Medical Malpractice Lawyers Blue Springs MO

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Blue Springs, MO

Experience matters when you file medical negligence claims against hospitals and doctors

When you see your doctor, you hope you’ll get better. You expect that your health won’t get worse. Patients have the right to expect that their physicians and healthcare providers will be competent, that they’ll order the correct diagnostic tests, recommend the correct treatments, and prescribe the correct medications. Yet many physicians, hospitals, pharmacists, and other health professionals fail to provide the standard of care required for their type of practice. Minor mistakes can cause you to suffer until corrective treatments are provided. Major mistakes can cause your condition to worsen or can result in death.

When doctors make mistakes, it’s important to hold them accountable for the benefit of the patient, the patient’s family, and other patients. At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our Blue Springs medical malpractice attorneys work with our network of doctors to show why your health providers were negligent, and how that medical malpractice is affecting your health and every aspect of your life.

We’ve handled many medical malpractice cases. Several were settled through mediation, including a case where a corrective bile duct surgery was required, and another where unsterilized surgical instruments were used in a Kansas City area hospital. In another, we achieved a structured settlement when a medication error led to the death of two twins after the mother gave birth to the twins.

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How common is medical malpractice?

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “while estimates vary, likely more than 100,000 Americans die or are permanently disabled each year due to medical diagnoses that initially miss conditions or are wrong or delayed.” Nearly 75% of the 100,000 diagnostic medical malpractice events involve infections, cancer, and vascular events. Diagnostic errors are just one of many different types of medical malpractice events.

This number is not the full story. Every year, thousands of medical malpractice cases are filed across the country on behalf of folks who suffered some level of harm and loss. Between January 2020 and September 2022, there were 1,253 adverse action reports filed against medical practitioners in the state of Missouri.

What are the requirements for filing a medical malpractice claim in Blue Springs?

Medical malpractice claims have specific requirements. While nobody has the right to expect that their doctors are Gods who can fix anything, every patient has the right to expect their healthcare provider will provide competent care. The four core requirements for filing a medical malpractice claim include showing that:

  • A doctor*/patient relationship exists – the doctor owes the patient a duty of competent care.
    • * Medical malpractice claims involve healthcare professionals other than doctors including – hospitals, medical technicians, specialists, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.
  • The doctor must breach his/her duty of care to the patient.
  • The breach (negligence) must cause the patient harm or delay proper treatment.
  • The harm must cause the patient damages, such as pain or additional medical bills.

If you have any questions or thoughts about your doctor’s care, you should consult with our Blue Springs medical malpractice lawyers.

What types of medical malpractice claims do your Blue Springs lawyers handle?

Our Blue Springs medical malpractice lawyers handle all types of medical malpractice cases including mistakes caused by:

  • An improper or incomplete diagnosis
  • Failure to order the correct medical tests
  • Mistakes during surgery
  • Failure to prescribe the correct treatments and the correct medicines
  • Working while fatigued or under influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to consult with a specialist
  • Not monitoring a patient’s progress
  • Failure to secure informed consent
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Emergency room mistakes
  • Lack of proper training
  • Failure to sterilize equipment

Hospitals and medical practices may also be liable for failing to properly vet their employees, failing to train their medical staff, scheduling errors, and other mistakes.

Who is liable for medical malpractice in or near Blue Springs?

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our Blue Springs personal injury attorneys review your medical treatment with our network of doctors and healthcare providers. We file personal injury claims against everyone who is responsible for your medical harm including:

  • Doctors. Physicians are generally responsible for their own actions, but may also be liable for the actions of every healthcare provider in their practice (if they own it) or who made additional errors because of their initial act of negligence.
  • Hospitals. Hospitals are generally responsible for every doctor, nurse, and other healthcare providers they employ. Hospitals may also be liable for mistakes that occur when the hospital allows a doctor to perform surgery at the hospital, or use the hospital facilities for any other reason.
  • Specialists. Many patients are examined and treated by specialists such as ER doctors, surgeons, neurologists, orthopedists, cancer specialists, cardiologists, and other doctors. Specialists are required to provide care that is consistent with the care comparable specialists in the Blue Springs/Kansas City region would have provided.
  • Nurses. For many patients, especially hospital patients, the nurses are their main point of contact. Nurses can be held liable if they fail to provide your medications on time, document your vital signs, and for other failures.
  • Pharmacists. Pharmacists must prescribe medicines that match the prescription from the physicians. Pharmacists should check what other medications you’re taking to ensure there are no likely contra-indications.
  • Other medical personnel. Many other healthcare professionals may be liable for causing harm, such as emergency medical technicians, lab technicians, physical therapists, and others.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Blue Springs?

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Missouri is complicated. Most medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years from the date of the malpractice. The time limit may vary depending on when you learned that malpractice occurred. If a loved one dies, the time limit for filing wrongful death claims is three years. Generally, because the medical malpractice time limit is shorter, a wrongful death claim based on medical malpractice must be filed within just two years from the date of the negligence, though exceptions may apply.

Don’t wait. Medical malpractice victims need legal help and medical help. Our Blue Springs medical malpractice lawyers will review your medical condition with physicians and specialists who can help explain if you have a legal claim. We’ll also review what corrective steps may be available, and what medical steps can help manage your medical condition. In addition to a medical review, we need to speak with witnesses who can provide information about your healthcare and the difficulties you’re having.

What is the value of my Blue Springs medical malpractice claim?

Each patient’s claim is different. Our Blue Springs medical malpractice attorneys prepare detailed demand letters based on a full understanding of what happened, your current health, and all the ways your untreated or improperly treated medical condition is affecting you. The demand letter will include a claim for all your incurred and future:

  • Medical expenses including corrective actions
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income
  • Loss of consortium

We also file wrongful death claims for families if a loved one died due to medical malpractice. In some cases, we may also seek punitive damages.

Do you have a medical malpractice lawyer near me?

Our Blue Springs office is located at 705 SW 10th St, Suite 107. Please call for an appointment. We see medical malpractice victims at their homes or healthcare facilities if necessary.

We’ll explain your rights, answer your questions, and guide you through the claims process. We have the experience, resources, and persistence to fight the high-priced defense lawyers who physicians and hospitals usually hire.

Contact our Blue Springs medical malpractice lawyers today

You deserve competent medical care from every healthcare professional you see. When doctors and others fail to provide that care and you’re hurting – you have the right to hold them accountable. At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we understand the unique challenges and issues involved in litigating medical malpractice claims. Our team has the experience and resources to help you obtain justice. Schedule a free consultation by calling our office by phone or by completing our contact form.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Blue Springs