injured in Callaway County, MO, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the negligent doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to know that we mean business and will not take anything but the best possible compensation. Negligent health care can have cataclysmic, life-long repercussions, and in the most tragic cases can even lead to wrongful death.

In our 30 years of experience pushing back against bullies and getting the best possible results for our clients, we have won our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent doctor in Callaway County, MO, reach out to Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers now at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Callaway County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that one-tenth of all fatalities in the U.S. are owing to medical error. Just one percent of doctors account for nearly 33 percent of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to continue practicing without any consequences. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold negligent doctors to blame, you can be certain the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than 33 percent of medical malpractice cases end with the plaintiff recovering damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was recovered in medical malpractice cases. You need devoted and veteran Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make sure you get the full financial recovery you deserve.

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

We usually automatically think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many people or institutions that may be to blame for 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 lawsuits are typically complicated; it may not be clear straight away who was at fault, or many people could be accountable. The dependable and skilled Callaway 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 thoughtless behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Callaway County, MO

Medical negligence takes place when a healthcare professional violates the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same field and same geographic location would have addressed your health problems. Our Callaway County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that occur in many different ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most frequent reason for medical malpractice claims that take place in out-of-hospital care. Roughly 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed each year. Catching medical issues early on is critical in attaining the most favorable results for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can lead to a delay to the treatment you desperately need to become healthier, or can lead to improper treatment that worsens your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most grave health conditions, including:

  • 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 case related to inpatient care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical mistakes in the United States every year, and frighteningly, the most common source is performing surgery on an erroneous body part. Other examples can include accidental cuts, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like sponges 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 because of medication errors. Examples can include not knowing a patient's allergies, giving an incorrect medication, giving the wrong dosage or failing to recognize interactions with other drugs.

Another example of medication errors is overprescribing medications. Studies show that overprescribing is a principal contributor to the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs an estimated $210 billion each year. John Hopkins Medicine surveyed 2,106 physicians and learned that physicians themselves are under the impression that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is unnecessary, including:

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

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

Birth Injuries

About 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States suffer a serious birth injury each year. Not appropriately observing the child during delivery, not appropriately using birthing techniques or not diagnosing a health condition of the mother during pregnancy are all instances of medical malpractice that can cause long-term or lifelong health problems.

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 neglects those rights and the person you care about is consequently hurt, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them accountable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has an inherent right to make decisions for ourselves. When a healthcare professional does not inform you of risks, or does not acquire your consent before treatment, it is a serious violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Callaway County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the horrible consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's carelessness can cause, and the rage and sorrow that accompanies finding out that your trust was broken. We hold careless doctors accountable and deliver our Callaway County, MO clients the maximum 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 determine exactly how your doctor breached the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Callaway County, MO immediately at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice claims are infamously hard to win. That is why you need stellar medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, persistence and savvy to win you the full financial recovery you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get working on your claim right away
  • Connect you with honest and capable physicians to finally get you the medical attention you deserve
  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation, including obtaining medical records, expert testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Converse with our network of Callaway County, MO medical experts to establish standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you were given was below standard and prove negligence
  • Offer thoughtful, sound and dependable legal counsel
  • Keep you informed through the duration of your case 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 focus on healing
  • Converse with with economic experts to determine precisely how much your claim is worth
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters to secure 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 most residents of Callaway County, MO does not have access to the resources and legal expertise to oppose the expensive defense teams of doctors and large corporations. That is why our Callaway County, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We accept no attorneys fees until we get you the great financial recovery you are owed. We have pledged our lives to making certain that the injured and vulnerable in Callaway County, MO have access to the highest standard of legal advocacy, one that rivals and eclipses that of large corporations. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to remove every impediment standing between you and justice.

What You Need in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error committed by healthcare providers amounts to malpractice. In order to collect a financial recovery for negligent treatment in Callaway County, MO, you must prove four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you prove 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 breached the standard of care. You need to be able to prove that a competent medical professional in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same medical problem, would not have committed the same error.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused the injury. This can often be hard to prove, as patients under a physician's care are customarily already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they need to be compensated for. Examples include physical pain, a disability, additional medical expenses, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also need to provide an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your case, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a legally qualified healthcare provider that opines that a) the doctor did not offer the treatment that a prudent healthcare provider would have in the same situation, and b) the failure caused the alleged harm. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of experienced and professional medical connections in Callaway County and throughout Missouri who will help corroborate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you collect generally falls into two categories: economic damages, which seek to compensate you for the financial damages you have undergone because of a doctor's negligence; and noneconomic damages, which seek 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 led to a disability that does not permit you to carry out the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical costs, including:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • 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 nickel 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 vary from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of crucial details. 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 attempt to decrease insurance premiums for medical negligence. The bill enforces "damage caps" on how much you can receive in a medical malpractice claim in noneconomic damages. As of 2022, those caps are $450,098 for a "non-catastrophic injury" and $787,671 for a "catastrophic injury."

What is Catastrophic Injury? | Callaway County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are greater because they affect your ability to function in your daily life and to enjoy life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you determine if your injury can be seen 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"

What is the Statute of Limitations in a Medical Malpractice Claim in Callaway County, MO?

If you or a loved one were hurt by a doctor's substandard care in Callaway County, MO, it is essential to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers immediately. While most personal injury cases have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice suits only have a statute of limitations of two years, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.105. That means that once you have been injured your medical malpractice lawyers only have two years to investigate your case and file suit. 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 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 care about was a minor on the date of the negligent, you have until their 20th birthday.

There is no time to delay. Get in touch with the Burger Law Callaway County, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We get started on your case right away and do not rest until you receive full compensation . Waiting could bring difficulties to your suit and could make it difficult for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full effects of your damages. Call Burger Law's Callaway County, MO medical malpractice lawyers mow at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Callaway County, MO

No one deserves to have their life upended because a medical professional was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Callaway County, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in Callaway County, MO. 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 30 years fighting back against bullies and standing up for the "little guy." We will not let doctors, large corporations take advantage of your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Callaway 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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