At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis medical malpractice attorney knows that Missouri is home to multiple award-winning hospitals including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Kindred Healthcare, and SSM Saint Louis University Hospital filled with exceptional physicians, nurses, support staff, and administrative professionals.
Unfortunately, skill, education, and talent can be usurped by medical negligence and/or errors anywhere in the hospital’s operations. That is especially true during stressful scenarios like emergency care, surgeries and anesthesia administration, and childbirth injuries or fatalities caused by medical malpractice.
Our experienced medical malpractice lawyer believes the severity of medical errors, and how they impact our clients’ lives, requires accountability and justice.
To help our fellow Missourians understand their legal rights after being injured or losing a loved one and help lessen the confusion about what constitutes a viable claim, here are the most common misconceptions about how medical malpractice claims work.
Medical Malpractice Must Be Obvious to Pursue a Claim
Most people think that medical malpractice is the result of an overt mistake. That may include operating on the wrong body part or leaving a surgical tool inside the patient.
The reality is, any unnecessary harm that is done to a patient during their care may be medical malpractice. That may include improper treatment or failing to diagnose cancer or another serious ailment.
Only Physicians Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice
Because doctors or surgeons lead most patient wellness procedures, they are often the first professionals that are pursued during medical malpractice cases.
However, anyone who works in the healthcare system where the medical error occurred, including anesthesiologists, nurses, and medical assistants, can be held liable for their negligent, improper, or injurious actions.
Medical Malpractice Claims are Only Filed Out of Greed
The genuine goal of a medical malpractice claim is to provide an actual victim of wrongdoing with justice and answers for the harm they endured while under a healthcare provider’s supervision.
When we can hold a healthcare facility, physician, support staff, or administrative professional liable for their wrongdoing, we help ensure our clients get the further care and financial recovery they need to get their lives back on track while preventing similar mistakes from occurring to others.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers Are Too Expensive to Help with My Case
Most medical malpractice lawyers, including our St. Louis attorney at the Gogel Law Firm, work on a contingency basis, making lawsuits affordable for victims from all walks of life.
This means our clients will only pay our legal fees if we favorably resolve their cases.
Contact Our St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney at Gogel Law Firm
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or tragically lost their life to medical malpractice in Missouri, contact our dedicated personal injury attorney in St. Louis today and allow us to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or contacting us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.