Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas
Aggressive representation when physicians, hospitals, and others make medical mistakes
When you go to your doctor, an urgent care facility, or a hospital because you're ill, you're trusting medical care providers to give you the quality attention you need to get better. It can be devastating to discover that medical malpractice caused your condition to worsen, especially if it progressed to a stage where further treatment options are limited. You may suffer serious consequences due to this negligence. If your doctor committed malpractice, or you suffered injuries due to a defective medical device, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our medical malpractice lawyers work with seasoned medical professionals to help verify that a doctor, nurse, medical technician, or other health provider failed to provide competent medical care. Many patients require corrective surgery. Sadly, some mistakes are permanent, and patients can die due to medical malpractice. Our seasoned Missouri and Kansas medical malpractice are skilled at litigating medical malpractice cases with insurance adjusters, mediators, and before juries.
What is medical malpractice?
Physicians and other medical professionals are required to comply with a standard of care in the treatment of their patients. Medical malpractice can occur when treatment falls short of the accepted standard of care for a disease or medical condition; and consequently, a patient suffers harm due to this negligence. Doctors, nurses, dentists, surgeons, physician assistants, and chiropractors are just some of the potential parties who could face liability in a medical malpractice case. Also potentially liable are hospitals and other medical facilities.
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are ready to collect the evidence you need to build a strong case of negligence against all parties responsible for your injuries, and fight for the justice that you deserve.
If a loved one died as a result of such negligence, you may have a claim for wrongful death. Survivors of medical malpractice have the right to file a claim for compensation for:
- Your medical bills. These bills include the cost to correct any mistakes and to manage whatever mistakes were made. Expenses can include surgeries, visits with specialists and your family doctors, various types of therapy, medical devices, and medications.
- Lost income. This includes income lost while recovering from your injuries, and the income you lose due to any type of permanent disability.
- Pain and suffering. This includes the stress and worry about your injuries and living with the daily chronic pain of any medical conditions that cannot be corrected.
- Loss of consortium. Every injury affects the ability of the spouses to enjoy each other’s company. Kansas and Missouri both permit loss of consortium damages, though they differ on which spouse can file the claim.
- Punitive damages. These damages can be awarded if a medical professional’s conduct was wanton or deliberate, such as if a physician operates while intoxicated.
Both Missouri and Kansas cap non-economic damages on medical malpractice claims. Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys can explain these caps in detail.
What are the different types of medical malpractice?
It's important to keep in mind that not all complications in treatment or errors by medical professionals rise to the level of medical malpractice. The law analyzes whether the professional violated the standard of care expected in similar circumstances. A skilled medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your situation and determine whether you have a negligence claim.
Here are the most common incidents of medical malpractice:
- Surgical errors. Some of the most harrowing medical malpractice injuries occur in the operating room. Surgeons or nurses can be negligent during an operation by nicking other internal organs; operating on the wrong body part; or leaving sponges and surgical instruments inside a patient. Many surgical malpractice claims arise when nursing staff fails to give proper post-op care, resulting in a life-threatening infection or further loss of body tissue.
- Anesthesia errors. Even a slight miscalculation of the amount of anesthesia needed for surgery can cause permanent injury, brain damage, or even death. Anesthesiologists may be held liable for medical malpractice if they don't monitor a patient's vital signs, improperly intubate the patient, or don't give enough sedatives, causing a patient to awaken during surgery.
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. There are two kinds of misdiagnosis claims. In the first, a doctor tells a patient they have a condition they actually don’t, administering treatment that potentially causes harm. In the second, a doctor misdiagnoses a life-threatening condition as something less serious. A patient might miss treatment opportunities, and their condition worsens as a result.
- Birth injuries. Improper action on behalf of a doctor can cause a number of injuries to a newborn child. Obstetricians (OB/GYN) may fail to diagnose a life-threatening medical condition that makes the birth more difficult, such as preeclampsia, Rh incompatibility, anemia, gestational diabetes, or birth defects. During the birthing process, the OB/GYN and the attending team may not respond appropriately to complications during the birth, resulting in injuries to the baby and mother.
- Prescription drug errors. Patients are often harmed when given the wrong medication or prescribed medication for a misdiagnosed condition. Drugs may be switched between two patients with similar names or conditions in the same hospital ward; or drugs with names that sound alike may be wrongly administered. In addition, patients may suffer adverse effects by receiving the incorrect dosage.
- Lack of informed consent. Health care providers must inform patients of the known risks of any medical treatment. A failure to inform of these risks – even if the procedure is successful – may constitute medical malpractice. Doctors and hospitals must follow certain rules if a patient is incapable of giving consent.
Other medical types of medical malpractice cases we handle include:
- Providing unapproved or substandard treatments.
- Not following hospital or surgery center safety protocols.
How can a Kansas City medical malpractice attorney help?
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to medical malpractice or a defective medical device, worries about your health and life increase dramatically, and you may need expensive and painful medical treatments.
Unfortunately, the negligent parties may fight hard to deny or reduce your claim. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are ready to aggressively defend your right to injury compensation. We understand the complex rules for filing medical malpractice cases and want to protect your rights.
Work with a personal injury lawyer in Kansas City who puts you first
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys is laser-focused on fighting for patients who need help after negligent medical professionals caused them harm. We also fight for spouses, children, and parents when a loved one dies due to medical malpractice. If you or your loved one has suffered an injury, we are here to help.
To learn more about our services, or to get a free case review, please call 816-471-5111 or fill out our contact form. We have locations in Kansas City, Lee's Summit, St. Joseph, and Olathe, MO, and in Overland Park and Parkville, KS, and represent people throughout Kansas and Missouri.