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St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyers

We Have Recovered Millions For Medical Malpractice Victims

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed, injured or killed by a doctor, nurse, surgeon, physician or other health care provider who fails to meet the standard care that is expected of them. The very health care provider that you entrust to care for you and your children has failed you. We understand the financial hardship and emotional trauma that you are experiencing, and believe that you deserve to be compensated for your losses.

If you have sustained an injury or lost someone due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is imperative that you retain the legal assistance of Millikan Wright, LLC as soon as possible. We know how to protect your rights and can work to provide you with the results you deserve. We can use our extensive knowledge, tools, resources and creative strategies in order to build a strong case for your medical malpractice case.
Are you a victim of medical malpractice? Call our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers today.

We Can Stand In Your Corner With Many Malpractice Cases

Whether your medical malpractice incident occurred in a clinic, nursing home or hospital, you do not deserve to shoulder the financial burden of the negligent, improper or wrongful injures that you have sustained. When faced with a medical malpractice matter, we strongly advise against facing the legal system alone. These claims are difficult to fight and require the assistance of a seasoned lawyer in order to be successful.

We represent patients and their families in injuries sustained as a result of the following medical mistakes:
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnosed
  • Negligence of supervisor
  • Nursing malpractice
  • Surgical errors
  • Unnecessarily restrained
  • Wrongful death
Contact our firm to find out how we can help you. We are prepared to offer you the efficient advocacy you need during this time. Do not hesitate to schedule your free case evaluation today!
Medical malpractice law is extremely complicated, and pursuing a lawsuit against a doctor or other medical professional is very difficult. Our firm is prepared to offer you our unwavering principle of fully representing your interests without compromise. While you focus on recovering both emotionally and physically, we will dedicate our attention to the efficient resolution of your case.

Our Dedicated Representation Can Achieve Results

Upon securing the representation of our firm, we will perform a complete investigation of the facts and circumstances concerning your injury. We can work to pursue the recovery you seek to cover costs resulting from your injury. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are qualified and fully equipped to represent your medical malpractice matter. After being unexpectedly injured or losing a loved one, we understand that involving the legal system is not a high priority. It is vital that you understand the compensation you may be entitled to can help soften the blow of your unexpected financial obligations. Give yourself and your family the financial security that you deserve. Retain the assistance of our law firm to efficiently handle your case.
We have successfully recovered damages for numerous medical malpractice cases including:
  • Gastrointestinal surgical negligence - $2,000,000 settlement
  • Improper supervision resulting in wrongful death - $1,000,000 settlement
  • Surgical negligence resulting in wrongful death - $575,000 settlement

You do not deserve to suffer any longer. We look forward to the opportunity to help you recover compensation for your physical pain, mental anguish, medical bills, lost income and earnings. Our staff will treat your claim with the care and consideration that it deserves. Take advantage of your rights by choosing to work with the aggressive attorneys at our firm. We understand the heavily regulated laws and complex rules of medical malpractice and can use our in-depth knowledge in your favor.
Contact Millikan Wright, LLC today. We proudly offer each prospective client a free case evaluation.

Birth Injury Attorney in St. Louis

Assisting Infants That Have Been Hurt at Birth

In the United States, we enjoy one of the highest levels of medical care, especially obstetrical care. However, even skilled and experienced medical professionals make mistakes often resulting in injuries to babies. Birth injuries can and do occur every day. The birth process is one of the most dangerous medical procedures. Tragic birth injuries and chronic medical problems can occur as the result of poor judgment or seemingly simple errors by doctors and medical staff.

Millikan Wright, LLC understands the emotional and financial devastation that can occur when a loved one is injured during the birth process. Our birth injury attorneys in St. Louis take these injury cases seriously and work tirelessly to help you recover fair compensation for your baby's injuries. Contact us to learn more about how our skilled personal injury attorneys can help you recover financial compensation for birth injuries caused by obstetric (OB/GYN) malpractice.

What Options Do I Have Following a Birth Injury?

Childbirth is intended to be one of the most joyous times in a person’s life but when the negligence of the doctor has harmed your child, you have legal options that can be explored. Birth injuries specifically refer to the delivery process and the harm that can arise during the process, not genetic defects that have naturally occurred during the court of the pregnancy.

