When you are injured or ill, you place trust in the professionals and institutions that provide medical care, expecting them to give you the best available care. When dealing with such an important issue as your health, a doctor or hospital that provides even slightly flawed treatment can cause you severe harm, disability, or even death. Because of the importance of excellent care in medicine, a doctor, nurse, hospital, or any other medical personnel or institution that does not provide you with the most appropriate, timely, and attentive care, is not only in violation of your trust, but is also in violation of the law.
It has been estimated that as many as ninety thousand of people die unnecessarily every year because of errors in hospitals, and even more sustain devastating injuries. When medical malpractice or negligence causes death or injury, state and federal law offer victims substantial support. Under these laws, victims can sue for damages and stop medical malpractice at its source.
Unfortunately, according to a Harvard Medical Practice study, only one in eight medical malpractice victims ever comes forward to file a claim. That means that in seven out of eight cases, medical malpractice goes unpunished; the people or systems that violate the law will continue to provide poor care. If you have experienced harm in Missouri or Illinois due to medical negligence we can help. We have handled a multitude of cases, including cases of:
Every year, between 40 and 90 thousand people die from preventable hospital errors, a term that includes misdiagnosis, surgical errors, neglect, and other mistakes that occur in hospitals. As large institutions, hospitals have significant room for mistake and miscommunication. Unfortunately, in dealing with illness and injury, a small glitch in hospital communications can have devastating consequences. While the majority of hospital visits are conducted seamlessly, some patients may be victimized by loss of paperwork, misreading of instructions, or general negligence.
The choice of surgery is a difficult one, but you make it when you have few other options and the benefits are worth the risks. When you go under anesthesia, you put your absolute trust in the ability of your surgeon and his or her staff. You expect to come out of surgery and eventually be able to enjoy all of the health benefits that your surgeon has described. Medical malpractice on the part of the surgeon, his or her staff, or the hospital in which the surgery is performed can violate this trust and undermine all of your expectations. A poorly performed surgery can actually undermine your health, causing severe injury or even death.
A large number of autopsy studies, revealed that the physician of the deceased had misdiagnosed the disease. Often, that misdiagnosis was the direct cause of death. Understanding the grave consequences of misdiagnosis, it is not something that should be taken lightly. Especially in cases where a physician observed obvious signs of disease and did not take appropriate action, medical malpractice laws hold them accountable for misdiagnosis. The results of misdiagnosis are not limited to death. You can suffer severe harm, whether from the progression of disease of from taking inapplicable medications, from a misdiagnosis.
Birth injuries can be both emotionally and financially devastating to a family. While many injuries can be repaired with proper medical care, there are many others that can cost a family financially and emotionally throughout the lifetime of their child. Many injuries and defects are caused during childbirth, often when the blood supply to the uterus is cut off and the baby is deprived of oxygen. Cerebral palsy, a disorder in which the baby sustains brain damage and loses control of the muscles, can occur. Often, this kind of defect can be prevented if the physician is providing proper care and is prepared for more complicated birth.
When a doctor prescribes the wrong kind of medication, or you take a medication that causes you harm, you may be able to receive compensation. Errors in the diagnosis of a disease or improper screening of a patients’ medical history can lead to the prescription of drugs that can be harmful to a patient. Sometimes, a drug can have side effects that are injurious, even fatal, to certain patients.
Sometimes, whether due to surgical error, misdiagnosis of disease, medication error, or other medical malpractice, injury can be so severe that it will ultimately result in death. The pain experienced by those left behind is compounded in these cases by the sense that a trusted professional or institution caused that death. Moreover, in many cases of medical malpractice, death is sudden and unexpected. When this occurs, families have little time to come to terms, both financially or emotionally, with the prospect of the loss. Lost income, funeral expenses, and pure emotional pain can often be overwhelming. However, by filing a wrongful death lawsuit you may be able obtain compensation that will give your family both the time and the means to provide for your needs.
