St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorneys
It was estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths each year in the United States are the result of medical malpractice errors.
Because of their background and training, we trust doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to act in our best interest or in the best interest of our loved ones. As study after study indicates, however unfortunately, medical negligence and surgical errors do occur more often than one would expect.
Our firm has a well-earned reputation for taking on and winning complicated medical malpractice cases. Many clients have hired and continue to hire the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm after being referred by outside attorneys who trust our approach.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical negligence, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation by calling (314) 588-7200 or filling out our online contact form.
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How Common are Medical Errors?
Medical errors are more common than you might think. In a report from the Institute of Medicine, “To Err Is Human,” it was estimated between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths each year in the United States are the result of medical malpractice errors. Dr. Barbara Starfield, in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, estimated that as many as 225,000 deaths per year are the result of medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S., just behind heart disease and cancer. Gov statistics.
The medical malpractice attorneys at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm have represented a wide variety of medical negligence victims in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois who have suffered harm as a result of:
- Birth injuries
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Wrongful Death
- Cardiac Catheterization errors
- Brain Damage Injuries
- Vaginal Mesh Complications
A Successful Track Record Handling Complex Medical Malpractice Cases
Here are just a few of the high-profile medical malpractice cases our firm has handled:
$6,500,000 verdict: Awarded to the parents of an infant who died after a hospitals failure to diagnose a bacterial infection.
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$5,000,000 verdict: Medical Negligence obtained on behalf of a woman who was discharged from a hospital emergency department without a wheelchair…[case results]
$4,600,000 settlement: for a woman whose cancer was missed by her doctors, robbing her of the chance for treatment and recovery.
$3,100,000 verdict: for a woman who was injured when her surgeon botched her gallbladder surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice:
- What exactly is medical malpractice?
- What forms of medical errors or mistakes can result in medical malpractice?
- How does medical malpractice turn into a lawsuit?
- In a medical malpractice lawsuit is there a limit to the amount that can be recovered for damages?
- If I believe that myself or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice what should I do?
- Can I file a malpractice lawsuit against someone other than my doctor?
- Is there a statute of limitations or limit on the time that has past that I can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
- Can you file a lawsuit for what might have taken place?
- Is there a way to find out if a doctor has been sued in the past for medical malpractice?
- What exactly is considered a medication error, or prescription error?
- Is it possible to sue my physician for releasing my medical records to my employer?
- In a trial by jury how do they determine if a physicians medical actions were within the standards of good medical care?
- Before my surgeon preformed my surgery I signed a consent form. What does that mean?
- After the surgery, if I am not satisfied with the outcome do I have a medical malpractice claim?
- When an injury happens in a nursing home is this considered medical malpractice?
- My physician made an error and even admitted it to me. Is this grounds for a medical malpractice case?
- Do the majority of medical malpractice claims end in a trial?
- How much will it cost me to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney for my case?
What exactly is medical malpractice?
- Medical malpractice takes place when a doctor, surgeon or any other healthcare professional causes a patient injury or death by not performing their medical duties within the medical standard of care. In other words, when a doctor, surgeon, medical center, nursing home or any other health care professional does not act reasonably and timely under the given set of circumstances and this non standard of medical conduct causes the patient injury or death, medical malpractice has taken place
What forms of medical errors or mistakes can result in medical malpractice?
The following medical errors may result in medical malpractice:
- Permission: A surgeon or doctor did not get clear or proper permission before performing a surgery.
- Misdiagnosis: A doctor or specialists fails to interpret medical tests accurately which results in a misdiagnosis.
- Error: A surgeon or specialist does not perform the surgery or procedure properly.
- Oversight: When a doctor, specialist or surgeon does not properly anticipate a problem, when they should have under reasonable medical care standards.
- Incorrect tests: When a doctor, surge ron or specialist does not request or perform the proper exams or tests and or improperly monitors your health.
How does medical malpractice turn into a lawsuit?
- When the courts attempt to determine whether a medical professional has made a medical error they will consider what this the normal and reasonable standard of care under the given circumstances and how a cautious medical professional would or should have acted under similar circumstances. Doctors, specialists, surgeons and any other medical professionals that do not meet this reasonable standard of care can be found at fault, which would then turn into a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In a medical malpractice lawsuit is there a limit to the amount that can be recovered for damages?
- The short answer is, No. The amount that is recoverable will depend on the severity of the patients injury and extent of the total damages. There are no set limits, unless there is a specific state statute that says otherwise in the state you live in.
If I believe that myself or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice what should I do?
- We recommend contacting an experienced medical malpractice attorney at the Zevan Davidson law Firm. Let us know in detail what has taken place, from the first appointment you had with your physician through to your last contact with them. List for us the specific circumstances that surround you or your loved ones illness or injuries. What steps did the physician take to treat your illness or injuries? What did the physician explain to you about your illness, injury and treatment? Did you follow through with your physician’s treatment advice and recommendations? What was the end result or outcome of the treatments? these questions will help us gauge weather your physician committed medical malpractice.
Can I file a malpractice lawsuit against someone other than my doctor?
