Medical Malpractice Attorney In St. Louis, MO
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As a matter of course, most people put their trust in physicians and medical staff. After all, they put in years of training to earn their licenses to practice. As we do not share that expertise, we are compelled to rely on theirs in times of sickness. Doctors have a mandate to provide us with a standard of care, to keep us safe, and not to harm us. Sometimes, however, they make errors as a result of being negligent. There may be multiple reasons for this negligence—overworked staff members and understaffed hospitals. If you or a family member has been the victim of an error or act of negligence committed by a medical caregiver, you can turn to Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers for help.
Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers is a personal injury law firm based in St. Louis. We have a combined 90 years of experience practicing personal injury law, including cases of medical malpractice. It’s essential to have a tenacious lawyer on your side. Doctors, hospitals, and their insurance companies will. We’ve won millions over the years for claimants. Winning fair compensation for our clients is our goal. If you’ve been hurt because of a healthcare provider’s negligence, you may be entitled to fair compensation by law. Our firm can help.
Medical Malpractice Overview
An error that occurs in a patient’s treatment as a result of carelessness or negligence which could have been prevented is referred to as medical malpractice. Patients who have been injured because these errors have the legal right to file a lawsuit to demand fair compensation for what they’ve endured. Those liable for medical malpractice are doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and medical institutions. These lawsuits hold the negligent parties accountable for their mistakes—mistakes that can have profoundly serious results—and the compensation that patients win, while ineffectual to reduce pain, can at least reduce their financial burdens associated with their suffering.
Here are some interesting facts to note about medical malpractice in the U.S.:
- The 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical negligence, according to a recent study by Johns
- In a recent two-decade period, more than $38 billion was paid to victims of medical malpractice
- Each year, as many as 195,000 people die in hospitals because of preventable errors
- One in three hospital patients will suffer a medical error
Attorneys of Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers know how devastating situations involving medical malpractice can be. Some victims suffer life-long disability as a result. Many victims need on-going or long-time medical care for their injuries. You can rely on Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers for our experienced legal advice. We will diligently represent your interests throughout the legal process.
Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice can take many forms when a healthcare provider deviates from their standard of care. Some types of medical malpractice that occur include:
- Surgical errors (i.e. operating on the wrong limb)
- Medication errors
- Injuries that occur during childbirth
- Failure to diagnose
- Nursing home negligence
- Cosmetic surgery injuries
- Failure to monitor treatment
- Psychiatric injuries
Although some patients may recover, others may not and may have to deal with the consequences of their medical caregiver’s error for the rest of their lives. Some types of medical errors result in the patient’s death. Our firm has been practicing personal injury law for decades. We’ve represented more than 8,000 clients. We have the experience to manage even the most complicated medical malpractice claims.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Missouri
In Missouri, medical malpractice victims have the legal right to seek damages from doctors, healthcare staff members, and medical institutions. Plaintiffs must prove:
- A medical caregiver made an error when treating you
- You were seriously injured as a result of the error
There are limitations in these cases as to who may testify. According to statutes, only physicians and other medical experts can testify on the plaintiff’s behalf about whether the healthcare provider committed an act of negligence. In fact, before the lawsuit may proceed, a medical expert must provide a documented opinion (via affidavit) to the court. Without this opinion that supports the plaintiff’s claim, the case cannot proceed.
Medical malpractice cases are notoriously difficult to win in the courtroom, but we have a track record for success. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can carefully examine your claim in order to provide their legal opinion of its strengths and challenges. We will do everything we can to gather relevant evidence that supports your claim. We will fight diligently for your right to fair compensation.
As in most personal injury cases, there is a time limit for filing. Medical malpractice suits must be filed within two years of the incident. Once the time lime is expired, the claim is no longer eligible.
How Can Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers Help You?
The Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers provide a comprehensive array of legal services designed to support our clients. We will:
- Carefully evaluate your case
- Investigate to gather relevant evidence
- Communicate with insurers and at-fault party’s lawyers
- File court documents and manage paperwork
- Diligently fight for your right to fair compensation
As a small firm, Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers provides our clients with personable service. We will communicate with you throughout the process, answering your questions and guiding you every step of the way.
Contact Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers and let us provide you with a free initial consultation. We can discuss your case and how we can help you fight for justice.