Birth injuries occur when the medical professional overseeing the birth and pregnancy process fails to identify and assess conditions and potential complications that can arise. Since these can be avoidable with extra care on the part of the doctor, they can be held accountable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. With five out of every 1,000 babies born in United States hospitals with birth defects, it is worthwhile to take action and hold these doctors accountable for their mistakes.

Take Action With Millikan Wright, LLC

Our firm is dedicated to bringing residents of St. Louis the serious legal help they need during these difficult times. We bring over 50 years of combined experience to each and every case. This means that you have a team of lawyers identifying every aspect of your case that may be able to secure the aggressive and fair outcome you need. A birth injury can result in a lifetime of medical care and rehabilitation- we can make your child’s life easier by ensuring that this is covered for them.
Birth injuries are serious. So are we. Contact our birth injury attorneys in St. Louis to get started on your case and holding your doctor accountable for their negligence.

Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in St. Louis

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Statistics show 2 out of every 1,000 babies born in the US has some type of cerebral palsy. Approximately 5,000 children and 1,200 to 1,500 preschoolers are diagnosed with cerebral palsy annually. Cerebral palsy refers to a grouping of conditions that are caused by damage to areas of the brain. This brain damage probably occurred before, during or shortly following birth, and results in conditions that affect muscle coordination and body movements.

Cerebral palsy is not a disease; it is not contagious and is not progressive, meaning it doesn't get worse. However, a child with cerebral palsy will have this condition for the rest of his life. Many children suffering from cerebral palsy have normal or above average intelligence. However, they may be hampered because of their inability to effectively communicate. With medical attention, physical, speech and occupational therapies, children with cerebral palsy can function at a higher level, despite their disability.
Do you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice? Our birth injury attorneys can examine your case and let you know if you have the right to take action. Find out more by meeting with our firm in a complimentary consultation. Call our office for more information!

Types of Cerebral Palsy

Children with cerebral palsy all suffer damage to the part of the brain that controls muscle tone. The type and extent of damage, however, will differ from person to person. Cerebral palsy will cause reduced muscle tone, or increased muscle tone, or even a combination of the two.

The three main types of birth injuries with cerebral palsy are:

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy
    Stiff, jerky, difficult movement. In this category, there is the diplegia (2 limbs are affected), hemiplegia (one side of the body is affected), and the quadriplegia (all four limbs are affected. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type, affecting 70-80% of children with cerebral palsy.
  • Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
    Uncontrollable involuntary movement. This inability to control can affect any part of the body, including the face, mouth and tongue. This accounts for 10-20% of cerebral palsy cases.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
    Inability to balance properly and a lack of depth perception. A person with this condition will have a very unsteady gait, and will struggle with activity that requires significant control, like writing. This accounts for 5-10% of cerebral palsy cases.
  • Mixed Cerebral Palsy
    A combination of the spastic and athetoid.

Risk Factors Linked with Cerebral Palsy

At one time, oxygen deprivation used to be blamed for cerebral palsy. However, research has identified that cerebral palsy is caused from damage to the brain, normally occurring during pregnancy, during delivery, or shortly after delivery. Some risk factors that have shown a link to cerebral palsy include:

  • The birth mother suffers an infection, seizure or thyroid disorder
  • Birth defects including those of the brain, spinal cord, head, face or lungs
  • Rh factor incompatibility: the blood of the mother and baby are incompatible (this situation is normally detected and treated early in the pregnancy with proper prenatal care)
  • Hereditary and genetic conditions
  • Labor and delivery complications
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight (2 pounds or less)
  • Severe jaundice following birth
  • Brain damage due to an meningitis, a head injury, or lack of oxygen
  • Multiple births (twins, triplets or more)
  • Smoking or cocaine use by the mother

What Are Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?