- A medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought forward against any person of business entity that provides health care services. For example, doctors, physicians, nurses, specialists, technicians, physical therapists, surgeons anesthesiologists, radiologists and optometrists just to name a few.
Is there a statute of limitations or limit on the time that has past that I can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
- There are statutes of limitations for medical malpractice cases and these are set by state laws and generally can range from one to seven years. There are a few circumstances were this is not set in stone, such as if the injured person was a minor at the time they were injured and when this person became aware of the medical malpractice.
Can you file a lawsuit for what might have taken place?
- It is extremely frightening to find out that a medical procedure would have caused you or your loved one severe injury or even possibly death. In most instances of what could have happened it is not feasible to file a lawsuit for what injuries or damages could have taken place.
Is there a way to find out if a doctor has been sued in the past for medical malpractice?
- You can contact your states medical licensing board and ask them if they will release to you any information on the physician in question.
What exactly is considered a medication error, or prescription error?
- A prescription drug or medication error as defined by the FDA website. “A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm, while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems including: prescribing; order communication; product labeling, packaging and nomenclature; compounding; dispensing; distribution; administration; education; monitoring; and use”.
Is it possible to sue my physician for releasing my medical records to my employer?
- Under certain circumstances some employers are allowed by law to look into their employees’ personal medical records that may be on the company’s health care plan. Often times these records will include hospital records and any of your past worker’s compensation claims.
In a trial by jury how do they determine if a physicians medical actions were within the standards of good medical care?
- At a medical malpractice trial the jury will review expert witness testimony which is often times other physicians, specialists or surgeons. These medical professionals will testify at the trial to weather or not they think your physicians medical conduct was within the standards of reasonable medical care or if indeed they believe that your doctors medical conduct was below the accepted standard of medical care. For example in deciding whether your surgeon for a gal bladder procedure was negligent, the jury will use the testimony of the expert witnesses to determine what a competent gal bladder surgeon would have done given the same set of similar circumstances.
Before my surgeon preformed my surgery I signed a consent form. What does that mean?
- Before any surgery is preformed it is very common practice for hospitals to have their patients sign a release form giving the surgeon doctor the patients consent to perform the surgical procedure. Within this consent form, the patient typically is consenting to the surgery and likely other surgical procedures that could possibly become necessary. Your physician normally gives you a full detailed description of the surgical procedure before you sign the form. The details should cover the risks that could be involved with the surgical procedure, and the negative consequences of not going through with the surgical procedure. If your doctor did not explain or misrepresented the risks involved with the surgical procedure the consent form you signed before the surgery may not be legally valid. If this is provable it can help your case in certain circumstances of some medical malpractice cases.
After the surgery, if I am not satisfied with the outcome do I have a medical malpractice claim?
- Typically with medical procedures there are no guarantees with the end results. In order to have a medical malpractice claim there has to be injuries or damages to you or your loved one that were caused from the physician not staying within the appropriate standard of medical care for your specific medical condition. Call our office to schedule a free consultation about your case. The Zevan and Davidson Law Firm 314-588-7200
When an injury happens in a nursing home is this considered medical malpractice?
- Maybe, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys will review the circumstances and advise you of your legal rights.
Numerous states have setup certain procedures and remedies for injuries at nursing homes and nursing home related issues. There is also a special “bill of rights” for nursing home residents. Missouri Statutes – Illinois Statutes
My physician made an error and even admitted it to me. Is this grounds for a medical malpractice case?
- One of our medical malpractice lawyers can review your case and help you to determine claim has merit for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors just like alot of people make mistakes everyday, but if your physicians medical error was results in medical negligence or fails to fall within the expected standard of medical care, and if this is the case, then yes, there are grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Financial damages for your injuries may be achievable for you or your loved ones under the medical malpractice laws. Call our law firm and we will review your case at no charge. The Zevan and Davidson Law Firm 314-588-7200
Do the majority of medical malpractice claims end in a trial?
- Medical malpractice lawsuits quite often are an all out war and tend to be settled out of court less often than many other personal injury cases. This really all just depends upon how negligent the malpractice was and how experienced your medical malpractice attorneys are.
How much will it cost me to hire an experienced St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney for my case?
- Our law firm takes on medical malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay until the case is settled and we have recovered financial damages. You generally will have to pay certain expenses associated with your lawsuit, regardless of what the outcome is and this will be paid from the settlement amount if the lawsuit is successful. Be sure to hire an medical malpractice law firm that has extensive experience litigating medical malpractice cases. Call us today for a free consultation. The Zevan and Davidson Law Firm 314-588-7200
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The time allowed by law in which you may file a lawsuit is limited. If you wait to contact an attorney, you may end up being barred by the statute of limitations from proceeding.
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Unfortunately the septic infection damaged his heart valve and he also ended up having to have a pace maker and mechanical heart valve. He was only 25 when this took place. The blood tests clearly showed he was septic, but the doctor misread them or just didn't even look at them. Either way I almost lost my child due to a doctors negligence. We were refereed to Zevan Davidson from a family friend and we are very happy with the settlement. Thank you.