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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Montgomery County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Montgomery County, Missouri. If you or a loved one were hurt because a doctor did not provide you with the proper 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 compensation for our clients in Montgomery County and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other healthcare professional in Montgomery County, MO broke the rules. When we seek medical treatment, we do so believing that we are placing our well-being — and occasionally even our lives — in dependable hands. When doctors are negligent and you end up with even worse illnesses or harm as a consequence, trust in the accomplished and savvy Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to secure you justice and the best possible financial recovery. Not only are we understanding and devoted to the injured in Montgomery County, MO, but we are more aggressive than the majority of law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the negligent doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are serious and will not take anything but a full financial recovery. Negligent health care can have horrible, permanent repercussions, and in the most tragic cases can even cause wrongful death.

In our 30 years of experience fighting back against bullies and getting great results for the injured, we have won our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a careless physician in Montgomery County, MO, reach out to Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Montgomery County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A study by John Hopkins Medicine found that one in ten of all fatalities in the United States are due to medical error. Just one percent of doctors account for about 33 percent of medical malpractice cases. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to continue practicing without any punishment. 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 a third of medical malpractice lawsuits end with the plaintiff recovering damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was paid out in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need dedicated and accomplished Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make certain you are awarded the great compensation you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Montgomery County, MO Can Hold Responsible in Your Case

We often 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 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 lawsuits are often intricate; it may not be immediately clear who was liable, or many parties might be to blame. The trusted and talented Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a complete investigation into your claim and make certain that every party that caused you injuries is held accountable for their thoughtless behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Montgomery County, MO

Medical negligence happens when a healthcare professional disobeys the standard of care, which is how a competent doctor in the same field and same geographic location would have addressed your health problems. Our Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that take place in many different ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice suits that occur in outpatient care. About 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year. Diagnosing health problems early on is often a deciding factor in achieving the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can lead to a delay to the treatment you desperately need to become healthier, or can cause inappropriate care that aggravates your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most severe health conditions, including:

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

Surgical Errors

Surgical mistakes are the most frequent medical malpractice case when it comes to in-hospital care. There are at least 4,000 surgical mistakes in the U.S. annually, and frighteningly, the most common source is performing surgery on the wrong body part. Other instances can include accidental cuts, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like scissors remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to address complications emerge after the surgery.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the United States die annually owing to mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not knowing a patient's allergies, giving an incorrect medication, giving the wrong dosage or neglecting to identify interactions with other drugs.

Another example of medication errors is overprescribing medications. Studies have found that overprescribing is a main factor in the opioid crisis in the United States.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs an estimated $210 billion each 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 not needed, including:

  • Over a fifth of prescription medications
  • 24.9 percent of medical tests
  • More than a tenth of procedures
  • 20.6 percent of all medical care

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

Birth Injuries

About 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States suffer a significant birth injury each year. Not appropriately observing the baby throughout delivery, not appropriately utilizing birthing techniques or not identifying a health condition with the mother during pregnancy are all cases of medical negligence that can result in long-term or permanent health problems.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act established a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to protect and ensure their physical, emotional and social well-being. When a nursing home or its staff neglects those rights and the person you love is consequently harmed, 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 decisions for ourselves. When a healthcare institution fails to inform you of risks, or does not secure your consent before treatment, it is a serious infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the ruinous consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's carelessness can cause, and the anger and sorrow that accompanies learning that your trust was betrayed. We hold at-fault doctors responsible and win our Montgomery County, MO clients the maximum compensation they deserve and require to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have considerable medical knowledge and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor violated the standard of care. Get in touch with our medical malpractice lawyers in Montgomery County, MO immediately at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice suits are notoriously difficult to win. That is why you need exceptional medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, persistence and prowess to deliver you the maximum compensation you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your claim straight away
  • Connect you with honest and competent doctors to finally get you the medical care you deserve
  • Perform a comprehensive investigation, including gathering medical records, expert testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Consult with our network of Montgomery County, MO medical experts to determine standard of care in your case, show how the care you received was substandard and prove negligence
  • Offer sympathetic, sound and straightforward legal advice
  • 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
  • Manage every legal aspect of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Consult with with economic experts to precisely value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to win 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 Montgomery County, MO does not have the resources and legal expertise to stand up to the expensive defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. For that reason, our Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay us anything until we get you the best possible financial recovery you are owed. We have committed our careers to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in Montgomery County, MO have access to the highest form of legal representation, one that rivals and eclipses that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to remove every barrier standing between you and justice.

What You Need in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake committed by medical professional amounts to malpractice. In order to get compensation for improper care in Montgomery County, MO, you must prove four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you demonstrate that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was determined. This amounts to 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 breached the standard of care. You need to be able to show that a competent doctor in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same health issue, would not have committed the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s violation of the standard of care directly caused you injured. This is often difficult to prove, as patients under a physician'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 bills, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also need to include an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your claim, according to Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a a healthcare professional in the same practice area that opines that a) the doctor did not give you the care that a careful healthcare provider would have in the same situation, and b) the failure contributed to the alleged harm. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of accomplished and professional medical connections in Montgomery County and throughout Missouri who will help substantiate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you get typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which are meant to compensate you for the monetary loss you have undergone due to a physician'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 potential if the medical negligence led to a disability that does not permit you to perform the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, including:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches 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 relentlessly until you get every cent that you deserve. We know that some injuries are impossible to truly recover from, but we fight to make sure that your pain and suffering is alleviated.

Malpractice cases diverge from other personal injuries in Missouri in two key details. Your medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will help you navigate 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 attempt to lower insurance premiums for medical liability. The bill establishes "damage caps" on how much compensation you can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit 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? | Montgomery County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The damage caps for catastrophic injuries are higher because they affect your ability to perform daily tasks and to find enjoyment in life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you ascertain if your injury can be viewed 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 Montgomery County, MO?

If you or someone you care about were harmed by a physician's substandard care in Montgomery County, MO, it is vital to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers immediately. While most personal injury claims have a time limit of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice cases only have a time limit of two years, pursuant to 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 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 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 under 18 at the time of the malpractice, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to wait. Get in touch with the Burger Law Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers now. We begin working on your case at once and do not stop until you have been fully compensated . Waiting could create difficulties for your suit and could make it difficult for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to prove the full consequences of your damages. Call Burger Law's Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Montgomery County, MO

No one deserves to have their life turned upside down because a medical professional gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Montgomery County, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in Montgomery County, MO. We fight hard for our clients and work relentlessly to get them the great results they need to be made whole again. 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 corporations abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Montgomery 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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