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Medical Malpractice Lawyers West St. Louis County, Missouri

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in West St. Louis County, Missouri. If you or someone you care about were harmed because a doctor did not offer you the adequate care that you were owed, call Burger Law straight away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form. Our medical malpractice lawyers always get great compensation for the vulnerable in West St. Louis County and throughout Missouri.

You should not have to pay because a physician, medical institution or other healthcare professional in West St. Louis County, MO broke the rules. When we get medical care, we do so under the assumption that we are placing our well-being — and at times even our lives — in trustworthy hands. When doctors are negligent , leaving you with even worse sickness or injuries as a result, trust in the experienced and knowledgeable West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law to deliver you justice and great financial compensation. Not only are we compassionate and committed to the injured in West St. Louis County, MO, but we are more aggressive than most law firms in filing litigation and not waiting around for the at-fault doctor to take accountability. Our medical malpractice lawyers want healthcare professionals and their insurance company to realize that we are driven and will accept nothing but the best possible compensation. Negligent health care can have destructive, permanent consequences, and in the dire circumstances can even result in wrongful death.

In our three decades 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 someone you care about has been hurt by a careless physician in West St. Louis County, MO, call Burger Law's medical malpractice lawyers immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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

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

In Missouri, less than 33 percent of medical malpractice claims end with the plaintiff being awarded compensation. Still, between 2009 and 2018 a full $631.11 million was recovered in medical malpractice lawsuits. You need committed and accomplished Missouri medical malpractice lawyers to make sure you are awarded the great compensation you deserve.

Who Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in West St. Louis County, MO Can Hold To Blame in Your Claim

We often automatically think of doctors when we think of medical malpractice, there are many people or institutions 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 cases are frequently complex; it may not be immediately clear who was accountable, or many parties could be liable. The trustworthy and skilled West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will carry out a full investigation into your claim and make certain that each party that caused you injuries is held responsible for their thoughtless behavior.

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

Medical negligence takes place when a healthcare professional disobeys the standard of care, which is how most doctors in the same practice area and same geographic location would have care for your health issue. Our West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen that transpire in many different ways:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

This is the most common reason for medical malpractice cases that occur in out-of-hospital care. More or Less 12 million people in United States are misdiagnosed annually. Diagnosing medical problems early on is critical in attaining 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 get better, or can cause incorrect treatment that compounds your illness or injury. Three-quarters of misdiagnoses are failing to diagnose some of the most serious health conditions, for example:

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

Surgical Errors

Surgical mistakes are the most common medical malpractice case related to in-hospital treatment. There are at least 4,000 surgical mistakes nationwide each year, and frighteningly, the most common source is operating on the wrong body part. Other instances can include accidental incisions, anesthesia errors, foreign objects like sponges being left inside the patient, infections or failure to treat issues surface after the procedure.

Medication Errors

An estimated 7,000 to 9,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to medication errors. Examples can include not being aware of a patient's allergies, giving the wrong medication, giving an incorrect 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 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 physicians and learned that physicians themselves are of the opinion that 15 to 30 percent of medical care is unnecessary, including:

  • More than one-fifth of prescription medications
  • Almost a quarter of medical tests
  • 11.1 percent of procedures
  • Over a fifth of medical treatment in general

Unnecessary 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 significant birth injury each year. Not correctly observing the child throughout delivery, not correctly implementing birthing techniques or not diagnosing a health issue with the mother during pregnancy are all examples of medical malpractice that can cause long-term or permanent 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 ensure their physical, emotional and social well-being. When a nursing home or its staff does not respect those rights and the person you love is consequently hurt, the medical malpractice lawyers of Burger Law will hold them responsible.

Failure to Inform or Lack of Consent

Everyone has a fundamental right to make decisions for ourselves. When a healthcare institution neglects to inform you of risks, or fails to secure your consent before a procedure, it is an appalling violation of your rights.