Below are some early indicators as the baby's nervous system matures:
  • Delayed Development - The baby does not reach the normal milestones for controlling the head, rolling over, sitting, crawling or walking
  • Persistence of the startle reflex that normally disappears after 3-6 months
  • The baby shows a marked favoring of either the right or left limb. This may be an indicator of abnormal muscle tone on one side, an early warning sign for cerebral palsy
Other symptoms as the baby grows older:

  • Abnormal Muscle Tone- Either stiff, or unusually relaxed or floppy. Legs may cross at the knees when walking, in a "scissoring" motion.
  • Abnormal Movement- Either jerky, abrupt, or slow. Movements are uncontrolled.
  • Deformities- Children with spastic hemiplegia (affecting one side of the body) may have limbs that appear shorter on the affected side. Without surgical intervention, this could lead to scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and the pelvic bones being tilted.
  • Stiffening Joints- With the abnormal muscle tones, the joints may stiffen because of the unequal pressures being applied to the joints by the muscles.
  • Retardation- Not all children with cerebral palsy suffer from mental retardation. However, the more severe the retardation, the more severe the cerebral palsy disability.
  • Seizures- About 1/3 of cerebral palsy patients suffer from seizures. These seizures can occur at any time.
  • Speech Impediments- Because speech is controlled and affected by muscles of the tongue, mouth and throat, some patients with cerebral palsy have difficulty speaking normally.
  • Difficulty Swallowing- The lack of ability to properly control the muscles that control eating, sucking and drinking can make these actions very difficult. They may be unable to prevent themselves from drooling. A more dangerous complication from this difficulty is aspiration, where food or fluids are accidentally inhaled into the lungs. This can cause infections or even suffocations.
  • Hearing Loss- It's possible for children with cerebral palsy to have partial hearing loss. This may result in delayed speech development.
  • Vision Problems- Due to a weakness of the eye muscles, ¾ of children with cerebral palsy will have strabismus, where one eye is turned in or out. Individuals with strabismus will also be near sighted. If this situation is not addressed, it could lead to further vision problems in the future.
  • Dental Issues- Due to defects in the tooth enamel and difficulties the child may have with brushing his or her teeth, people with cerebral palsy will suffer from more cavities than usual.
  • Bladder and/or Bowel Problems- This is caused by lack of muscle control.

Fight Back With A St. Louis Malpractice Lawyer

Some instances of cerebral palsy are caused by genetic reasons, but far too many children are severely harmed when a doctor does not abide by the standards of care that are expected of them. When your loved one has been hurt, you deserve to fight back. With a medical malpractice attorney on your side, we can help you examine the details of the birth and where the injury may have occurred. Moving forward, we can connect you with medical experts that will be able to determine how the doctor acted negligently and act within Missouri law to ensure that you are fairly compensated for their mistakes
Get the help you need. Contact Millikan Wright, LLC and fight back now.

Eclampsia Lawyers in St. Louis

Helping Missouri Families Injured By Medical Malpractice

Eclampsia is the condition that will occur if preeclampsia is left untreated. Normally occurring at the end of your pregnancy, 1 in 2000 or 3000 women will develop eclampsia. No one knows what causes eclampsia. However, according to a 2006 study of pregnant women conducted by the Mayo Clinic, pregnant women with elevated levels of two specific proteins in their blood were more likely to develop preeclampsia than other women. These proteins were found to interfere with the growth and function of blood vessels, which supports the theory that preeclampsia is caused by abnormalities in the blood vessels leading to the placenta.

Have you or a loved one been affected by eclampsia? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if a doctor or medical professional did not give you the proper care you needed during your pregnancy. Call Millikan Wright, LLC to discuss your options. Our medical malpractice attorneys have over 50 years of experience defending your rights!

What Is Eclampsia?

Eclampsia is a condition that only affects pregnant women. Risk factors for this condition include being pregnant for the first time, being over the age of 35, carrying multiple children, or having a family history of preeclampsia. There are other factors that a doctor should be able to diagnose.

Eclampsia includes all the symptoms of preeclampsia:

  • High blood pressure or hypertension
  • Protein in your urine
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision or sensitivity to light
  • Abdominal pain, normally under the right rib
  • Dizziness
  • Decrease in urine output or inability to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weight gain because of the increase in bodily fluid

In addition to the above symptoms, mothers with eclampsia can experience seizures, coma, and even death of both the mother and the baby. While the medical community is far from having an answer, it is hopeful that one day a blood test is available to screen for preeclampsia. Since eclampsia is the end result of untreated preeclampsia, the same blood test should aid in the prevention and intervention of preeclampsia, thus avoiding the situation for deteriorating into eclampsia.

