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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Jackson County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Jackson County, Missouri. If you or someone you care about were injured because a healthcare professional did not provide you with the proper care that you deserved, call Burger Law right away at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get the best possible compensation for the vulnerable in Jackson County and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a doctor, medical institution or other healthcare professional in Jackson County, MO did not respect your health. When we seek medical care, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our health — and sometimes even our lives — in capable hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse illnesses or injuries as a result, trust in the experienced and skilled Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to get you justice and a full financial recovery. Not only are we compassionate and devoted to the injured in Jackson 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 medical professionals and their insurance company to understand that we are serious and will not take anything but the best possible financial recovery. Negligent health care can have terrible, permanent consequences, and in the most tragic cases can even cause wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience standing up to bullies and getting great results for the injured, we have secured our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a careless physician in Jackson County, MO, reach out to Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers straight away at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Jackson County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Data from John Hopkins Medicine found that one-tenth of all deaths in the United States are because of medical error. Just one percent of physicians account for about a third of medical malpractice cases. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to keep practicing without any penalty. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold at-fault doctors accountable, 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 collecting compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need committed and experienced Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to ensure you recover the full financial recovery you deserve.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Jackson County, MO Can Hold To Blame in Your Case

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 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 immediately clear who was at fault, or many parties may be accountable. The trustworthy and knowledgeable Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a complete investigation into your case and make sure that every party that caused you harm is held accountable for their reckless actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Jackson County, MO

Medical negligence takes place 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 Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that transpire in a variety of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most frequent reason for medical malpractice lawsuits related to out-of-hospital care. About 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed every year. Diagnosing medical problems early on is often a deciding factor 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 get better, or can cause unsuitable 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 errors are the most frequent medical malpractice claim when it comes to inpatient care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical errors in the U.S. annually, and frighteningly, the most common example is operating on an erroneous body part. Other instances can include accidental incisions, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like instruments remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to address issues show up after the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people nationwide die annually owing to mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not taking a record of the patient's allergies, giving an incorrect medication, giving an incorrect dosage or not recognizing interactions with other drugs.

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

Unnecessary Care

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

  • More than a fifth of prescription medications
  • Almost a quarter of medical tests
  • More than a tenth of procedures
  • More than a fifth of medical care in general

Unnecessary treatment can result in surgical errors, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

Roughly 6 to 8 out of 1,000 children born in the United States experience a serious birth injury Every year. Not correctly monitoring the infant throughout birth, not correctly using birthing techniques or not diagnosing a health condition with the mother during pregnancy are all examples of medical malpractice that can cause long-term or permanent health problems.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act determined 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 shirks those rights and your loved one is harmed as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them responsible.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have an inherent right to make decisions for ourselves. When a doctor neglects to inform you of risks, or neglects to obtain your consent before treatment, it is an appalling violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have experience with every variety of malpractice claim. We know the cataclysmic repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's negligence can cause, and the rage and sorrow that accompanies learning that your trust was betrayed. We hold careless doctors responsible and deliver our Jackson County, MO clients the great compensation they deserve and require to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have vast medical comprehension and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor breached the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Jackson County, MO right away at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice claims are infamously difficult to win. That is why you need exceptional medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, perseverance and talent to deliver you the maximum financial recovery you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your case straight away
  • Connect you with trusted and competent physicians to finally get you the medical attention you are owed
  • Conduct a complete investigation, including acquiring medical records, qualified testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Consult with our network of Jackson County, MO medical experts to determine standard of care in your case, show how the care you were given was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer compassionate, informed and honest legal direction
  • Keep you informed through the duration of 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
  • Consult with with economic experts to ascertain exactly how much your claim is worth
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters to secure you a full settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company does not want to offer what you deserve in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that most people in Jackson County, MO does not have the resources and legal knowledge to stand up to the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. For that reason, our Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We accept no attorneys fees until we get you the full compensation you deserve. We have dedicated our careers to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in Jackson County, MO have access to the highest standard of legal representation, one that rivals and exceeds that of large hospitals. 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 amounts to malpractice. In order to collect compensation for negligent treatment in Jackson County, MO, you must prove four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was established. This amounts to proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is typically not hard to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was breached the standard of care. You need to be able to prove that a capable doctor in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same medical condition, would not have committed the same error.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused you injured. This can often be hard to prove, as patients under a physician's care are generally already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient damages. This can include physical pain, impairment, additional medical costs, or loss of future earning potential.

In Missouri, you will also need to provide an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your case, 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 offer the care that a prudent healthcare provider would have under similar circumstances, and b) the failure caused the alleged injuries. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a large network of experienced and professional medical connections in Jackson County and throughout Missouri who will help confirm your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive generally falls into two categories: economic damages, which try to compensate you for the monetary loss you have sustained due to a doctor'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 resulted in a disability that does not allow you to perform the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required 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 nickel that you deserve. We know that you can never fully recover from some injuries, but we fight to make certain that you are made whole again.

Malpractice cases differ from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of key details. 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 attempt to lessen insurance premiums for doctor's 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 caps are $450,098 for a "non-catastrophic injury" and $787,671 for a "catastrophic injury."

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

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher 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 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 Jackson County, MO?

If you or a loved one were injured by a physician's negligence in Jackson County, MO, it is crucial to call medical malpractice lawyers at once. While most personal injury cases have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice lawsuits only have a time limit of two years, pursuant 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 notable 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 someone you love was a minor at the time of the substandard care, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to wait. Contact the Burger Law Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We get started on your case at once and do not let up until you collect the best possible compensation . Delaying could bring complications to your suit and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full effects of your damages. Call Burger Law's Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Jackson County, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a physician was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Jackson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers comprise the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Midwest. We fight hard for our clients and work around the clock to get them the great results they need to recover. 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 physicians, large hospitals manipulate your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Jackson 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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