At Burger Law, our West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers have seen it all. We know the destructive repercussions a healthcare professional's or institution's neglect can cause, and the rage and grief that accompanies discovering that your trust was broken. We hold at-fault doctors responsible and win our West St. Louis County, MO clients the great financial recovery they are owed and that they need to move on and be made whole again. Our medical malpractice lawyers also have considerable medical comprehension and will be able to discover exactly how your doctor violated the standard of care. Reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers in West St. Louis County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

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How Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Missouri Can Help

Medical malpractice claims are infamously tough to win. That is why you need excellent medical malpractice lawyers that have the experience, knowledge, perseverance and skills to deliver you the best possible financial recovery you know you are owed. When you hire us, our Missouri medical malpractice lawyers:

  • Get started on your claim immediately
  • Connect you with trustworthy and capable physicians to finally get you the medical care you need
  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation, including obtaining medical records, professional testimony and taking depositions of the defendant
  • Confer with our team of West St. Louis County, MO medical experts to demonstrate standard of care in your case, demonstrate how the care you were given was below standard and prove negligence
  • Offer sympathetic, informed and trustworthy legal advice
  • Keep you informed through the duration of 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
  • 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 adjusters 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 most people in West St. Louis County, MO does not have the resources and legal proficiency to stand up to the expensive defense teams of doctors and large hospitals. For that reason, our West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. We accept no attorneys fees until we get you the great compensation you deserve. We have dedicated our lives to making sure that the injured and vulnerable in West St. Louis County, MO have access to the highest quality legal representation, one that compares with and eclipses that of large corporations. Our medical malpractice lawyers always work to eliminate every hindrance standing between you and justice.

Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every error carried out by healthcare institution or doctor amounts to malpractice. In order to receive compensation for improper care in West St. Louis County, MO, you must conclusively show four things. Your medical malpractice lawyers from Burger Law will help you show 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 commonly not difficult to prove.
  2. The doctor or healthcare provider was negligent. You need to be able to demonstrate that a competent doctor in the same field, in the same geographical location caring for the same health issue, would not have committed the same error.
  3. The doctor’s negligence directly caused you injured. This is often hard 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. Instances can include physical pain, impairment, additional medical expenses, 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, under Missouri Revised Statute §538.225. This is a written opinion from a a medical professional in the same practice area that says that a) the doctor did not offer the care that a careful healthcare provider would have under the same circumstances, and b) the negligence caused the alleged damages. Our medical malpractice lawyers have a large network of accomplished and professional medical connections in West St. Louis County and throughout Missouri who will help confirm your claim.

What Compensation Can I Recover? | West St. Louis County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The compensation your medical malpractice lawyers will help you collect generally falls into two categories: economic damages, which seek to compensate you for the monetary damages you have undergone because of a physician's negligence; 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 potential if the medical negligence caused an impairment that does not allow you to perform the tasks of your job anymore
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Follow up appointments
      • Further procedures
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches 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 around the clock until you get every dollar that you are owed. We know that you can never really heal from some injuries, but we fight to make certain that you get justice.

Malpractice cases vary from other personal injuries in Missouri in a couple of important manners. Your medical malpractice lawyers at Burger Law will help you maneuver 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 attempt to reduce insurance premiums for medical negligence. The bill puts in place "damage caps" on how much you can collect in a medical malpractice case 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? | West St. Louis County, MO Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The damage caps for catastrophic injuries are higher because they affect your ability to carry out basic tasks and to find enjoyment in life. Your Burger Law malpractice lawyers will help you determine if your injury can be viewed as 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"

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

If you or a family member were harmed by a healthcare professional's negligence in West St. Louis County, MO, it is critical to get in touch with medical malpractice lawyers immediately. While most personal injury claims have a statute of limitation of five years in Missouri, medical malpractice cases 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 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 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 someone you care about was a minor on the date of the substandard care, you have until their 20th birthday.

Do not delay. Contact the Burger Law West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers immediately. We get working on your case right away and do not stop until you have been fully compensated . Waiting could bring difficulties to your claim and could make it difficult for even the best medical malpractice lawyers to prove the full consequences of your damages. Call Burger Law's West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers mow at (314) 500-HURT.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers West St. Louis County, MO

No one deserves to have their life turned upside down because a physician was negligent in their care. Burger Law's West St. Louis County, MO medical malpractice lawyers comprise the highest- and most-reviewed law firm in West St. Louis County, MO. We fight hard for our clients and work around the clock 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 medical professionals, large corporations exploit your vulnerability. Call Burger Law's West 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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