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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Johnson County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Johnson County, Missouri. If you or someone you love were injured because a doctor did not provide you with the competent treatment that you were owed, call Burger Law today at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great compensation for the injured in Johnson County and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other medical professional in Johnson County, MO broke the rules. When we get medical attention, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our well-being — and at times even our lives — in competent hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse illnesses or injuries as a consequence, trust in the experienced and skilled Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to secure you justice and a full financial recovery. Not only are we compassionate and dedicated to our Johnson County, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the liable doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to know that we are persistent and will accept nothing but maximum compensation. Negligent health care can have terrible, permanent consequences, and in the most tragic cases can even result in wrongful death.

In our three decades of experience pushing back against bullies and getting great results for our clients, we have secured our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or someone you care about has been harmed by a thoughtless physician in Johnson County, MO, get in touch with Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Johnson County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that 10 percent of all fatalities in the U.S. are owing to medical error. Just one percent of physicians are responsible for almost 33 percent of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to continue practicing without any discipline. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold liable doctors accountable, you can be sure the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than 33 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits end with the plaintiff being awarded compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need dedicated and seasoned Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are owed.

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

We frequently automatically 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 cases are often complicated; it may not be immediately clear who was at fault, or many parties may be responsible. The trusted and skilled Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will carry out a complete investigation into your injuries and ensure that every party that caused you harm is held accountable for their negligent behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Johnson County, MO

Medical negligence transpires 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 care for your health problems. Our Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that take place in myriad ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice suits that take place in out-of-hospital care. Roughly 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed annually. Diagnosing medical problems early on is imperative in getting the most favorable results for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can result in a delay to the care you seriously need to get better, or can cause improper care that aggravates your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most grave health conditions, such as:

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

Surgical Errors

Surgical mistakes are the most frequent medical malpractice case when it comes to inpatient treatment. There are at least 4,000 surgical errors in the U.S. annually, and frighteningly, the most common instance is operating on an incorrect body part. Other examples can include accidental incisions, anesthesia mistakes, foreign objects like scissors remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to address complications surface after the surgery.

Medication Errors

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

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

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs roughly $210 billion every year. John Hopkins Medicine asked 2,106 doctors and found that physicians themselves are under the impression that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is not needed, including:

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

Unneeded treatment can lead to surgical mistakes, medication errors and overprescribed medication.

Birth Injuries

Roughly 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States suffer a serious birth injury Every year. Not appropriately monitoring the baby during delivery, not appropriately implementing birthing procedures or not identifying a health problem with the mother during pregnancy are all cases of medical malpractice that can result in long-term or lifelong consequences.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act put in place 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 loved one 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 inherent right to make choices for ourselves. When a doctor neglects to inform you of risks, or fails to acquire your consent before treatment, it is an egregious violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have experience with every type of malpractice suit. We know the horrible repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's negligence can cause, and the rage and sorrow that comes with learning that your trust was betrayed. We hold at-fault doctors accountable and get our Johnson County, MO clients the maximum compensation they deserve and require to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have vast medical knowledge and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor breached the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in Johnson County, MO today at (573) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice suits are notoriously tough to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, persistence and skills to get you the full financial recovery you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Begin working on your case at once
  • Connect you with trusted and competent doctors to finally get you the medical care you are owed
  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation, including procuring medical records, qualified testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Converse with our team of Johnson County, MO medical experts to ascertain standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you were given was below standard and prove negligence
  • Offer compassionate, knowledgeable and trustworthy legal advice
  • Keep you informed throughout your case so you are not left in the dark and you know everything 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
  • Work with with economic experts to ascertain precisely how much your claim is worth
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to get you the best possible 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 Johnson County, 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 Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us any fees until we get you the full financial recovery you are owed. We have pledged our lives to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable in Johnson County, MO have access to the highest form of legal advocacy, one that matches and eclipses that of large corporations. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to abolish every impediment standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake carried out by healthcare providers amounts to malpractice. In order to be awarded compensation for negligent care in Johnson County, MO, you must demonstrate four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you demonstrate that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship existed. This amounts to proof that you hired the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. This is generally 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 competent physician in the same practice area, in the same geographical location caring for the same medical condition, would not have committed the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused you harm. This can frequently be tough to prove, as patients being treated by a doctor are customarily already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they should be compensated for. Examples include physical pain, a disability, additional medical bills, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also be required to include an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your claim, under 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 careful healthcare provider would have under similar circumstances, and b) the failure caused the alleged injuries. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of experienced and qualified medical connections in Johnson County and throughout Missouri who will help substantiate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you collect typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which seek to compensate you for the financial damages you have sustained because of a physician'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 potential if the medical negligence caused an impairment that does not permit you to carry out the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required 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 dime that you deserve. We know that some injuries are impossible to fully heal from, but we fight to make certain that your pain and suffering is alleviated.

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 lessen insurance premiums for medical liability. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on how much you can receive 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? | Johnson County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher because they affect your ability to function in your daily life and to enjoy life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you determine 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"

What is the Statute of Limitations in a Medical Malpractice Claim in Johnson County, MO?

If you or someone you care about were injured by a doctor's negligence in Johnson County, MO, it is essential to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers right away. While most personal injury claims have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice suits only have a statute of limitations 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 your family member was a minor on the date of the negligent, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to delay. Reach out to the Burger Law Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers today. We get started on your case right away and do not stop until you have been fully compensated . Delaying could bring difficulties to your claim and could make it tough for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full consequences of your damages. Call Burger Law's Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers mow at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Johnson County, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a physician was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Johnson County, MO medical malpractice lawyers comprise the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in Johnson County, MO. We fight hard for our clients and work tirelessly 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 healthcare professionals, large hospitals abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Johnson 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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