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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Richmond, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Richmond, Missouri. If you or someone you love were injured because a physician did not give you the competent treatment that you deserved, call Burger Law now at (573) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great compensation for the injured and vulnerable in Richmond and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other medical professional in Richmond, MO disregarded your health. When we search out medical treatment, we do so believing that we are placing our health — and occasionally even our lives — in proficient hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse sickness or injuries as a result, trust in the accomplished and savvy Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to win you justice and maximum financial compensation. Not only are we understanding and devoted to our Richmond, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the negligent doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to know that we are serious and will accept nothing but maximum compensation. Negligent health care can have catastrophic, life-long repercussions, and in the dire cases can even result in wrongful death.

In our 30 years of experience pushing back against bullies and getting the best possible 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 hurt by a careless doctor in Richmond, MO, call Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers now at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Richmond, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Research by John Hopkins Medicine found that one in ten of all deaths nationwide are because of medical error. Just one percent of physicians are responsible for just about 33 percent of medical malpractice claims. Too often, negligent doctors are permitted to continue practicing without any ramifications. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold at-fault doctors responsible, you can be certain the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than a third of medical malpractice lawsuits end with the plaintiff receiving compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need devoted and accomplished Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make certain you receive the great compensation you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Richmond, MO Can Hold To Blame in Your Claim

We often automatically 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 claims are often complicated; it may not be immediately clear who was at fault, or many parties could be responsible. The trustworthy and talented Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will carry out a complete investigation into your case and make certain that each party that caused you injuries is held responsible for their thoughtless actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Richmond, MO

Medical negligence transpires 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 addressed your health problems. Our Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that occur in a variety of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most frequent reason for medical malpractice claims that take place in outpatient treatment. Roughly 12 million people in United States are misdiagnosed each year. Diagnosing medical problems early on is significant in realizing the best possible results for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or failing to diagnose, can lead to a delay to the care you acutely need to become healthier, or can lead to incorrect treatment that compounds 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 mistakes are the most frequent medical malpractice claim related to inpatient care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical errors nationwide each year, and frighteningly, the most common instance is operating on an erroneous body part. Other instances can include accidental cuts, anesthesia mistakes, foreign objects like instruments remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to address problems arising from the surgery.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people nationwide die every year due to mistakes when administering medication. Examples can include not knowing a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage or not recognizing interactions with other drugs.

Medication errors can also include overprescribing medications. Studies show that overprescribing is a substantial contributor to the opioid crisis in the United States.

Unnecessary Care

Unnecessary medical care costs roughly $210 billion every year. John Hopkins Medicine surveyed 2,106 doctors and learned that doctors themselves think that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is not needed, including:

  • Over one-fifth of prescription medications
  • 24.9 percent of medical tests
  • 11.1 percent of procedures
  • Over one-fifth of all medical care

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

Birth Injuries

Roughly 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States experience a serious birth injury each year. Not correctly observing the child throughout delivery, not correctly implementing birthing techniques or not identifying a health problem of the mother during pregnancy are all examples of medical malpractice that can cause long-term or lifelong health conditions.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act created a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to shield and confirm their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home institution or staff shirks those rights and your loved one is consequently harmed, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them to blame.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has a fundamental right to make decisions for ourselves. When a healthcare professional fails to inform you of risks, or neglects to obtain your consent before treatment, it is an appalling infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the cataclysmic consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's neglect can cause, and the exasperation and grief that accompanies finding out that your trust was broken. We hold negligent doctors accountable and win our Richmond, MO clients the great financial recovery they deserve and 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 Richmond, 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 infamously tough to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, tenacity and savvy to win you the maximum compensation you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your case at once
  • Connect you with trusted and accomplished physicians to finally get you the medical attention you deserve
  • Carry out a full investigation, including acquiring medical records, expert testimony and taking official statements from the defendant
  • Work with our network of Richmond, MO medical experts to demonstrate standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you were provided with was not up to the standard and prove negligence
  • Offer sympathetic, wise and direct 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
  • Handle every legal aspect of your case so you can spend your energy on recovering
  • Work with with economic experts to exactly value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to win you the best possible settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when the insurance company does not want to offer what you are owed in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that most people in Richmond, MO does not have access to the resources and legal know-how to combat the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. That is why our Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We accept no attorneys fees until we get you the great financial recovery you are owed. We have pledged our lives to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in Richmond, MO have access to the highest standard of legal advocacy, one that compares with and eclipses that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to eliminate every hindrance standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake committed by healthcare institution or physician constitutes malpractice. In order to receive a financial recovery for improper treatment in Richmond, MO, you must conclusively show four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show that:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship was established. 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 prove that a capable healthcare professional in the same practice area, in the same geographical location caring for the same health 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 being treated by a doctor are normally already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they need to be compensated for. Instances can include physical pain, impairment, additional medical expenses, 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 lawsuit, following 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 offer the care that a careful healthcare provider would have in the same situation, and b) the negligence contributed to the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a massive network of experienced and professional medical connections in Richmond and throughout Missouri who will help authenticate your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which try to compensate you for the financial loss you have sustained 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 impacted your life:

  • Economic damages include:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity if the medical negligence led to an impairment that does not permit you to conduct the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, such as:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or needed 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 tirelessly until you get every penny that you deserve. We know that some injuries are impossible to truly recover from, but we fight to ensure that you get justice.

Malpractice cases diverge from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of key aspects. 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 passed Senate Bill 239 in an effort to decrease insurance premiums for doctor's and hospitals. The bill enforces "damage caps" on how much you can collect 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? | Richmond, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher because they impact your ability to function in your daily life and to enjoy life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you ascertain if your injury can be considered catastrophic. Senate Bill 239 defines catastrophic injuries as:

  • 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 Richmond, MO?

If you or a loved one were injured by a medical professional's substandard care in Richmond, MO, it is key to contact medical malpractice lawyers straight away. While most personal injury claims have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice lawsuits 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 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 your loved one was under 18 on the date of the negligent, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to wait. Contact the Burger Law Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers now. We start working on your case right away and do not let up until you collect full compensation . Waiting could bring complications to your case and could make it difficult for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to show the full extent of your damages. Call Burger Law's Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Richmond, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a doctor was negligent in their care. Burger Law's Richmond, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in Richmond, MO. We fight hard for our clients and work tirelessly to get them the great results they need to recover. 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 exploit your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Richmond, 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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