Missouri Medical Malpractice Lawyers | Medical Negligence Attorneys
When we visit a doctor or healthcare facility, we expect to be treated with a reasonable standard of care. Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals sometimes make mistakes, and the consequences are often catastrophic or even fatal. If you or someone you love suffered an injury or illness due to medical negligence, contact Gump & Faiella to discuss your case with a medical malpractice attorney.
The laws and procedures that govern medical malpractice claims are complex. Our personal injury lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and avoid costly mistakes that would jeopardize your claim. We will interview your medical team and any eyewitnesses, gather evidence, calculate your damages, arrange expert witness testimony, and help you fight for the maximum compensation.
We have more than 90 years of combined experience in legal practice, and we have won more than $250 million for our clients. Call 800-264-3455 for a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in Missouri.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
Medical malpractice occurs when a nurse, doctor, or other healthcare provider fails to use an accepted standard of care. If a reasonable healthcare provider with the same specialization would have acted differently in the same situation, and the outcome would have been different, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
Proving that medical negligence contributed to your injuries or illness (or to your loved one’s death) requires a meticulous evaluation of medical records, eyewitness interviews, and expert witness testimony. Even if negligence and liability seem obvious, you must still be able to prove the value of your past and future healthcare bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, and other damages.
This is where the Missouri medical malpractice attorneys at Gump & Faiella can help.
If you were injured or lost someone you love due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, we want to hear your story. Our attorneys have an extensive background in medical negligence claims, and we will use our knowledge, experience, and resources to help you pursue justice and the compensation you deserve.
We handle a variety of medical malpractice cases including those arising from:
- Surgical Errors: It goes without saying that an error during surgery can be catastrophic for the patient. Every year, thousands of surgical errors occur in the United States, resulting in amputations, infections, permanent disabilities, and death. Common examples of surgical errors include leaving a foreign object inside a patient and operating on the wrong patient or the wrong body part. In some cases, surgical patients suffer lacerations to their tendons, nerves, organs, and other structures. Post-surgical infections can also occur when medical staff provide substandard care.
- Infections: Healthcare providers are required to take reasonable steps to reduce the likelihood of an infection occurring. When they fail to do so, the result can be deadly. Infections can happen when medical staff fail to care for a surgical wound properly. They can also occur when an IV insertion site is not adequately sanitized and when bedsores are left untreated. Sometimes healthcare providers fail to diagnose infections despite manifesting obvious symptoms, which can cause the patient’s condition to worsen.
- Delayed or Misdiagnosis: There are many reasons why a doctor might fail to diagnose a particular condition. Some illnesses have similar symptoms to others or are so rare that they are overlooked by the physician. But when a doctor fails to diagnose a condition or perform the necessary diagnostic testing despite showing obvious symptoms, this may constitute medical negligence. In serious cases, such as cancer or pneumonia, a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be fatal.
- Birth Injuries: Medical negligence that occurs during labor or delivery can be devastating for the mother, the baby, or both. Birth injuries often have lifelong repercussions for newborns, causing permanent cognitive or physical disabilities. Examples of conditions that may be caused by medical malpractice include brachial plexus injuries, shoulder dystocia, hypoxic injuries, cerebral palsy, facial paralysis, and fractures.
- Medication Errors: An error during the prescription, dispensing, or administration of medication may constitute medical malpractice.
- Joint Replacement: The consequences of a failed hip, knee, or other joint replacement are often worse than the original condition. If you or someone in your family suffered complications due to a failed joint replacement, contact Gump & Faiella to discuss your case.
- Emergency Room Errors: There are established protocols that ER staff must follow to reduce the likelihood of errors. Failing to abide by these protocols can lead to severe injuries and wrongful death. For example, a common error made in ERs is sending a patient home too early due to misdiagnosis. If a physician mistakes a heart attack for a digestive issue or meningitis for the flu, the patient’s condition can deteriorate rapidly upon leaving the ER. Another common (and often fatal) emergency room error is failing to monitor a patient’s condition. If ER staff do not perform repeat monitoring and this results in a serious complication or wrongful death, the victim or surviving loved ones may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
- Hospital Errors: Tens of thousands of patients die each year in the United States due to hospital errors. Those who are fortunate enough to survive often suffer debilitating injuries and illnesses. The Missouri medical malpractice attorneys at Gump & Faiella can evaluate your case to determine if negligence contributed to your injury or to your loved one’s death. We represent clients who have been injured due to inadequate staffing, hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, misreading of diagnostic imaging, and improper placement of IV lines.
- Anesthesia Errors: Delivering too much anesthesia can be deadly or result in permanent brain damage, but delivering too little can cause a patient to remain conscious during an operation. In either case, the victim may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
- Dental Malpractice: It’s easy to associate medical malpractice with invasive surgeries, but any healthcare provider can be negligent. In dental offices, medical malpractice can occur due to anesthesia errors, oral nerve damage, failure to diagnose oral diseases, negligent tooth extraction or root canal surgery, and infections.
Call 800-264-3455 for a FREE CONSULTATION with a Missouri Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or someone you love was injured because medical staff failed to provide a reasonable standard of care, contact Gump & Faiella for legal guidance. Our Missouri medical malpractice attorneys know what it takes to find success in court. We have many decades of combined experience representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death, and we have recovered numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Attorney Christian Faiella was awarded an AV-Preeminent rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell rating service—the highest rating given. Christian and the entire legal team at Gump & Faiella are committed to helping victims of medical malpractice obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
The sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner we can start investigating your case and gathering evidence while it is still available and unaltered. If you are unable to come to us, we will come to you. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our office today at 800-264-3455 or send us a message online.