In general, anyone who has been the victim of medical malpractice in Missouri has every right to sue the health provider for monetary damages. However, certain circumstances could alter your rights to that compensation. Answering the following questions may help you better determine your options.
1. How long has it been since the malpractice incident occurred?
Missouri's statute of limitations says that a Missouri medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of:
- The date that the event causing the injury occurred
- The date that the injury was discovered, in regards to foreign objects in the body or a doctor's failure to give the patient vital information.
- If a child was injured, the date of the child's 20th birthday.
2. Can you prove that malpractice occurred?
Proof is the key to any malpractice lawsuit. A skilled Missouri medical malpractice lawyer can help you get the necessary evidence, such as tracking down condemning paper documents from the hospital or finding another doctor in the field to provide expert testimony.
3. Have you agreed to anything with the hospital or clinic staff?
If you have already signed any kind of agreement, this may affect the compensation you are allowed to receive. For example, you may have inadvertently signed papers saying you will not sue or will not demand more than a certain amount of money.
4. Have you received any compensation to date?
If you have already received some form of payment, such as having your medical bills waived, this could reduce or deny you the right to additional compensation.
If you would like more information regarding the options available to your specific situation, contact the experienced St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys of Alvin Wolff at 314-241-2500.