Kansas City Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Helping Victims of Medical Mistakes in Kansas City
Medical malpractice can take many forms, but all of them can have traumatic, life-long consequences.
In instances of malpractice, a doctor or other medical professional fails to act properly and makes a mistake that should not have been made. Proving this can be quite difficult, but doing so is vital to receiving proper future treatment and making sure the doctor responsible pays for your pain and suffering.
A medical malpractice civil suit is not something you should attempt to do on your own. You need experienced lawyers with professional medical contacts on your side to demonstrate where mistakes were made and how those responsible should be held accountable. Call Norton & Norfleet, P.C., at (816) 454-5800. Speak with one of our knowledgeable Kansas City personal injury attorneys to discuss your situation, talk about your options, and make sure you are on the right path for medical and financial recovery.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to an error made by a doctor or other healthcare professional that would NOT have been made by other medical professionals acting “reasonably.”
It does not refer to any possible medical mistake, since many such occurrences are just that: mistakes. Malpractice really comes down to negligence, like in many other civil claims. In a malpractice suit, you are arguing that what a doctor did, or failed to do, is something that other doctors would reasonably not do, or remember to do. That is the difficulty in proving such a case.
Different Types of Common Malpractice
While there are many different ways in which medical malpractice can occur, a few of the more common types include:
- Birth injury: These are injuries sustained by the newborn or mother during childbirth. This can include a failure by a doctor to catch issues prior to labor that complicate delivery, which cause injury to the child, such as preeclampsia or placenta previa. These injuries may lead to life-long disabilities or complications for the child.
- Medication errors: Mistakes in prescribing the correct medication, or failing to predict an interaction between medications, can have serious consequences. It is important for patients to inform doctors of all medications they are currently using. So long as medical professionals have this information, however, they should consider any interactions between medications and prescribe responsibly.
- Surgical errors: Errors in surgery include mistakes by the surgeon as well as those made by attending nurses and anesthesiologists. Any mistakes made during surgery, including failure to make sure a patient is moved as needed to maintain circulation, can have horrific consequences.
- Failure to diagnose: This includes both failing to diagnose an issue as well as misdiagnosing. A failure to diagnose correctly can lead to unnecessary surgery or medication, or the correct procedures not happening in a timely manner.
What Type of Medical Negligence Did You Suffer?
At Norton & Norfleet, P.C., we are ready to take our experience in some of the state's highest stakes and precedent-setting cases to help you if you have suffered any type of medical malpractice including:
- Disfigurement and limp and/or loss of appendage/organ
- Delay or misdiagnosis of disease, illness, or injury
- Emergency room error
- Birth injury
- Spine and brain injury
- Failure to gain informed patient consent prior to operation or procedure
- Misuse of prescription drugs, a medical device, or an implant
- Surgical or anesthesia-related mishap during a procedure
- Sponge or other instruments left in your body
- Misdiagnosis of cancer
- Wrong prescription or wrong dose
- Laboratory error
- Failed treatment
- Chronic pain
- Wrong-sided surgery
- Fatal mistake and wrongful death
- Nerve damage/paralysis
- Failure to prevent blood clot/stroke
- Surgical error
What’s Involved in Proving Medical Malpractice?
Proving medical malpractice in a civil lawsuit is difficult. In order to establish negligence on the part of the medical professional, you must prove that another doctor, acting reasonably, would not have made the same mistake. This means you may need to cite medical journals or research, offer information on prescription drugs and tests, as well as have testimony from other doctors regarding how a procedure should be handled. You should not try to do this by yourself. An experienced, knowledgeable lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice can handle all of these tasks and make sure your rights are fought for aggressively.
Missouri Caps on Recovery Amounts
It is important to note that in Missouri there are caps on medical malpractice cases, including the noneconomic damage cap. If you have been injured, it is important to act decisively to begin building a case, so we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible.
It can also be helpful to realize that many doctors have been sued multiple times, but juries cannot be made aware of this information in court. We are here to do everything we can to work toward serious accountability.
Contact Norton & Norfleet, P.C., for a Free Consultation
To discuss any aspect of medical negligence in a free initial consultation with one of our Kansas City medical malpractice lawyers, call (816) 454-5800. You may also complete a brief online form to ask a question or to schedule a consultation in our office or at your location.
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