Doctors, like many other professionals, are given the benefit of the doubt. At Foster Wallace, our lawyers have doctors in their own families. However, even the best of people and all professionals can make mistakes—and medical negligence does occur.
Mistakes and Injuries That May Qualify as Medical Malpractice
Potential medical malpractice lawsuits may involve serious errors during surgery; failure to warn a patient of certain risks or side effects, medication errors, or misreading particular charts that could lead to serious complications or mistakes.
If you believe the treatment from your physician led to serious injuries, you may have a potential medical malpractice claim against your doctor. You must move fast, however. In both Kansas and Missouri, the statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases is generally two years, which is less than most other causes of action. There are certain exceptions to this two-year statute of limitations depending on when you learned that medical malpractice occurred.
Obtaining Compensation When Medical Malpractice Causes an Injury
Plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases may receive compensation for their loss of income, loss of earning potential, physical and mental suffering, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, among other damages. These are usually tough cases, however, and you will need expert witnesses to prove that your doctor or health professional breached the standard of care. You will also need to prove that the malpractice caused you harm.
Not every negative medical outcome is due to malpractice, so feel free to reach out to Foster Wallace to see if we can be assistance. While we may not always be the right attorneys to handle your specific medical malpractice case, we can find and work with other attorneys who have a proven track record with similar claims to the ones you or your loved one have experienced. Call our office today or fill out our online contact form to set up your free initial consultation.