Help From a St. Louis Injury Lawyer For Complications of Eclampsia

Working with a St. Louis medical malpractice attorney from Millikan Wright, LLC is the first step if you have been harmed by eclampsia during your pregnancy. During the happiest time of your life, the negligent actions of a doctor should not be able to bring you down. We can help. Our firm has served the clients of St. Louis, Missouri for over 50 years and are dedicated to upholding your legal rights during this time.

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

St. Louis Malpractice Lawyers Defending Injured Children

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) refers to damage to the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, due of a lack of oxygen. If the brain were to be deprived of oxygen for as little as five minutes, brain cells will begin to die. Because of the sensitivity of this condition, fatality is a strong possibility. In some instances, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occurs during childbirth which can result in fatalities or permanent neurological damage.
When you give birth to a baby, you are expecting for this to be some of the happiest times in your life. Medical professionals entrusted with the care of the birth of your child are expected to take all possible steps to ensure safety. When their actions result in irreparable harm, you may be entitled to recover compensation on the basis of medical malpractice. The injury lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC can help you during these times.

Why Should I Contact an Attorney?

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy during or just after childbirth is extremely rare, occurring only 2 to 4 times in every 1000 births. However, HIE can have severe effects. 15-20% of all infants with HIE will die. 25% of the surviving infants will suffer from permanent neurological damage.

Some other long-term damage from HIE can include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Mental retardation
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Vision impairment or blindness
  • Hearing impairment or deafness
  • Microcephaly (baby's head appears smaller than that of a normal infant of similar age and gender)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Seizures

In order to diagnose hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, tests need to be performed to determine the severity of the brain damage caused by the lack of oxygen to the brain. There are numerous ways that an infant can be affected. The sooner this damage is diagnosed, the sooner the proper steps can be taken to reduce the effect on the infant’s life.

Working With Millikan Wright, LLC

Our firm strongly believes that no one deserves to be injured, and especially not infants. Doctors have a higher standard of care to hold themselves to since their actions can have severe consequences, and when you baby is harmed at birth, you have the right to hold these doctors accountable. A birth injury such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can mean a lifetime of medical expenses, rehabilitation, emotional damages, and more. You should not be accountable for these injuries.
When you work with our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers, you get over 50 years of dedication and experience on your side. We work directly with you to ensure that your specific needs are met and develop a plan to make this happen. Find out more in a free consultation with our legal team!

Placenta Abruption in St. Louis

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The placenta is an organ that plays an important role in the development of a baby. It is the link between mother and baby, and serves to provide nutrients and oxygen to the baby. Linked to the baby through the umbilical cord, the placenta also serves to remove waste from the baby to the mother's blood. This waste is removed via the mother's kidney. Normally weighing about 1 pound, the placenta protects the fetus from infections, and also provides hormones that are involved in triggering labor and delivery. After the baby is born, the placenta is delivered as afterbirth.

Placental abruption occurs when the placenta partially detaches from the walls of the uterus. When this happens, the mother can suffer heavy bleeding, and it will also cause the baby to be deprived of life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients. Placenta abruption will cause death of the baby, if not the mother, if left untreated. Occurring usually around the third trimester, placental abruption affects 9 out of every 1,000 pregnancies. Placental abruption can also occur any time after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Were you a victim of placenta abruption? You may be entitled to recover compensation for your medical expenses and pain and suffering in a medical malpractice claim. Call Millikan Wright, LLC and meet with our attorneys in a consultation to speak about your rights!

Symptoms of Placenta Abruption

Placental abruption can occur at any time, normally around the middle of the second trimester. Some of the symptoms of placental abruption are:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Contractions occurring rapidly, often one after another
  • Bleeding
  • Symptoms of shock: lightheadedness, confusion, feeling week or nauseous, fast shallow breathing

If you are pregnant and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek emergency care immediately. The amount of bleeding you may be experiencing is not an effective indicator of the seriousness of the placental abruption. Sometimes the blood is trapped and there may not be much apparent bleeding.

