Medical Malpractice FAQ

  1. What is medical malpractice?
    Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, hospitals, or other healthcare professionals injure or kill patients by failing to provide proper treatment and care.
  2. What are some examples of medical malpractice?
    Medical malpractice claims may result from a variety of medical errors, such as:
    • Failure to warn a patient of known risks
    • Failure to perform correct surgical procedures
    • Misdiagnoses
    • Prescription or medication errors
    • Surgery on the wrong body part
    • Unauthorized or unnecessary treatments
  3. What time limits do I need to be aware of if I’ve been injured as a result of medical malpractice?
    The time limit—or statute of limitations—to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Missouri is two years from the date the injury occurred. In cases involving foreign objects in bodies or failure to inform patients of medical test results, victims have two years from the date an injury was discovered.

    The Illinois statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two years from the date of injury, or two years from the date an injury was discovered—or should’ve been discovered—in cases where an injury isn’t apparent right away.

    There are exceptions to these rules, and building a strong claim can take time, so it’s important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your injury.
  4. Do I have a medical malpractice claim?
    In order to file a medical malpractice claim, you must prove that a medical caregiver:
    • had a “duty of care”—or responsibility to care for you,
    • failed to provide an accepted standard of care,
    • caused your injuries by failing to care for you properly,
    • caused you to suffer damages, such as economic or emotional distress.
  5. What should I look for in choosing an attorney to represent me in a medical malpractice case?
    Three factors you should consider when choosing a medical malpractice attorney include:
    • Advocacy
      You want an attorney who isn’t afraid to stand up to big insurance companies to get the money you need. At Cofman Townsley, we prepare every claim as if it’s going to court, and the hard work we put into our cases is reflected in the results we obtain for our clients.
    • Compassion
      We know you’re experiencing physical, emotional, and economic trauma. That’s why we strive to give all of our clients the individual attention they need. If you call us about your claim, we’ll do our best to ensure you speak with your lawyer and your questions are answered.
    • Experience
      Cofman Townsley has protected the rights of injured victims in Missouri and Illinois for more than 40 years. We’re an experienced law firm with the knowledge to help get you the best possible results.

If you’ve been injured by a doctor’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. At Cofman Townsley, our medical malpractice attorneys can review the details of your accident and help protect your legal rights. Fill out a free initial consultation form or dial (888) 223-6225 to get help now.