Some statistics show that 75 percent of all doctors will face at least one medical malpractice claim in their career. The numbers are closer to 100 percent for doctors or surgeons in a high-risk area of health care, such as specialties related to the brain or heart.
Of course, just because a doctor is accused of medical malpractice doesn't mean that the case is proven. While there is a lot of talk about frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits, the truth is that very few Missouri malpractice claims actually win.
Many of the lawsuits are dismissed before they ever reach the trial stage. Some are thrown out early in the process, with the victim receiving absolutely nothing for their pain.
While some of these are indeed frivolous lawsuits, others are dismissed due to a lack of substantial evidence. This doesn't necessarily mean that the victim is wrong; it just means that he cannot prove the case.
Other malpractice lawsuits in Missouri are settled out of court. Only a few go through the entire court process where a judge or jury eventually decides the fate of the victim and the defending physician.
At every point of the legal process, the victim faces the chance of the case being dismissed. That's why you should consult with an experienced St. Louis medical malpractice attorney before filing a claim on your own.
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a medical mistake, you deserve compensation for your injury.
At Alvin Wolff, we represent such high-profile cases as the current Regina Turner wrong-side brain surgery. We have the resources and skill to prove your case. For a free consultation or your free copy of The Guide On How To Pick a Lawyer, call 314-241-2500.