Medical Malpractice at Warrensburg, MO City Hospitals
Posted in Medical Malpractice on March 24, 2020
Although we trust medical professionals to take care of us when we are at our most vulnerable, not all healthcare providers uphold their duty of care to their patients. Some of these individuals may commit acts of medical malpractice, causing harm to patients through a negligent act or omission. After experiencing malpractice, a patient may suffer from significant physical, financial, and emotional harm.
In Warrensburg, Missouri, patients are not exempt from falling victim to negligent acts at the hands of medical professionals. However, if you experience an act of medical malpractice, you have the right to claim compensation for your damages through a lawsuit in Missouri civil court. You can hold the negligent healthcare provider liable in your claim — and in certain circumstances, you may be able to name the hospital as well. Reach out to our skilled Kansas City medical malpractice lawyers for a free case evaluation.
Can You File a Lawsuit Against a Missouri Hospital?
You can name the individual directly responsible for your injuries as an at-fault party in all medical malpractice cases, but hospitals may be exempt from liability in many lawsuits. Hospitals can go to great lengths to protect themselves from litigation.For example, many hospitals hire doctors and other specialists as independent contractors who simply operate out of the facility, instead of hiring them as employees. If the negligent medical professional responsible for your injuries is an employee, you can name the hospital in your claim.
If the negligent professional is an independent contractor, you can only hold the hospital liable if your case involves one of two possible scenarios.
- Hospitals have a responsibility to ensure that their independent contractors do not have a pattern of negligent or dangerous behavior with patients, and if they detect this pattern, they must take steps to remedy the situation. If you can prove that the negligent party had a history of dangerous behavior and the hospital knew but failed to take action, you can hold the facility liable in your claim.
- Hospitals must also inform their patients if the healthcare provider who is treating them is an independent contractor. The hospital usually provides this notice on admissions paperwork. If the hospital did not inform you of the negligent party’s contractor status and he or she appeared to be an employee of the hospital, you can file a claim against the facility.
Were You Injured at a Warrensburg Hospital?
Many residents of Warrensburg, Missouri seek treatment at the Western Missouri Medical Center, as well as other medical facilities within driving distance such as the Royal Oaks Hospital and the Bothwell Regional Medical Center. Since few hospitals serve the Warrensburg area, it is important that all medical professionals uphold their duties of care — but unfortunately, this is not always the case.
If you were the victim of medical malpractice at a hospital in Warrensburg or the surrounding areas, contact Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet today. Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys have years of experience working with medical malpractice cases, and can provide a number of benefits to assist you with your lawsuit.
- Recovery from medical malpractice can be a long and painful process, depending on your injuries. Navigating Missouri personal injury law is complicated alone, and your attorney will be able to guide you through each step so you can focus on your healing, not deciphering legal jargon.
- You may not have access to the resources you need to prove your claim, especially if you are facing a hospital’s large legal team in the courtroom. Our firm has a wide network of resources available to build your case, including connections with medical experts who can provide testimony during your trial.
- Determining which damages you qualify for in a medical malpractice case can be challenging, especially if you experience barriers while collecting evidence. Your attorney will help you understand which damages you may be able to claim, and can assist in collecting the proper evidence to prove each one.
Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys. Our lawyers are available to meet at our offices in Kansas City, or an alternate location near Warrensburg upon request.