Get Help From Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical malpractice claims, also known as medical negligence claims, are often considered the most complex type of personal injury claims. Much more than legal expertise is necessary for claims against doctors and other medical professionals to be successful. An understanding of medicine and medical practices and procedures is necessary.
Knowledge is power. At Hall Ansley in Springfield, Missouri, we have the knowledge necessary to succeed in medical malpractice cases, and our record of results proves it. Our law firm not only features medical malpractice lawyers who have dedicated their careers to the handling of these cases, we also have two nurse paralegals on staff. In addition, we have established working relationships with a number of medical experts in all medical subspecialties.
We encourage the community to obtain important knowledge about their healthcare decisions. We believe it is important to research the background of any doctor that may provide care to loved ones.
Offering Comprehensive Medical Malpractice Representation
If you suspect medical malpractice is responsible for your current health problems or those of a family member, you can trust our proven ability to investigate, develop and establish a claim to help right the medical wrongs that have occurred. We handle cases involving:
- Birth-related injuries
- Misdiagnosis and delay in diagnosis
- Emergency room errors
- Hospital errors
- Surgical errors
- Nursing home accidents
- So-called “never events”
Time is of the essence in all serious injury claims, especially those involving medical negligence. Generally speaking, medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years of the event and must be supported by written opinions from qualified experts. Investigation into a medical negligence case can take weeks or months to complete. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible so we can begin building a case to get you full compensation.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence (or medical malpractice) is one type of personal injury claim. Medical providers are required by law to provide their services within an accepted “standard of care.” When a patient is harmed because a medical provider failed to act within the accepted standard of care, the patient has a right to recover damages from the healthcare provider.
How do I know if I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Medical negligence cases can be extremely complicated. This type of case often involves a review by experts in various medical specialties before a determination can be made as to whether a bad healthcare result occurred because your particular medical provider deviated from the accepted standard of care, or some other reason. We employ nurses who assist us in evaluating potential medical negligence cases.
Can I get copies of my Medical Records?
Under Federal law, you are entitled to obtain copies of your own medical records. However, the entity providing those records is entitled to charge a “reasonable” fee for materials and time spent copying the records for you.
What types of damages can be recovered in a medical negligence action?
In a medical negligence action, there are various types of damages that you may be able to recover. Generally those damages are categorized as follows:
- Past Economic (e.g. past medical bills, past lost earnings);
- Past Non-Economic (e.g. past pain and suffering, including emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life)
- Future Economic (e.g. future anticipated medical bills and lost earnings over the course of your work expectancy);
- Future Non-Economic (e.g. future pain and suffering, including emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life).
Are there caps on medical negligence cases?
“Economic damages” (e.g. medical bills, lost wages) in medical negligence cases are not capped. “Noneconomic damages” (e.g. pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost enjoyment of life) are capped at $350,000.00 if the medical negligence causes the patient’s death, but are not capped if the patient survives. To learn more about damages in medical negligence cases, contact us for a free consultation.
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Doctor negligence cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.