The Saint Louis Metropolitan area is home to many fine hospitals, doctors and health care professionals, however, studies have shown that thousands of deaths and serious personal injuries occur in the United States each year that are attributable to medical malpractice by doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals.
There are many misconceptions about Medical Malpractice. Some people think that just because they had a bad outcome from a medical procedure they can sue a doctor to recover money. That is not true. The practice of medicine is an art and not a science. The law does not compensate people just for bad outcomes; the law requires that patients prove that healthcare providers were negligent and that the negligence caused the patient to suffer damages.
Missouri Law defines Negligence for Health Care Providers as, “the failure to use that degree of skill and learning ordinarily used under the same or similar circumstances by the members of defendant's profession.” The law does not require doctors to be right all of the time; they are however required to use the skill and learning required by the Standard of Care in their profession.
Many people who call us about a potential Malpractice case just want to discuss the facts of their medical treatment with a lawyer to see if they have a case. We can and will answer many of your questions over the phone. We can not however tell you over the phone whether you were the victim of malpractice. That opinion can only come from another healthcare provider practicing in the same field as the defendant. If we are interested in your case we will schedule an appointment to meet in person to discuss your case in more detail. If you decide to hire us to represent you we will gather copies of all of your medical records to have them reviewed by other health care professionals.
We know that it is a very serious matter when a medical condition is made worse by the act or omission of a health care professional. At Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P. we take our role as Medical Malpractice Attorneys very seriously. If you are reading this you may be wondering if you have a malpractice case. Please call us to discuss your potential case. We will thoroughly assess your claim and give you straight answers. We are selective in the cases that we accept and pursue. Because we only get paid if we win, we make sure that you have a solid case before moving forward.
At Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P. we have the knowledge and experience to navigate the complexities of these often difficult cases, including those involving:
- Failure to Diagnose a Condition
- Delay in Diagnosis
- Medical Negligence
- Surgical Errors
- Medical Mistake
- Anesthesia Errors
- Birth Injuries or Trauma
- Prescription Drug Errors
- Misuse of Medical Devices
- Failure to Treat
- Failure Monitor
The firm has the specialized knowledge and experience required to review medical records, hospital protocols, physicians’ credentials and other relevant documents, and to find and retain experts to give us honest answers about the appropriate standard of care. We can and will make a complete assessment of the injured person’s damages, including permanent injuries and economic damages.