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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Jackson, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Jackson, Missouri. If you or someone you care about were hurt because a physician did not give you the competent treatment that you were owed, call Burger Law today at (573) 500-HURT or fill out our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get the best possible results for the vulnerable in Jackson and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a physician, medical institution or other healthcare professional in Jackson, MO gave you substandard care. When we search out medical attention, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our well-being — and at times even our lives — in proficient hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse sickness or harm as a result, believe in the seasoned and knowledgeable Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to deliver you justice and maximum financial compensation. Not only are we empathetic and committed to our Jackson, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing lawsuits and not waiting around for the at-fault doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to know that we mean business and will accept nothing but the best possible compensation. Negligent health care can have destructive, life-long consequences, and in the worst cases can even cause wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience fighting back against bullies and getting the best possible results for our clients, we have gotten our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a family member has been injured by a negligent doctor in Jackson, MO, get in touch with Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers now at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Jackson, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Data from John Hopkins Medicine found that one-tenth of all fatalities in the U.S. are due to medical error. Just one percent of physicians account for almost a third of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to continue practicing without any punishment. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold liable doctors to blame, you can be sure the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than a third of medical malpractice lawsuits end with the plaintiff collecting damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was recovered in medical malpractice cases. You need devoted and seasoned Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make sure you recover the best possible financial recovery you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Jackson, MO Can Hold Liable in Your Case

We frequently immediately think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many parties 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 lawsuits are typically complicated; it may not be clear right away who was accountable, or many parties could be accountable. The trustworthy and savvy Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a complete investigation into your case and make certain that every party that caused you harm is held accountable for their negligent actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Jackson, MO

Medical negligence takes place when a healthcare professional violates the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same practice area and same geographic location would have addressed your health problems. Our Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that transpire in all sorts of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice cases that take place in outpatient treatment. Roughly 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed annually. Catching health issues early on is imperative in getting the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can lead to a delay to the treatment you desperately need to get better, or can cause inappropriate treatment that compounds your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most deadly health conditions, for instance:

  • 37.8 percent for cancer
  • 22.8 percent for vascular events
  • 13.5 percent for infections

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are the most common medical malpractice claim when it comes to inpatient treatment. There are at least 4,000 surgical mistakes in the U.S. each year, and frighteningly, the most common instance is operating on the wrong body part. Other examples can include accidental cuts, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like sponges remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to address difficulties arising from the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the United States die annually owing to 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 recognize interactions with other drugs.

Another example of medication errors is overprescribing medications. Studies show that overprescribing is a main contributor to the opioid crisis in the United States.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs an estimated $210 billion every year. John Hopkins Medicine surveyed 2,106 physicians and discovered 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
  • Over one-tenth of procedures
  • More than a fifth of all medical treatment

Unnecessary care can cause surgical errors, 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 appropriately monitoring the child during birth, not correctly using birthing procedures or not diagnosing a health issue with the mother during pregnancy are all instances of medical negligence that can cause long-term or permanent consequences.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act determined a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to protect and confirm their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home or its staff neglects those rights and the person you love is hurt as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them to blame.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have an inherent right to make choices for ourselves. When a medical professional does not inform you of risks, or fails to secure your consent before treatment, it is a horrible breach of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers have experience with every category of malpractice suit. We know the catastrophic repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's neglect can cause, and the anger and sorrow that accompanies learning that your trust was betrayed. We hold negligent doctors accountable and secure our Jackson, MO clients the great financial recovery they are owed and that they require to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have exhaustive medical knowledge and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor violated the standard of care. Contact our medical malpractice lawyers in Jackson, MO immediately at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice cases are notably tough to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, determination and talent to get you the maximum compensation you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get to work on your claim immediately
  • Connect you with honest and competent doctors to finally get you the medical attention you need
  • Perform a full investigation, including collecting medical records, expert testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Confer with our network of Jackson, 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 compassionate, knowledgeable and direct legal counsel
  • Keep you informed throughout your case so you are aware of what is going on and know everything you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Handle every legal aspect of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Work with with economic experts to ascertain precisely how much your claim is worth
  • 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 Jackson, MO does not have the resources and legal knowledge to fight the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. That is why our Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We charge no attorneys fees until we get you the full compensation you are owed. We have devoted our careers to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable in Jackson, MO have access to the highest form of legal advocacy, one that matches and eclipses that of large hospitals. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to abolish every hurdle standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake carried out by medical professional amounts to malpractice. In order to be awarded a financial recovery for improper treatment in Jackson, MO, you must demonstrate four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you prove that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was determined. This means proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is usually very easy to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was negligent. You need to be able to show that a capable healthcare professional in the same practice area, in the same geographical location treating the same medical problem, would not have committed the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused you injured. This can often be tough to prove, as patients under a doctor’s care are typically already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient damages. Instances can include physical pain, a disability, additional medical costs, 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 case, according to Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a legally qualified healthcare provider that says that a) the doctor did not offer the treatment that a careful healthcare provider would have in the same situation, and b) the failure caused the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a massive network of experienced and professional medical connections in Jackson and throughout Missouri who will help authenticate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you collect typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which try to compensate you for the monetary loss you have sustained due to a doctor's negligence; 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 led to a disability that does not allow you to carry out the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical bills, for instance:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches 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 relentlessly until you get every penny that you are owed. We know that you can never really heal from some injuries, but we fight to ensure that you are made whole again.

Malpractice cases vary from other personal injuries in Missouri in two important manners. 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 put into law Senate Bill 239 in an effort to reduce insurance premiums for medical liability. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on the amount you can recover in a medical malpractice lawsuit 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, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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

If you or a loved one were hurt by a medical professional's negligence in Jackson, MO, it is crucial to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers at once. While most personal injury claims have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice claims 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 your claim. 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 did not 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 family member was under 18 on the date of the substandard care, you have until they turn 20.

Do not delay. Get in touch with the Burger Law Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We get to work on your case right away and do not stop until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could create difficulties for your claim and could make it difficult for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to show the full consequences of your damages. Call Burger Law's Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Jackson, MO

No one deserves to have their life halted because a doctor was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Jackson, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up 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 be made whole again. 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 doctors, large hospitals exploit your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Jackson, 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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