Risk Factors of Placental Abruption:
  • Previous pregnancies: the more pregnancies you have had, the higher the risk for placental abruption.
  • Previous incidence of placental abruption: If a previous pregnancy you had experienced placental abruption, you have 15% higher risk of experiencing it again.
  • High blood pressure: both chronic high blood pressure and pregnancy-related high blood pressure puts you at risk for placental abruption.
  • Disorders of the blood: if you have a blood disorders that impairs your blood's ability to clot, you are at higher risk of placental abruption.
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple pregnancy: if you are carrying twins or other multiples, you are at greater risk of placental abruption.
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall: if you have a scar from a previous surgery, you may be at risk for placental abruption.
  • An injury or trauma suffered to the uterus, for example, an automobile accident.
  • Over 40 years of age: placental abruption occurs more often with mothers of this age and older.
  • Drug use and/or abuse: smoking, alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine use during pregnancy increases the risk of placental abruption.

How Is Placental Abruption Diagnosed & Treated?

An ultrasound is normally used to diagnose placental abruption. A blood test may also be conducted to determine if you may be anemic from blood loss. If placental abruption is diagnosed, several factors will determine your course of treatment:
  • The severity of the abruption
  • How the abruption is affecting the baby
  • How close is your due date

There is unfortunately no way to stop a placenta from detaching, and no treatment exists to reattach a detached placenta. It is common however for a mild abruption to heal in time. In this situation, you may be able to go home. If the abruption is more severe, hospitalization may be necessary to keep a close watch over you and the baby. Depending on the severity, the baby may be delivered by C-section.

Take Action With Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Our firm has over 50 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of those that have been injured in St. Louis. We believe that when you go to a medical professional for treatment, including a pregnancy, you are entitled to the highest of care and consideration during your case. When this standard of care is broken, you have the right to hold the person that has harmed you accountable for their actions!
Working with Millikan Wright, LLC means that you can focus on your recovery while we take an active stance to get you what you deserve. Don’t wait- begin today!

Preeclampsia Attorneys in St. Louis

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Preeclampsia is the third leading pregnancy-related cause of death, accounting for an estimated 76,000 maternal deaths and 500,000 infant deaths each year globally. Preeclampsia affects approximately 5% of all pregnancies, and its symptoms include high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Some other symptoms are not always present, and they include swelling, weight gain, headaches and blurred vision.

Preeclampsia normally occurs in the second or third trimesters, around the 20th week of pregnancy. It used to be referred to as toxemia because it was believed to be caused by toxin in a woman's bloodstream. Were you a victim of preeclampsia? Meet with Millikan Wright, LLC, a St. Louis personal injury law firm, to discuss what your rights are after the development of preeclampsia and how your medical professional may be accountable!

Symptoms of Preeclampsia

The harbinger for preeclampsia is high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, and excess protein in your urine. The appearance of protein in your urine is an indication that your kidneys are having problems. This again underscores the importance of regular prenatal care. These symptoms are normally uncovered during a regular prenatal visit, normally around the 20th week. Swelling, or edema, also occurs with preeclampsia, but this is not a reliable indicator for preeclampsia as it is normal for swelling to occur, especially during the end of your pregnancy.

Some other symptoms that may occur during the last few weeks of your pregnancy include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision or sensitivity to light
  • Abdominal pain, normally under the right rib
  • Dizziness
  • Decrease in urine output or inability to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weight gain because of the increase in bodily fluid

If preeclampsia is not treated, eclampsia will occur. In addition to the symptoms of preeclampsia, mothers with eclampsia will suffer seizures, which can cause coma and even death of both the mother and baby.

No one knows what causes preeclampsia. However, according to a 2006 study by the Mayo Clinic, pregnant women with elevated levels of two specific proteins in their blood were more likely to develop preeclampsia than other women. These proteins were found to interfere with the growth and function of blood vessels, which supports the theory that preeclampsia is caused by abnormalities in the blood vessels leading to the placenta. While the medical community is far from having an answer, it is hopeful that one day a blood test is available to screen for preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia is a condition that only affects pregnant women. Risk factors for this condition include:

  • Pregnant for the first time
  • You are 35 years of age or older
  • You are obese
  • You are carrying twins or multiples
  • You have gestational diabetes
  • You have a history of chronic high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease or lupus
  • You have a family history of preeclampsia

With preeclampsia, there is a high risk of premature delivery, and the risks associated with that for the baby. Some of the risks of premature births include learning disabilities, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, plus vision and hearing problems. Also, placenta abruption or the separation of the placenta from the uterus has been known to occur. Since preeclampsia affects the arteries leading to the placenta, it can prevent the placenta from receiving an adequate amount of blood and nutrients. This can cause your baby to be smaller than normal.

