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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Cole County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Cole County, Missouri. If you or a loved one were hurt because a healthcare professional did not provide you with the adequate treatment that you deserved, call Burger Law straight away at (573) 500-HURT or fill out our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great results for the injured and vulnerable in Cole County and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a physician, hospital or other healthcare professional in Cole County, MO broke the rules. When we seek medical care, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our well-being — and sometimes even our lives — in capable hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse sickness or injuries as a result, trust in the veteran and talented Cole County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to secure you justice and a full compensation. Not only are we empathetic and devoted to the injured in Cole County, MO, but we are more aggressive than the majority of law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the liable doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to understand that we are serious and will accept nothing but the best possible financial recovery. Negligent health care can have horrible, life-long consequences, and in the dire cases can even result in wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience pushing back against bullies and getting great results for the injured, we have gotten our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a thoughtless doctor in Cole County, 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 | Cole County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that 10 percent of all fatalities nationwide are owing to medical error. Just one percent of physicians are responsible for nearly a third of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to continue practicing without any repercussions. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold at-fault doctors responsible, you can be certain the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than a third 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 claims. You need devoted and veteran Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to ensure you are awarded the great compensation you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Cole County, MO Can Hold Liable in Your Claim

We often immediately think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many people or institutions that may be culpable of 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 frequently complex; it may not be immediately clear who was accountable, or many people may be at fault. The dependable and skilled Cole County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a complete investigation into your case and ensure that each party that caused you harm is held accountable for their negligent actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Cole County, MO

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional violates the standard of care, which is how a capable doctor in the same practice area and same geographic location would have addressed your health issue. Our Cole County, 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 claims that occur in outpatient treatment. More or Less 12 million people in United States are misdiagnosed annually. Catching health problems early on is imperative in attaining the best possible outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can lead to a delay to the care you desperately need to become healthier, or can result in incorrect treatment that exacerbates your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most grave health conditions, for instance:

  • 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 claim related to in-hospital treatment. There are at least 4,000 surgical errors in the United States every year, and frighteningly, the most common example is performing surgery on the wrong body part. Other examples can include accidental incisions, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like sponges remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to address difficulties surface after the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people nationwide die every year because of medication errors. Examples can include not knowing a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving an incorrect dosage or failing to identify interactions with other drugs.

Medication errors can also include overprescribing medications. Studies show 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 doctors themselves think 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
  • 11.1 percent of procedures
  • More than a fifth of medical treatment in general

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

Birth Injuries

Approximately 6 to 8 out of 1,000 children born in the United States experience a serious birth injury Every year. Not appropriately observing the infant throughout birth, not properly implementing birthing procedures or not diagnosing a health condition of the mother during pregnancy are all cases of medical negligence that can result in long-term or lifelong health conditions.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act created a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to shield and confirm their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home or its staff neglects those rights and your family member is harmed as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them to blame.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has an innate right to make decisions for ourselves. When a medical institution neglects to inform you of risks, or does not secure your consent before treatment, it is a serious violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Cole County, 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 anger and grief that accompanies learning that your trust was betrayed. We hold at-fault doctors accountable and secure our Cole County, MO clients the best possible financial recovery they deserve and need to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have considerable medical knowledge and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor breached the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Cole County, MO straight away at (573) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice claims are notably hard to win. That is why you need exceptional medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, tenacity and talent to secure you the best possible compensation you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get working on your case right away
  • Connect you with trustworthy and capable physicians to finally get you the medical treatment you need
  • Perform a complete investigation, including gathering medical records, qualified testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Converse with our network of Cole County, MO medical experts to substantiate standard of care in your case, show how the treatment you were given was substandard and prove negligence
  • Offer empathetic, sound and honest legal guidance
  • Keep you informed throughout 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
  • Manage every legal aspect of your case so you can focus your energy on recovering
  • Converse with with economic experts to ascertain precisely how much your claim is worth
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to secure you the best possible 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 Cole County, MO does not have the resources and legal comprehension to fight the expensive defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. That is why our Cole County, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay us anything until we get you the maximum compensation you deserve. We have devoted our careers to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable in Cole County, MO have access to the highest standard of legal representation, one that matches and eclipses that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to get rid of every barrier standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error committed by healthcare institution or doctor amounts to malpractice. In order to receive compensation for improper care in Cole County, MO, you must conclusively show 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 generally not difficult to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was violated the standard of care. You need to be able to show that a competent medical professional in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same health condition, would not have made the same error.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused you harm. This can often be hard to prove, as patients under a doctor’s care are customarily already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they need to be compensated for. This can include physical pain, impairment, additional medical expenses, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also be required to offer an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your lawsuit, following Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a a medical professional in the same field that says that a) the doctor did not provide the care that a careful healthcare provider would have under the same circumstances, and b) the negligence contributed to the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a massive network of accomplished and professional medical connections in Cole County and throughout Missouri who will help corroborate your claim.

What Compensation Can I Recover? | Cole County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which seek to compensate you for the financial damages you have sustained due to a doctor's substandard care; and noneconomic damages, which are meant 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 a disability that does not allow you to conduct the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary improvements 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 are owed. We know that you can never truly heal 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 two crucial aspects. 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 passed Senate Bill 239 in an effort to diminish insurance premiums for medical liability. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on the amount you can receive in a medical malpractice claim 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? | Cole County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher because they affect your ability to carry out daily tasks 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 says 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 Cole County, MO?

If you or someone you love were hurt by a physician's negligence in Cole County, MO, it is vital to reach out to medical malpractice lawyers straight away. 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, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.105. That means that once you have been hurt 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 a minor on the date of the substandard care, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to delay. Call the Burger Law Cole County, MO medical malpractice lawyers straight away. We get started on your case at once and do not let up until you have been fully compensated . Waiting could bring difficulties to your suit and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full impacts of your damages. Call Burger Law's Cole County, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Cole County, MO

No one deserves to have their life turned upside down because a physician gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Cole County, MO medical malpractice lawyers comprise the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Midwest. We fight hard for our clients and work tirelessly to get them the great results they need to move forward with their lives. 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 healthcare professionals, large corporations abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Cole 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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