Medical malpractice is generally defined as a negligent act or omitted act by any health care professional which is contrary to currently held standards in the medical field.
Receiving treatment from a physician or other medical personnel involves putting your life or the lives of your loved ones into the hands of a person presumed to be ethical, responsible and careful in his or her dealings with patients. Unfortunately, between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals every year from errors that could have been avoided.
The St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers from our firm have extensive experience in medical malpractice suits, and they know that you will need an aggressive and zealous attorney who is willing to advocate your rights as a patient. No one should fear getting incorrect or negligent treatment while in the care of a doctor, nurse, surgeon or other medical employee, and that is why medical malpractice cases are so important to the future of health care in the United States.
Attorney, Zane Cagle, has the utmost desire to assist you and your family through this difficult time by helping to ensure that you have the best possible case. The dedicated lawyers from our firm will thoroughly research your medical records and they will study every aspect of what went wrong in your medical treatment. By fully examining all the evidence, the attorneys can get a full picture of what negligent or careless act/acts the medical professional took that caused your illness or injury.
How Will The Cagle Law Firm Help Me Win My Medical Malpractice Case?
Medical malpractice is an unfortunate presence in Missouri hospitals, clinics, private practices, nursing homes and other health care institutions. Our St. Louis-based medical malpractice lawyers are well-versed in the most effective steps to take in a case involving any type of medical negligence, and your case will benefit from this knowledge. Expert testimony is often used in these types of cases and you can rest assured that the lawyer representing you will have access to qualified physicians and other medical technicians who excel in their respective fields.
In order to have a successful medical malpractice claim, there are many factors that will need to be proven:
- Doctor-patient relationship – It is important to demonstrate that a doctor-patient relationship existed between you and the medical professional that caused your injury. If your doctor agreed to see you and began treating you, then we can show a doctor-patient relationship existed.
- Negligence of the medical professional – We must be able to show that your doctor acted negligently in your care for a medical malpractice claim to be successful. We can use a medical expert witness to demonstrate that your doctor did not act in a reasonable skillful or careful manner.
- Negligence caused your injury – We must be able to demonstrate that the incompetence of your medical professional directly led to your injury
- The injury led to damages – We will need to prove that the incompetence of your medical professional resulted in your pain and suffering, additional medical expenses, lost wages and any other damages that may not have occurred if you were treated properly.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Missouri
There are a wide variety of situations in which medical malpractice can occur. Some forms of medical malpractice could include:
- Wrong site surgery
- Incorrect treatment
- Medication errors
- Delayed treatment
- Unexplained illness or injury after surgery
- Anesthesia errors
Some specific examples of medical malpractice include giving the incorrect amount of anesthesia, failing to account for all medical sponges and other instruments after a surgery and administering the wrong medication, resulting in injury. If you feel that you or a loved one was mistreated, made ill, injured, harmed or wrongfully killed by any medical professional, you should know your rights.
A qualified medical malpractice lawyer in St. Louis or Missouri can help answer any questions that you might have as well as determine which direction to take with your case. The negligent physician can be held liable for the suffering he or she caused you, and you are legally entitled to receive damages for your illness, injury, emotional trauma, lost wages, future lost wages and more.
Contact our firm today to speak with an experienced St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer, toll free 1.800.685.3302 or 314.276.1681