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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Gladstone, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Gladstone, Missouri. If you or a loved one were harmed because a physician did not offer you the competent care that you were owed, 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 in Gladstone and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other healthcare professional in Gladstone, MO did not respect your health. When we seek medical attention, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our health — and at times even our lives — in dependable hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse illnesses or harm as a consequence, believe in the experienced and skilled Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to deliver you justice and a full financial recovery. Not only are we empathetic and dedicated to our Gladstone, 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 accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to understand that we mean business and will accept nothing but a full financial recovery. Negligent health care can have cataclysmic, permanent consequences, and in the most tragic circumstances can even lead to wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience pushing back against bullies and getting great results for our clients, we have won our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a careless medical professional in Gladstone, MO, call Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers right away at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Gladstone, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that 10 percent of all deaths in the United States are due to medical error. Just one percent of physicians account for nearly a third of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to continue practicing without any consequences. 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 a third of medical malpractice claims end with the plaintiff receiving damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice claims. You need committed and experienced Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make sure you collect the great compensation you are owed.

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

We frequently automatically think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many parties that may be culpable of 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 complex; it may not be clear straight away who was accountable, or many parties might be at fault. The dependable and talented Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will perform a complete investigation into your claim and make certain that every party that caused you injuries is held responsible for their reckless behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Gladstone, MO

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional disobeys the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same field and same geographic location would have treated your health problems. Our Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that happen in myriad ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most frequent reason for medical malpractice suits that occur in out-of-hospital treatment. More or Less 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed annually. Diagnosing health issues early on is critical in realizing the best possible outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can cause a delay to the care you seriously require to get better, or can result in inappropriate treatment that aggravates your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most serious 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 related to inpatient care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical mistakes in the U.S. each year, and frighteningly, the most common example is operating on an erroneous organ. Other instances can include accidental cuts, anesthesia mistakes, foreign objects like sponges being left inside the patient, infections or failure to treat complications emerge after the surgery.

Medication Errors

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

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

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs approximately $210 billion annually. John Hopkins Medicine surveyed 2,106 physicians and found that doctors themselves think that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is unnecessary, including:

  • Over one-fifth of prescription medications
  • 24.9 percent of medical tests
  • More than a tenth of procedures
  • Over one-fifth of medical treatment in general

Unnecessary care can cause surgical errors, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

On average, 6 to 8 out of 1,000 children born in the United States suffer a significant birth injury each year. Not appropriately observing the baby throughout birth, not properly implementing 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 permanent health issues.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act established 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 disregards those rights and your family member is injured as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them liable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has an inherent right to make choices for ourselves. When a healthcare institution does not inform you of risks, or fails to acquire your consent before treatment, it is a horrible infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the catastrophic consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's neglect can cause, and the exasperation and grief that comes with discovering that your trust was broken. We hold careless doctors accountable and secure our Gladstone, MO clients the best possible compensation they deserve and need to move on and be made whole again. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have extensive medical comprehension and will be able to discover precisely how your doctor violated the standard of care. Get in touch with our medical malpractice lawyers in Gladstone, MO right away at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice suits are notably difficult to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, perseverance and savvy to win you the best possible financial recovery you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Begin working on your claim immediately
  • Connect you with honest and accomplished physicians to finally get you the medical attention you deserve
  • Perform a complete investigation, including obtaining medical records, professional testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Confer with our network of Gladstone, 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 compassionate, informed and trustworthy legal counsel
  • Keep you informed through the duration of your case so you are aware of what is going on and know everything you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Oversee every legal aspect of your case so you can focus on recovering
  • Converse with with economic experts to ascertain precisely how much your claim is worth
  • Negotiate with the insurance company 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 the average person in Gladstone, MO does not have the resources and legal know-how to stand up to the expensive defense teams of doctors and large corporations. For that reason, our Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay us any fees until we get you the great financial recovery you are owed. We have pledged our careers to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable in Gladstone, MO have access to the highest quality legal advocacy, one that equals and exceeds that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to get rid of every impediment 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 get a financial recovery for negligent treatment in Gladstone, MO, you must demonstrate four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship existed. This means proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is commonly very easy to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was violated the standard of care. You need to be able to demonstrate that a competent doctor in the same practice area, in the same geographical location treating the same health condition, would not have made the same error.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused you injured. This can often be tough to prove, as patients under a doctor’s care are usually already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they should be compensated for. Examples include physical pain, impairment, additional medical costs, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also be required to give 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 healthcare professional in the same field that opines that a) the doctor did not give you the treatment that a careful healthcare provider would have under similar circumstances, and b) the failure contributed to the alleged injuries. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of accomplished and qualified medical connections in Gladstone and throughout Missouri who will help substantiate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive usually falls into two categories: economic damages, which try to compensate you for the financial loss you have experienced owing to a doctor's substandard care; and noneconomic damages, which are intended 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 led to an impairment that does not permit you to perform the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Surgeries
      • 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 penny that you deserve. We know that some injuries are impossible to really recover from, but we fight to make sure that your pain and suffering is alleviated.

Malpractice cases differ 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 lower insurance premiums for medical negligence. The bill enforces "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? | Gladstone, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are greater because they affect your ability to carry out basic tasks and to enjoy life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you ascertain 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"

How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Gladstone, MO?

If you or someone you care about were harmed by a doctor's substandard care in Gladstone, MO, it is key to call medical malpractice lawyers immediately. While most personal injury claims have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice cases only have a time limit of two years, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.105. That means that once you have been harmed your medical malpractice lawyers only have two years to investigate your case and file suit. There are three important 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 a minor on the date of the negligent, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to wait. Contact the Burger Law Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers now. We start working on your case at once and do not let up until you collect maximum compensation . Waiting could create difficulties for your case and could make it difficult for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full impacts of your damages. Call Burger Law's Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Gladstone, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a physician was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Gladstone, MO medical malpractice lawyers comprise the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in Gladstone, MO. 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 three decades fighting back against bullies and standing up for the "little guy." We will not let doctors, large hospitals abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Gladstone, 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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