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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Clinton County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Clinton County, Missouri. If you or someone you love were hurt because a doctor did not offer you the competent treatment that you deserved, call Burger Law right away at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great results for our clients in Clinton County and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other healthcare professional in Clinton County, MO gave you substandard care. When we search out medical treatment, we do so believing that we are placing our health — and sometimes even our lives — in proficient hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse illnesses or harm as a result, trust in the veteran and skilled Clinton County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to get you justice and a full financial recovery. Not only are we empathetic and dedicated to the injured in Clinton County, MO, but we are more aggressive than the majority of law firms in filing lawsuits and not waiting around for the at-fault doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to realize that we mean business and will accept nothing but full compensation. Negligent health care can have horrible, permanent consequences, and in the dire circumstances can even cause wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience pushing 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 care about has been harmed by a careless physician in Clinton County, MO, reach out to Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Clinton County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Research by John Hopkins Medicine found that 10 percent of all fatalities in the U.S. are because of medical error. Just one percent of physicians account for nearly 33 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to keep practicing without any discipline. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold at-fault 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 compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was paid out in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need dedicated and accomplished Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make certain you receive the great financial recovery you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Clinton County, MO Can Hold To Blame in Your Claim

We often automatically think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many people or institutions that may be liable 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 suits are frequently intricate; it may not be clear right away who was accountable, or many parties may be at fault. The trustworthy and skilled Clinton County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will carry out a complete investigation into your claim and ensure that each party that caused you injuries is held responsible for their negligent actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Clinton County, MO

Medical negligence happens when a healthcare professional breaks the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same practice area and same geographic location would have treated your health problems. Our Clinton County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that happen in all sorts of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice suits that take place in out-of-hospital care. About 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed each year. Catching health problems early on is critical in achieving the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can cause a delay to the care you seriously need to become healthier, or can cause improper treatment that aggravates 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 vascular events
  • 13.5 percent for infections

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are the most frequent medical malpractice case when it comes to inpatient treatment. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical mistakes in the U.S. each year, and frighteningly, the most common instance is operating on an erroneous body part. Other examples can include accidental incisions, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like instruments remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to treat complications emerge after the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people nationwide die each year because of mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not being aware of a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage or not identifying interactions with other drugs.

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

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs roughly $210 billion every year. John Hopkins Medicine surveyed 2,106 doctors and discovered that physicians themselves believe that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is not needed, including:

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

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

Birth Injuries

An estimated 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States experience a significant birth injury each year. Not correctly observing the baby throughout delivery, not properly using birthing techniques or not identifying a health condition with the mother during pregnancy are all instances of medical negligence that can lead to long-term or lifelong health issues.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act put in place a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to safeguard and guarantee their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home institution or staff does not ensure those rights and the person you love is consequently hurt, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them liable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have a fundamental right to make decisions for ourselves. When a physician neglects to inform you of risks, or does not obtain your consent before treatment, it is an outrageous infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our Clinton County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the devastating consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's carelessness can cause, and the rage and sorrow that comes with finding out that your trust was betrayed. We hold negligent doctors to blame and get our Clinton County, MO clients the best possible compensation they deserve and need to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have vast medical knowledge and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor violated the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Clinton County, MO at once at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice lawsuits are infamously difficult to win. That is why you need stellar medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, determination and talent to get you the full compensation you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Begin working on your claim right away
  • Connect you with honest and accomplished physicians to finally get you the medical care you are owed
  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation, including procuring medical records, professional testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Converse with our network of Clinton County, MO medical experts to determine standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you were given was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer thoughtful, sound and direct legal advice
  • Keep you informed throughout your lawsuit so you are not left in the dark and you know everything you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Handle every legal aspect of your case so you can focus on recovering
  • Converse with with economic experts to precisely value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to deliver you the best possible settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury 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 Clinton County, MO does not have the resources and legal proficiency to oppose the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large corporations. That is why our Clinton County, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We charge no attorneys fees until we get you the great compensation you are owed. We have devoted our lives to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable in Clinton County, MO have access to the highest quality legal advocacy, one that equals and surpasses that of large hospitals. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to get rid of every obstacle standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error committed by medical professional amounts to malpractice. In order to receive a financial recovery for negligent treatment in Clinton County, MO, you must prove four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you demonstrate that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was determined. This amounts to proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is usually 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 practice area, in the same geographical location caring for the same health condition, would not have made the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused the injury. This is often difficult to prove, as patients under a doctor’s care are usually already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient damages. Instances can 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 claim, pursuant 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 provide the treatment that a careful healthcare provider would have under the same circumstances, and b) the failure contributed to the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a large network of experienced and professional medical connections in Clinton County and throughout Missouri who will help validate your claim.

What Compensation Can I Collect? | Clinton County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you recover typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which are intended to compensate you for the financial damages you have sustained because of a doctor's negligence; and noneconomic damages, which are meant 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 a disability that does not permit you to perform the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical bills, for instance:
      • 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 relentlessly until you get every penny that you deserve. We know that you can never truly recover from some injuries, but we fight to make certain 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 navigate 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 physicians and hospitals. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on how much you can collect 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? | Clinton County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits 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 determine if your injury can be seen 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"

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

If you or a loved one were injured by a healthcare professional's substandard care in Clinton County, MO, it is imperative to contact medical malpractice lawyers at once. While most personal injury cases have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice claims 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 key 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 neglected 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 your loved one was under 18 on the date of the substandard care, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to delay. Get in touch with the Burger Law Clinton County, MO medical malpractice lawyers straight away. We get started on your case right away and do not rest until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could create complications your suit and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to show the full impacts of your damages. Call Burger Law's Clinton County, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Clinton County, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a doctor gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Clinton 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 relentlessly to get them the great results they need to move forward with their lives. 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 doctors, large corporations abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Clinton 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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