Sauter Sullivan: St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney, Missouri and Illinois
Medical Malpractice is defined as improper, unskilled or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, nurse, HMO, hospital, nursing home, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare professional or healthcare organization. Such negligent treatment involves the offender’s actions or failure to act, and causes injury or damage to a person’s body, mind or emotions.
For a case to be considered Negligent Medical Malpractice, several factors must be present, including the following:
- A duty of care was owed by the healthcare professional or organization.
- The healthcare professional or organization violated the applicable standard of care.
- The person suffered an injury or damage that warrants compensation, or is compensable.
- The substandard or negligent conduct of the healthcare professional or organization in fact caused the injury or damages to the victim.
In a Medical Malpractice Suit, the victim, or plaintiff, bears the burden of proving all of these elements, and sometimes the lines of responsibility are complicated, as multiple parties may or may not be involved in the malpractice. For example, when a doctor prescribes a medication, a pharmacist fills the prescription, maybe a nurse administers it, perhaps in a hospital or other healthcare facility, and the medication was produced by a given drug manufacturer, and the patient’s treatment regimen may have been conducted under the guidelines and restrictions of an insurance company or HMO. The burden of proof requires a law firm to present expert witnesses and testimony to support the victim’s claim of injury or damage due to Medical Malpractice. Add the fact that your attorney needs to fully understand the relevant federal and state laws regarding Medical Malpractice, and it’s plain to see that you need a real expert to help you handle your Medical Malpractice Case.
The lawyers of Sauter Sullivan in St. Louis have extensive experience and knowledge dealing with Medical Malpractice Litigation, and they have the depth of resources to successfully present your case and get you the compensation you deserve when you are injured due to the negligence of a medical professional or organization.
Contact Us for a free consultation with one of our experienced Lawyers. There’s no obligation, and we take many cases on a contingency basis, where you’ll pay us no legal fees unless we win your case.
- Matthew Sauter Wins $900,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement for Client
Medical Malpractice cases require the kind of knowledge and experience you’ll find at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Fighting hard for the rights of his client, Matthew Sauter won a settlement worth almost $1,000,000 in a St. Louis area medical malpractice case. As is often the case with medical malpractice lawsuits involving major medical institutions and practitioners, the conditions of this settlement include confidentialities which prevent the disclosure of further details.
- Sauter Sullivan Wins $350,000 Medical Malpractice Case
- Jury Awards $120,000 in Nursing Malpractice Case for Deceased Plaintiff’s Estate
Sauter Sullivan’s client was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was suffering from the debilitating effects of the disease. The client developed a urinary tract infection and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where x-rays revealed that the cancer has metastasized and was now in her bones.
A student nurse from St. Louis Community College decided the patient needed to be moved up in her bed, and rather than using a draw sheet, the proper method for moving a patient in bed, the student nurse pulled the patient by the arm and broke her humerus, the long bone in the upper arm. Due to the severity of the patient’s cancer, she could not undergo an operation to fix the fracture, and lived the rest of her life on a morphine drip. The patient died from cancer approximately three months after this incident.
Matt Sauter of the Sauter Sullivan law firm took the Medical Malpractice case on behalf of the personal representatives of the patient’s estate. Defense lawyers insisted that the case had no value because the patient had died of her cancer a few months after the arm fracture. The hospital and the college offered a settlement of $15,000. Matt Sauter believed the client’s case was worth far more than this because of the pain and suffering the patient had undergone for the last three months of her life, when she had constant pain and could not communicate with her loved ones because she was on a morphine drip. On behalf of the estate’s representatives, Matt refused the defense lawyers’ offer and tried the case before a jury in the city of St. Louis. The jury agreed with Sauter Sullivan’s arguments for their client, and awarded $120,000.