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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Clinton, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Clinton, Missouri. If you or a loved one were harmed because a doctor did not give you the adequate care that you were owed, call Burger Law now at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get the best possible results for the injured and vulnerable in Clinton and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a doctor, medical institution or other medical professional in Clinton, MO disregarded your health. When we get medical treatment, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our health — and occasionally even our lives — in capable hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse illnesses or injuries as a consequence, believe in the seasoned and talented Clinton, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to secure you justice and a full financial recovery. Not only are we sympathetic and dedicated to our Clinton, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing lawsuits and not waiting around for the liable doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are serious and will not take anything but the best possible financial recovery. Negligent health care can have horrible, permanent repercussions, 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 gotten our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless doctor in Clinton, 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 | Clinton, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Research by John Hopkins Medicine found that 10 percent of all deaths in the United States are owing to medical error. Just one percent of doctors are responsible for just about 33 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to keep practicing without any ramifications. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold negligent doctors accountable, 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 receiving compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was paid out in medical malpractice cases. You need devoted and seasoned Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to ensure you collect the maximum financial recovery you are owed.

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

We frequently immediately 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 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 typically complicated; it may not be clear straight away who was responsible, or many people could be liable. The trusted and talented Clinton, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will carry out a full investigation into your claim and ensure that each party that caused you harm is held responsible for their negligent actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Clinton, MO

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional disobeys the standard of care, which is how a competent doctor in the same practice area and same geographic location would have care for your health issue. Our Clinton, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that take place in all sorts of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most frequent reason for medical malpractice suits that take place in out-of-hospital care. About 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed annually. Catching medical issues early on is often a deciding factor in attaining the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can result in a delay to the treatment you seriously require to become healthier, or can result in inappropriate care 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 cardiac events
  • 13.5 percent for infections

Surgical Errors

Surgical mistakes are the most frequent medical malpractice case related to in-hospital care. There are at least 4,000 surgical errors nationwide every year, and frighteningly, the most common example is performing surgery on the wrong body part. Other examples can include accidental incisions, anesthesia mistakes, foreign objects like scissors being left inside the patient, infections or failure to treat problems surface after the surgery.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not being aware of a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving an incorrect dosage or failing to recognize interactions with other drugs.

Medication errors can also include overprescribing medications. Studies show that overprescribing is a main factor in the opioid crisis in the United States.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs roughly $210 billion every year. John Hopkins Medicine asked 2,106 doctors and found that doctors themselves are under the impression that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is unnecessary, including:

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

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

Birth Injuries

An estimated 6 to 8 out of 1,000 children born in the United States suffer a serious birth injury Annually. Not properly monitoring the child during birth, not appropriately implementing birthing procedures or not identifying a health condition of the mother during pregnancy are all examples of medical malpractice that can result in long-term or permanent consequences.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act put in place 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 family member is injured as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them responsible.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have a fundamental right to make choices for ourselves. When a medical institution fails to inform you of risks, or fails to obtain your consent before a procedure, it is an outrageous infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our Clinton, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the horrible consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's neglect can cause, and the rage and grief that accompanies discovering that your trust was betrayed. We hold careless doctors to blame and deliver our Clinton, MO clients the full compensation they deserve and need to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have exhaustive medical comprehension and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor violated the standard of care. Call our medical malpractice lawyers in Clinton, MO right away at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice cases are notoriously hard to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, persistence and savvy to get you the full compensation you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get to work on your case right away
  • Connect you with honest and competent physicians to finally get you the medical attention you are owed
  • Conduct a complete investigation, including gathering medical records, expert testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Confer with our network of Clinton, MO medical experts to corroborate standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you received was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer compassionate, wise and straightforward legal direction
  • Keep you informed throughout your lawsuit so you are not left in the dark and you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Manage every legal aspect of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Work alongside with economic experts to precisely value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters to get you a full 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 people in Clinton, MO does not have access to the resources and legal savvy to fight the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large corporations. For that reason, our Clinton, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We charge no attorneys fees until we get you the great compensation you deserve. We have dedicated our careers to making certain that the injured and vulnerable in Clinton, MO have access to the highest standard of legal advocacy, one that equals and eclipses that of large corporations. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to remove every hindrance standing between you and justice.

What You Need in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error committed by healthcare providers constitutes malpractice. In order to get a financial recovery for improper care in Clinton, MO, you must demonstrate four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you demonstrate 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 commonly not hard to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was violated the standard of care. You need to be able to show that a competent physician in the same practice area, in the same geographical location caring for the same health problem, would not have made the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused you harm. This can often 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. Examples include physical pain, a disability, additional medical bills, or loss of future earning potential.

In Missouri, you will also be required to offer an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your suit, 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 give you the care that a prudent healthcare provider would have under the same circumstances, and b) the negligence caused the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a large network of accomplished and professional medical connections in Clinton and throughout Missouri who will help corroborate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you get usually falls into two categories: economic damages, which are intended to compensate you for the financial damages you have experienced due to 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 carry out the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or needed 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 tirelessly until you get every cent that you are owed. We know that you can never really 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 a couple of key aspects. 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 attempt to lessen insurance premiums for doctor's and hospitals. The bill enforces "damage caps" on the amount you can recover 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? | Clinton, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher because they impact your ability to function in your daily life and to find enjoyment in life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you establish if your injury can be viewed 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 Clinton, MO?

If you or a family member were hurt by a doctor's negligence in Clinton, MO, it is crucial to contact 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, 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 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 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 under 18 on the date of the substandard care, you have until their 20th birthday.

There is no time to delay. Reach out to the Burger Law Clinton, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We get to work on your case at once and do not rest until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could bring complications to your case and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to prove the full extent of your damages. Call Burger Law's Clinton, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Clinton, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a doctor gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Clinton, 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 three decades fighting back against bullies and standing up for the "little guy." We will not let healthcare professionals, large corporations abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Clinton, 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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