Treating Preeclampsia

There is no cure or treatment for preeclampsia other than the delivery of your baby. However, if your baby is not close to term and delivering your baby is not an option, you will be given treatments to allow your baby to come closer to term. Sometimes, if your preeclampsia puts you in danger, it is recommended that labor be induced, even if it means your baby may not survive.

Some of the treatments you may be given:

  • Magnesium to prevent eclampsia-related seizures
  • An anti-hypertensive medication like hydralazine to manage high blood pressure
  • Monitoring fluid intake

Did your doctor take the proper steps to ensure that you were taken care of when you were suffering preeclampsia and that all proper steps were performed to ensure that you were properly treated? At Millikan Wright, LLC, our St. Louis attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience handling cases like yours. We can identify some of the potential risk factors and let you know your rights are moving forward.
When your health, safety, and future are on the line, you need to be sure that your rights are protected. We are here for you. Call now for a free conversation with a dedicated member of our legal team!

Shoulder Dystocia Attorneys in MO

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Shoulder dystocia can be one of the scariest moments for would-be parents during childbirth. In a normal delivery, after the head emerges, the rest of the baby will soon follow amidst jubilation, and cheers. Imagine the confusion and fear if the baby's neck were to suddenly slip back into the mother, causing the baby's cheeks to puff up. This happens because the baby's anterior (front) shoulder has lodged on the mother's pubic bone. If this situation is not quickly addressed and remedied, this could spell imminent danger for the baby and the mother.

If your child was affected by shoulder dystocia during birth, it would be wise to speak with a St. Louis attorney familiar with medical malpractice and how you may be eligible to take action at this time. Your baby should not suffer at the hands of a negligent medical professional! We can help you recover compensation to cover their medical expenses and pain and suffering at this time.

How Can My Child Develop Shoulder Dystocia?

During a normal vaginal delivery, the soft bones of a baby's head can mold and overlap to fit through the mother's pelvis. The baby's shoulders, will then follow, at an angle, which gives the baby enough room to descend. If the baby's shoulders were straight instead of at an angle, the baby may not have enough room, and may get caught on the mother's pubic bone.

Risk factors that can result in shoulder dystocia:

  • A prior birth where the infant experienced shoulder dystocia, even if it did not result in Erb's Palsy
  • Larger babies, especially those born to mothers with diabetes or gestational diabetes
  • Babies with above average birth weight, or a birth weight of 8 lb. 13 oz. or higher
  • Smaller mothers, particularly those with smaller pelvises
  • Labors where the second stage of labor (when the mother starts to push) lasts longer than 2 hours
  • Breech position births

With time and medical advances, improved delivery techniques have helped prevent many injuries of this nature. At present, if shoulder dystocia should occur during delivery, there are specific actions that the obstetrician can take to remedy this situation without causing injury to the infant.

Fight Back With St. Louis Malpractice Attorneys

There are some steps and practices a doctor can employ when your child has suffered from shoulder dystocia during childbirth. Doctors can perform some maneuvers depending on the needs of the mother and the infant to free the shoulder and perform a successful delivery. In addition, both infant and mother should be monitored to ensure that the baby is breathing on its own, has not suffered a broken bone or fracture, or has suffered a brachial plexus injury, and that the mother has not suffered a hemorrhage.
Speaking with a St. Louis injury lawyer at Millikan Wright, LLC can help you discover your next best steps and whether you have a case against the medical provider that took care of you during your pregnancy and delivery. Get started with a free consultation!

Missouri Spastic Quadriplegia Lawyers

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Spastic quadriplegia is a form of spastic cerebral palsy that affects all arms and legs of the affected person. It is characterized by stiff movements and joints. This is generally detected during childhood when motor skills of children do not develop properly. In general, spastic quadriplegia is caused by damage to the brain that occurs before the child is born or who were born in an environment with many additional complications. When a mother is pregnant with a child, it is crucial that a doctor monitor the development of her baby and any complications that may arise during the pregnancy.
Was your child born with spastic quadriplegia? You may be entitled to recover damages to cover their medical expenses, rehabilitation, and emotional suffering that has resulted from this injury. Our St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys are familiar with the needs of those that have been harmed. Find out more by calling our office for a complimentary consultation.