In 2002, an estimated 6.3 million auto accidents in the United States caused 2.9 million injuries and 42,000 deaths. In Missouri , more than 1,100 people were killed in auto accidents, and statistics for the state of Illinois were similar. Among young people between the ages of one and 33, auto accidents are the leading cause of death. More often than death, however, an auto accident will cause debilitating injuries that can rob victims of their livelihood or force them to undergo costly surgeries and medical care. Because of this potential, we are here to help you.
At our practice, we know that the vast majority of auto accidents are preventable. Distractions from cellular phones, CD players, and eating, in addition to the influence of drugs or alcohol, are the cause of many accidents. When someone is distracted, negligent, or under the influence, and they cause an auto accident, they should be held accountable. Especially in cases of injury, the law holds negligent drivers financially responsible for their actions. We represent people involved in many different types of accidents:
Because of their size, large trucks have a high potential to cause accidents. They have large blind spots, high centers of gravity, and tend to move more slowly than the cars around them on the freeway. Cargo spills from large trucks are not uncommon, endangering everyone on the road. Because of these tendencies, there are nearly half a million accidents involving commercial trucks every year. Moreover, because of their size, collisions with large trucks are far more deadly than collisions between passenger cars. While many truck drivers are careful and cautious, a truck driver who acts negligently endangers everyone on the road. In 2000, more than 5,000 people died in collisions with large trucks. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, call us to see if we can help.
Because of the size of motorcycles, other motorists often do not pay attention to them. In addition, due to the minimal protection that motorcycle design provides for riders, those motorcyclists involved in accidents are much more likely to be severely injured than victims of auto accidents. Statistics indicate that nearly 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. In total, motorcyclists have the potential to be in more accidents than cars and are more likely to be severely injured in those accidents. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and you were not at fault, we may be able to help you.
Millions of people in America ’s greatest generation are now dependant residents of nursing homes. As the population of the United States ages, more Americans are entering nursing homes. The majority of these nursing homes receive state or federal funding that subjects them to a number of federal regulatory standards designed to ensure that residents receive adequate care in a safe and dignified environment. Unfortunately, and in spite of regulations, many of the people entering nursing homes will suffer some form of nursing home abuse.
As many as one-third of all nursing homes in the United States were cited for some kind of violation of federal law. Of the cited homes, more than 1,500 of the violations were harmful enough to put residents in danger of injury or death. Often, injuries occur because the corporate entities that own the nursing home cut the amount of staff on hand to increase the owners profits. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we are working to decrease nursing home abuse by holding abusive institutions responsible for their actions. If you feel that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, don’t let it go unpunished. You have the resources under federal, Missouri , and Illinois state laws to hold bad nursing homes accountable. Simply contact our office to find out more.
Neglect in nursing homes often begins at the corporate level. If the facility is not properly staffed or funded, the lack of staff means some residents are left to fend for themselves when they are physically incapable of doing so. Nursing homes often leave untrained or poorly trained employees in charge of elderly residents. As a result, the staff members do not pay adequate attention to their residents. Because nursing home residents are often dependent on the nursing home staff for everything neglect can be incredibly harmful. Not only can it cause psychological damage, but neglect can also lead to malnourishment, dehydration, pressures sores, infection and even death. With experience and understanding, we have given families and residents the resources to move on.
Because they are dependent on nursing home staff members, who are often untrained and unsupervised, nursing home residents are also vulnerable to physical abuse. Poorly screened staff members can abuse their positions by physically hurting or molesting nursing home patients. Physical force, sexual abuse, or any other purposefully harmful physical treatment are all severe forms of nursing home abuse, violating the dignity, health, and well-being of nursing home residents.
Emotional and Verbal Abuse
Emotional abuse usually manifests itself in an employee of a nursing home threatening or berating a nursing home resident. During visits to your loved one, they may seem quieter than usual or hesitant to talk about their care. While verbal abuse sounds like a minor offense, it can cause a resident deep emotional pain, which, in turn, can cause their health to deteriorate.
If you notice any of these signs or any other symptom in your loved one that you believe is a sign of abuse, you may be able to sue for damages. Simply contact us to schedule a consultation.