Medical Malpractice Attorneys

for Missouri (including St. Louis and Clayton) and southern Illinois (including East St. Louis and Belleville)

Medical Malpractice:
An Overview


Metropolitan St. Louis comprises many fine hospitals, doctors and health care professionals. These professionals are human beings, however, and people do make mistakes. National studies published in medical journals document that each year, thousands of U.S. deaths and serious personal injuries are attributable to medical malpractice by doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals.

Medical malpractice carries common misconceptions. Some people believe they can sue a doctor just because of a bad outcome from a medical procedure. That is not true. The law requires patients to prove that health care 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 in the state of Illinois is similar. Doctors don’t have to be right all of the time. They are however required to comply with their profession’s standard of care.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys for St. Louis and Southern Illinois

Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P. offers the knowledge and experience for navigating the complexities of often difficult medical malpractice cases in St. Louis and southern Illinois, including those that involve:

  • anesthesia errors
  • birth injuries or trauma
  • breach of medical ethics
  • delay in diagnosis
  • failure to diagnose a condition
  • failure to monitor
  • failure to treat
  • medical mistake
  • medical negligence
  • misdiagnosis
  • misreading x-rays
  • misuse of medical devices
  • nursing negligence
  • prescription drug errors
  • surgical errors
  • surgical injuries

We have filed lawsuits against doctors in many different specialties ranging from anesthesiologists to vascular surgeons. We have also filed medical malpractice lawsuits throughout the metropolitan area from Lincoln County, Missouri, to St. Clair County, Illinois.

Most people who call us about medical malpractice just want to discuss their medical treatment to see if they have a case. We can and will answer many of those questions over the phone.

We cannot tell you over the phone whether you were the victim of malpractice. That opinion can come only from another health care provider in the same field as the defendant.

If after learning the facts we think that there is enough to investigate, we will meet with you to discuss it further. We will thoroughly assess your malpractice case and give you straight answers. If you decide to hire us to represent you, we will gather copies of all of your medical records to have them reviewed by a qualified expert.

Legal Support and Representation: Contact Us

At Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P., we take our role as medical malpractice attorneys very seriously. We ensure you have a solid case before proceeding with a claim, and we are compensated only if you win.

Your inquiry is welcome. Contact us at (314) 725-1780 to discuss your case and begin your consultation.