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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Washington, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Washington, Missouri. If you or a loved one were hurt because a physician did not provide you with the competent treatment that you deserved, call Burger Law straight away at (573) 500-HURT or fill out our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great compensation for the injured in Washington and throughout Missouri.

You do not have to pay because a doctor, hospital or other medical professional in Washington, MO did not respect your health. When we get medical attention, we do so believing that we are placing our health — and sometimes even our lives — in dependable hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse sickness or injuries as a consequence, believe in the accomplished and savvy Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to win you justice and the best possible compensation. Not only are we understanding and dedicated to the injured in Washington, MO, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the at-fault doctor to take responsibility. Our medical malpractice lawyers want medical professionals and their insurance company to know that we are serious and will not take anything but a full financial recovery. Negligent health care can have ruinous, life-long repercussions, and in the most tragic circumstances can even cause wrongful death.

In our 30 years of experience fighting back against bullies and getting the best possible results for the injured, we have secured our clients over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a careless medical professional in Washington, MO, reach out to Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers right away at (573) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics | Washington, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Research by John Hopkins Medicine found that one-tenth of all deaths in the United States are because of medical error. Just one percent of physicians are responsible for almost a third 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 at-fault doctors to blame, 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 recovering damages. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need dedicated and veteran Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make sure you collect the full financial recovery you deserve.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Washington, MO Can Hold Responsible in Your Claim

We frequently automatically think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many people or institutions that may be liable 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 suits are frequently complex; it may not be clear straight away who was to blame, or many parties might be accountable. The trusted and skilled Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will perform a full investigation into your injuries and make sure that each party that caused you injuries is held accountable for their negligent actions.

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Washington, MO

Medical negligence transpires when a healthcare professional disobeys the standard of care, which is how a capable doctor in the same field and same geographic location would have treated your health problems. Our Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that take place in all sorts of ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice claims that take place in out-of-hospital care. More or Less 12 million people in U.S. are misdiagnosed annually. Diagnosing health issues early on is key in achieving the most favorable outcome for a patient. A misdiagnosis, or missing a diagnosis, can lead to a delay to the care you desperately require to get better, or can lead to unsuitable care that compounds your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most severe 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 related to inpatient care. There are at least 4,000 surgical errors in the U.S. each year, and frighteningly, the most common instance is performing surgery on an erroneous body part. Other instances can include accidental cuts, anesthesia mistakes, foreign objects like sponges being left inside the patient, infections or failure to address complications emerge after 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 knowing a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving an incorrect dosage or not identifying interactions with other drugs.

Another example of medication errors is overprescribing medications. Studies have found that overprescribing is a major factor in the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Unnecessary Care

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

  • 22 percent of prescription medications
  • 24.9 percent of medical tests
  • More than a tenth of procedures
  • Over a fifth of medical care in general

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

Birth Injuries

Approximately 6 to 8 out of a thousand children born in the United States sustain a serious birth injury Annually. Not properly observing the child during birth, not correctly using birthing techniques or not identifying a health problem with the mother during pregnancy are all examples of medical negligence that can cause long-term or lifelong consequences.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act determined a Bill of Rights for nursing home residents meant to shield and secure their physical, emotional and social well-being. When a nursing home institution or staff does not respect those rights and the person you love is hurt as a result, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them accountable.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has a basic right to make choices for ourselves. When a medical professional neglects to inform you of risks, or fails to secure your consent before treatment, it is an egregious breach of your rights.

At Burger Law, our Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the traumatic consequences a healthcare professional's or institution's carelessness can cause, and the rage and grief that comes with finding out that your trust was broken. We hold negligent doctors liable and deliver our Washington, MO clients the maximum financial recovery they are owed and that they need to move on and fully recover. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have exhaustive medical comprehension and will be able to determine precisely how your doctor breached the standard of care. Get in touch with our medical malpractice lawyers in Washington, MO right away at (573) 500-HURT.

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What Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Do For You

Medical malpractice lawsuits are notoriously hard to win. That is why you need stellar medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, determination and savvy to get you the great compensation you know you deserve. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get working on your case right away
  • Connect you with trusted and competent doctors to finally get you the medical treatment you need
  • Carry out a full investigation, including obtaining medical records, expert testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Work alongside our network of Washington, MO medical experts to corroborate 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 honest legal guidance
  • Keep you informed throughout your case so you are aware of what is going on and have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family
  • Manage every legal aspect of your case so you can focus your energy on healing
  • Confer with with economic experts to exactly value your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to win you a full settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company does not want to offer what you deserve in mediation

At Burger Law, we know that the average person in Washington, MO does not have access to the resources and legal savvy to stand up to the high-priced defense teams of doctors and large insurance companies. That is why our Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. We accept no attorneys fees until we get you the maximum financial recovery you are owed. We have committed our lives to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in Washington, MO have access to the highest form of legal representation, one that equals and exceeds that of large insurance companies. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to eliminate 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 a financial recovery for substandard treatment in Washington, 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 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 capable medical professional in the same field, in the same geographical location caring for the same medical problem, would not have made the same mistake.
  3. The doctor’s breach of the standard of care directly caused the injury. This is often hard 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. Instances can include physical pain, impairment, additional medical expenses, or loss of earning capacity.

In Missouri, you will also need to offer an “Affidavit of Qualified Healthcare Worker,” within 90 days of filing your claim, following Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a legally qualified healthcare provider that says that a) the doctor did not give you the treatment that a prudent healthcare provider would have under similar circumstances, and b) the negligence caused the alleged injuries. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of accomplished and professional medical connections in Washington and throughout Missouri who will help confirm your claim.

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

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you recover usually falls into two categories: economic damages, which are intended to compensate you for the financial loss you have sustained owing to a physician's substandard care; and noneconomic damages, which look 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 caused a disability that does not permit you to conduct the duties of your job anymore
    • Medical expenses, including:
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required 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 around the clock until you get every dime that you are owed. We know that some injuries are impossible to really recover from, but we fight to make sure that you are made whole again.

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 medical negligence. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on the amount 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? | Washington, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The limits for catastrophic injuries are greater 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 says 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 Washington, MO?

If you or a loved one were hurt by a medical professional's substandard care in Washington, MO, it is critical to call medical malpractice lawyers right away. While most personal injury cases 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 once you have been harmed your medical malpractice lawyers only have two years to investigate your case and file suit. 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 loved one was under 18 on the date of the substandard care, you have until they turn 20.

There is no time to wait. Get in touch with the Burger Law Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers now. We get working on your case right away and do not let up until you receive full compensation . Delaying could create difficulties for your suit and could make it difficult for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to demonstrate the full scope of your damages. Call Burger Law's Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers mow at (573) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Washington, MO

No one deserves to have their life disrupted because a physician gave them substandard care. Burger Law's Washington, MO medical malpractice lawyers comprise 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 recover. 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 medical professionals, large hospitals abuse your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's Washington, 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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