What Constitutes Medical Malpractice in Missouri?

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On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. on Friday, May 21, 2010

The leading types of malpractice claims include:

  • Wrongful death
  • Birth defects or injuries
  • Hospital, physician, and nursing negligence
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Nursing home injuries and elder abuse
  • Pharmaceutical errors

If you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice and negligence, time is of the essence. Missouri medical malpractice law sets a statute of limitations of two years from the date of occurrence for all claims. If filing a wrongful death suit, Missouri malpractice law dictates the claim must be brought within three years of the decedent’s death.

Under medical malpractice laws in Missouri, one can file a lawsuit for recovery of damages against a health services provider that causes an injury either by an error in diagnosis, improper treatment, lack of treatment, or delay in treatment.


Missouri medical malpractice laws were established to protect both the medical professionals and those injured by medical procedures gone awry. It is a natural feeling to have ambivalent emotions when filing a claim against a medical professional who you entrusted with your care. While you may feel uncomfortable with pursuing legal action against a medical professional whom you may have known for many years and trusted, it is important to remember that medical malpractice laws in Missouri are there to protect the best interests of all involved parties.

Your personal feelings towards your doctor are not at issue in a malpractice action-the question of negligence is. If negligence is proven in accordance with Missouri medical malpractice laws, then you are entitled to receive compensation and help prevent other medical mistakes from happening to others in the future. If the facts do prove that your case received satisfactory medical care, you may take comfort in the fact that the medical community acted in your best interests and this knowledge can help you move forward in recovery.

Malpractice law in Missouri is a system of checks and balances. Those affected by someone else’s negligence should be compensated, and those medical professionals who acted in the best interests of their patients should be protected. If you have questions regarding medical malpractice law in Missouri, contact the law firm of Brown and Crouppen today.


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