When you see a medical professional, the last thing on your mind is worrying that they’ll cause you extra harm. We expect to be able to trust medical professionals due to their training and experience. However, medical malpractice does occur and causes serious harm to those who experience it. Medical malpractice can completely change a person’s life, put them through immense physical pain, require costly medical treatment, or loss of life. By and large, individuals enter the medical profession out of a desire to help others.
If a health care provider’s carelessness or intentional disregard for your health caused you permanent damage, you should immediately contact a medical malpractice lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at The Cagle Law Firm. We understand how devastating permanent injury or death due to medical malpractice can be and are not afraid to go up against major medical providers and insurers to help you receive compensation.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur anytime you receive care from a medical professional. However, there are some scenarios where medical malpractice happens more frequently. Unfortunately, some of the most common types of medical malpractice can lead to serious injuries for the person affected and can be life-threatening in some cases.
At The Cagle Law Firm, we are well versed in all types of medical malpractice claims, including:
Unfortunately, medical negligence during the pregnancy, the actual birth, and immediately following the birth can cause significant harm to you and your infant. Birth injuries can impact a person for their entire life and require long-term, costly treatment.
Failure to Diagnose
Failure to diagnose occurs when a doctor takes an unreasonably long time to diagnose your condition when another ordinary physician would have diagnosed you sooner. Failure to diagnose or significantly delayed diagnosis may be more than a difficult case; it may be negligence. This failure to diagnose must have caused or resulted in significant injury or death.
Misdiagnoses occur regularly, and they are not always negligent. Various symptoms can point toward other conditions. However, a doctor may misdiagnose a condition despite clear signs of what was wrong. This can prevent someone from getting important treatment or subject them to unnecessary treatment for the improper diagnosis they receive. The misdiagnosis must result in serious injury or death in order to be considered medical malpractice.
After you are properly diagnosed with a condition, you must receive your treatments correctly, including all of your medication. Unfortunately, you could be seriously injured if a doctor or nurse administers medication in the wrong way, at the wrong time, or in the wrong dose. You could also be harmed if a pharmacist gives you the wrong medication or dosage.
When you go in for a surgical procedure, you expect the medical team in the operating room to do everything correctly. You expect them to give you the best medical care they can provide, so you leave the operating room better than when you went in. However, that does not always happen. Examples of medical malpractice could involve a patient mix-up resulting from undergoing the wrong procedure. You may have the correct procedure performed on the wrong part of your body. A physician might make an avoidable mistake during your surgery, causing you to suffer a serious complication or death.
Your physical health and psychological well-being during and after surgery depend heavily on being correctly anesthetized. You should never feel what is happening and only be conscious if necessary and safe to do so. Administering too much anesthesia can also cause brain damage or even result in death.
Medical Malpractice Compensation
If you were injured because of a health provider’s negligence, The Cagle Law Firm is here to assist you in pursuing the financial recovery you are entitled to under the law. Through a medical malpractice claim, we will fight for you to receive compensation for your:
- Medical Costs
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Physical Limitations
- Loss of Future Earning Capacity
- Loss of Consortium and Companionship
- Punitive Damages (when applicable)
While most of these damages are compensatory, meaning they are intended to reimburse or compensate you for the physical or psychological harm you suffered, punitive damages are different. You may pursue punitive damages when the medical provider’s actions were reckless or egregious. These damages are intended to punish the negligent party, not compensate you.
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Fatal Medical Malpractice
If a physician failed to provide a loved one with proper medical care, the result might have tragically been fatal. When physicians do not properly diagnose and treat what is wrong in a reasonable way, serious medical conditions can cause you to lose someone who should have had a chance to live a longer, healthy, and happy life.
Due to that physician’s negligence, you and your family may have the right to pursue damages in a medical malpractice wrongful death claim, including:
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- Loss of Financial Contributions
- Loss of Care and Support
- Loss of Love and Companionship
- Loss of Inheritance
You should speak with us at The Cagle Law Firm regarding Illinois or Missouri wrongful death claim law and the claim process. Know that, in Missouri and Illinois, you have a two-year statute of limitations to file a lawsuit after your injury.
Contact Our St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorneys For Help
Medical malpractice cases can be extremely difficult and require the assistance of someone with experience working with these types of cases. We know how difficult it can be for you or someone you love to go through something as devastating as medical malpractice and want to ensure that you have the help you need. With our knowledge and experience, we can find out what happened and give you an objective and informed opinion regarding your rights and legal options.
If you were injured or lost a loved one because of medical malpractice, do not hesitate to contact us at The Cagle Law Firm. Get a free consultation to discuss your situation by calling us toll-free at (1-800) 685-3302 or locally at (314) 276-1681.