Symptoms of Spastic Quadriplegia

Spastic quadriplegia is characterized by all four limbs being very stiff, but the individual may have a neck that appears to be "floppy," because they have no voluntary control of their neck. Because the individual has limited control of his neck and tongue muscles, their speech may be impaired, with the possibility of uncontrolled drooling. They may also suffer from seizures.

Individuals with spastic quadriplegia are susceptible to scoliosis because of the jerky nature of this condition. This deformity occurs over time, and will make walking even more difficult. Some other complications or deformities that may develop:

  • Ankle equines: the ankle cannot flex normally, causing the individual to walk on his toes
  • Foot drop or drop foot: the individual has difficulty raising the front of the foot
  • Difficulty swallowing because of diminished muscle control: this condition makes adequate nutrition a constant battle
  • Bladder and bowel difficulties

Because of the impaired speech, communicating with an individual with spastic quadriplegia may be challenging, which may make assessing their IQ level difficult. It has also been found that individuals with this condition may have moderate to severe mental retardation.

Getting Your Child the Help They Need With an Attorney

While there is no cure for spastic quadriplegia, there are treatments that can make life more comfortable and afford more mobility for an individual with spastic quadriplegia. Such treatments include physical therapy strengthens limbs and prevents muscles from becoming stiff and constricting abnormally, surgery can also be used to correct any deformities that may occur and make individuals more mobile, and medications can be administered to reduce some of the spastic or jerky movements and manage seizures. When your child has suffered at the hands of a doctor, you should not be accountable for these treatments.

Call Millikan Wright, LLC when your child has been harmed. We are trusted throughout the St. Louis area when a personal injury has been suffered, and take care of your case through its resolution. Fill out a complimentary case evaluation to get started with our team and take steps to hold negligent doctors accountable for their actions!

Choosing a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in St. Louis

Why Millikan Wright, LLC Is The Right Firm To Represent You

Anytime a person is faced with retaining the services of a personal injury attorney, it is a difficult and often emotional time of life for that person. The St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys at Millikan & Wright LLC understand the range of emotions you face and work hard to comfort and reassure clients. However, it is important that you make an educated decision when choosing and retaining the services of an attorney.

What questions should I ask a medical malpractice lawyer?

While many factors play a role in why people choose one attorney or law firm over another, it is important to consider the following factors, among others:

  • Does the injury attorney have specific experience with medical malpractice cases?
  • Has the medical malpractice attorney represented clients with cases similar to yours?
  • What is the track record of the attorney with these types of cases?
  • Has the attorney taken any previous cases all the way to court?
  • Does the injury attorney utilize experts to offer testimony?
  • What does the attorney charge to handle such cases?
  • Do you like the attorney?
  • What other cases does the attorney current have pending?
  • What support staff, if any, does the attorney have?
  • Does the attorney have the resources to front the necessary expenses associated with your medical malpractice claim?
  • Does the attorney have any experience in the jurisdiction of the medical case?

While many attorneys make promises they cannot keep, you need to make sure that you are represented by a team with your best interests at heart. Millikan Wright LLC has experience in complex medical malpractice cases. Our results demonstrate our commitment to helping families recover and heal from an injury or wrongful death.

Is hiring an attorney at Millikan Wright, LLC expensive?

In choosing a medical malpractice lawyer, it is important to understand the injury attorney's experience in injury law, particularly medical malpractice. However, it is equally important to fully understand how the attorney and law firm will be compensated.

We work only on a contingency fee basis, which means no cost to you until we secure a financial settlement. Our experienced injury attorneys charge a small percentage of the damages awarded to their clients once a settlement of damages has been reached. If we do not win the case, we absorb the entire cost.

It is important that the attorney you choose to represent a medical malpractice claim has the financial resources to absorb the costs associated with pursuing such a lawsuit. Medical negligence claims can be expensive to pursue as there are many costs, such as:

  • Securing experts to testify (includes expert fees, travel, etc.)
  • Creation of documents, images, computer graphics, and other visual aids used in court
  • Securing and preserving evidence
  • Depositions and legal research

We understand that choosing who to represent you during this difficult time of your life is stressful and seek to make the process as smooth as possible. To arrange a no-cost consultation with one of our seasoned medical malpractice lawyers and learn how you may be entitled to compensation, call our offices today!

