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Medical Malpractice Lawyers South St. Louis County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in South St. Louis County, Missouri. If you or a loved one were hurt because a doctor did not provide you with the adequate treatment that you deserved, call Burger Law immediately at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great financial recoveries for the vulnerable in South St. Louis County and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a physician, medical institution or other healthcare professional in South St. Louis County, MO gave you substandard care. When we search out medical attention, we do so believing that we are placing our health — and at times even our lives — in competent hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse sickness or injuries as a result, believe in the veteran and savvy South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to secure you justice and the best possible compensation. Not only are we empathetic and committed to our South St. Louis County, MO clients, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing lawsuits and not waiting around for the liable doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are driven and will not take anything but maximum compensation. Negligent health care can have terrible, permanent repercussions, and in the most tragic circumstances can even cause 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 careless doctor in South St. Louis County, MO, reach out to Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | South St. Louis County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Research by John Hopkins Medicine found that one in ten of all deaths in the United States are because of medical error. Just one percent of physicians account for nearly a third of medical malpractice cases. Too often, negligent doctors are allowed to keep practicing without any consequences. But when the state of Missouri does not want to hold negligent doctors responsible, you can be certain the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will.

In Missouri, less than 33 percent of medical malpractice claims end with the plaintiff receiving damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice cases. You need dedicated and experienced Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make certain you get the full compensation you are owed.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in South St. Louis County, MO Can Hold Accountable in Your Claim

We usually immediately think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many parties that may be guilty of 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 complex; it may not be immediately clear who was at fault, or many parties could be responsible. The trusted and savvy South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will conduct a full investigation into your injuries and make certain that every party that caused you harm is held responsible for their reckless behavior.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in South St. Louis County, MO

Medical negligence happens when a healthcare professional breaches 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 South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that take place in a variety of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice claims that occur in outpatient care. About 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed each year. Diagnosing health issues early on is significant in realizing the best possible outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can result in a delay to the treatment you acutely require to get better, or can cause inappropriate treatment that worsens your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most deadly health conditions, for example:

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

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are the most common medical malpractice case when it comes to inpatient care. There are a minimum of 4,000 surgical errors in the United States annually, and frighteningly, the most common source is performing surgery on an incorrect organ. Other examples can include accidental incisions, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like scissors remaining inside the patient, infections or failure to address problems arising from the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people nationwide die every year because of 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 identify interactions with other drugs.

Another instance 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 approximately $210 billion every year. John Hopkins Medicine surveyed 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 one-fifth of prescription medications
  • 24.9 percent of medical tests
  • More than one-tenth of procedures
  • 20.6 percent of medical treatment in general

Unnecessary treatment can lead to 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 Every year. Not appropriately observing the child during birth, not correctly utilizing 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 consequences.

Nursing Home Negligence

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act put in place a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to safeguard and secure their physical, emotional and social health. When a nursing home institution or staff neglects those rights and your loved one is harmed as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them accountable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

We all have a basic right to make choices for ourselves. When a doctor does not inform you of risks, or does not obtain your consent before treatment, it is an egregious infringement on your rights.

At Burger Law, our South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the horrible repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's thoughtlessness can cause, and the rage and grief that accompanies learning that your trust was betrayed. We hold negligent doctors to blame and secure our South St. Louis County, MO clients the full financial recovery they are owed and that they need to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have considerable medical knowledge and will be able to pinpoint how your doctor breached the standard of care. Contact our medical malpractice lawyers in South St. Louis County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

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

  • Get to work on your case at once
  • Connect you with honest and competent physicians to finally get you the medical treatment you need
  • Carry out a comprehensive investigation, including collecting medical records, professional testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Consult with our team of South St. Louis County, MO medical experts to substantiate standard of care in your case, show how the treatment you were given was below standard and prove negligence
  • Offer thoughtful, informed and straightforward legal direction
  • Make sure you informed through the duration of your lawsuit so you are not left in the dark and you know everything you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Oversee every legal aspect of your case so you can focus your energy on healing
  • Consult with with economic experts to precisely value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to win 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 residents of South St. Louis County, MO does not have the resources and legal knowledge to oppose the expensive defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. For that reason, our South St. Louis 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 pledged our careers to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in South St. Louis County, MO have access to the highest standard of legal representation, one that compares with and surpasses that of large hospitals. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to abolish every impediment standing between you and justice.

What You Need in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every mistake committed by medical professional constitutes malpractice. In order to receive compensation for substandard care in South St. Louis County, MO, you must prove four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you prove 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 very easy to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was breached the standard of care. You need to be able to prove that a competent doctor in the same field, in the same geographical location treating the same health problem, would not have committed the same error.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused you injured. This is often difficult to prove, as patients being treated by a physician are generally already sick or injured.
  4. That the injury caused the patient harm that they should be compensated for. This can include physical pain, a disability, additional medical expenses, or loss of future earning potential.

In Missouri, you will also need to include 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 legally qualified healthcare provider that opines that a) the doctor did not offer the care that a careful healthcare provider would have under similar circumstances, and b) the negligence caused the alleged harm. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a massive network of accomplished and qualified medical connections in South St. Louis County and throughout Missouri who will help back up your claim.

What Compensation Can I Get? | South St. Louis County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you receive typically falls into two categories: economic damages, which are intended to compensate you for the financial damages you have sustained owing to a physician's negligence; 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 capacity if the medical negligence led to an impairment that does not allow you to carry out the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs 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 tirelessly until you get every nickel that you deserve. We know that some injuries are impossible to truly recover from, but we fight to make sure that you get justice.

Malpractice cases differ from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of important 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 put into law Senate Bill 239 in an effort to lessen insurance premiums for doctor's and hospitals. The bill enforces "damage caps" on the amount you can collect 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? | South St. Louis County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are higher because they impact your ability to carry out basic tasks and to enjoy life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you establish if your injury can be seen as 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"

How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in South St. Louis County, MO?

If you or a family member were harmed by a healthcare professional's negligence in South St. Louis County, MO, it is imperative to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers straight away. While most personal injury claims have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice claims 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 suit. There are three key 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 love was under 18 at the time of the negligent, you have until their 20th birthday.

There is no time to delay. Call the Burger Law South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers straight away. We get to work on your case at once and do not stop until you have been fully compensated . Waiting could bring difficulties to your claim and could make it hard for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to show the full extent of your damages. Call Burger Law's South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (314) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers South St. Louis County, MO

No one deserves to have their life halted because a physician gave them substandard care. Burger Law's South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers make up the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in the Midwest. We fight hard for our clients and work tirelessly to get them the great results they need to move forward with their lives. 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 physicians, large corporations exploit your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's South St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form to start on your road to recovery.

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