Choosing a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in St. Louis

What can you expect from your medical malpractice case?

Every year, thousands of lawsuits claiming medical malpractice are filed. Most med-mal cases are the result of medical negligence on the part of an individual or an entire organization. In some cases, the victim of medical malpractice can sustain serious, lasting injuries and even die as the result of such negligence. In a medical negligence lawsuit, the plaintiff can files for actual damages and, in some cases, even punitive damages.
If you are considering filing for a medical malpractice, consult with a St. Louis malpractice attorney at Millikan Wright, LLC. We are committed to our clients and recovering the best outcome for their case, meaning we stop at nothing when you have the right to recover compensation.

Actual vs. Punitive Damages

In general, anyone seeking a financial award for a medical malpractice claim needs to illustrate that there are measurable damages that resulted from the actions of a doctor and that these damages have a price associated with them.

  • Actual Damages: Actual damages is the compensation awarded to the plaintiff to cover the expenses incurred as the direct result of the injury. Actual damages include cost of medical care and treatment, loss of wages while being treated, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering.
  • Punitive Damages: Punitive damages is the compensation awarded to the plaintiff as "punishment" to the medical professional or medical entity for the willful and negligent behavior that resulted in the medical malpractice injury.

Some states have imposed laws that limiting the amount of compensation an individual can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits. In Missouri, non-economic damages, such as those for pain and suffering, are limited to $350,000. However, there is no economic cap limiting the damages that can be recovered. A medical malpractice lawyer can determine if you have a valid lawsuit and are entitled compensation due to medical negligence.

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It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure evidence is preserved and to protect your rights. Medical malpractice cases have a statute of limitations, so it is important to seek legal advice quickly. Our injury attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC are dedicated to recovering your highest amount of compensation during these times. Due to the limit on non-economic damages, this may mean further showing how the doctor’s negligence affected your ability to work and created an additional burden regarding your medical expenses.

Emergency Room Malpractice in St. Louis

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Millions of Americans place their lives in the hands of ER doctors and medical staff every year. Yet nearly half of all medical malpractice injuries are caused by medical professionals in emergency rooms. Hospitals have a duty to make emergency rooms safe and efficient while minimizing the risk of errors and potential injury to patients. Hospital staff should be properly trained and screened regularly. Policies and procedures should be in place to ensure errors are reduced.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC are experienced trial lawyers and are not afraid to take a case to court if that is the client's desire. We represent a wide variety of emergency room negligence and malpractice cases, including:

Causes of Emergency Room Negligence

Mistakes made in the emergency room are rarely a single occurrence. In most cases, emergency room medical malpractice cases indicate a much larger issue. Emergency room negligence and medical malpractice is usually negligence on the part of the hospital due to understaffing, overcrowding, outdated equipment, and unethical policies and procedures, or negligence on the part of the doctor due to improper training or general fatigue.

No matter what the case of the negligence, no one deserves to suffer for someone else’s actions, and especially someone whose care they are intended to be in. If you or a loved one have been harmed or wrongfully killed due to negligence in the emergency room, you are entitled to recover compensation to address your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

Compensation For Emergency Room Malpractice

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of emergency room malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. Typical compensation may include:
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship
  • Long-term disability
  • Long-term care expenses
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Current and future loss of wages
  • Burial expenses
The medical malpractice attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC know exactly what is needed to prove emergency room negligence and medical malpractice cases. Our results demonstrate our commitment to our clients seeking financial compensation for mistakes by doctors and medical professionals. We offer free consultations to those that have been harmed to speak with a skilled lawyer familiar with their rights. Get started by calling our office for a free consultation.

Misdiagnosed Heart Attack in St. Louis

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The words "heart attack" strike fear in most people, yet many people who suffer a heart attack survive with proper medical treatment. Heart attack (also known as myocardial infarction) is a condition that is often misdiagnosed due, in part, to a variety of symptoms. Heart attack misdiagnosis is often diagnosed as simple heartburn, a panic attack, or some other non-life-threatening ailment. The earlier a person suffering from a myocardial infarction receives proper treatment, the better the chances they have of surviving.

When someone goes to the emergency room or to their doctor with the symptoms of a heart attack, the medical professional has the responsibility to provide them with the high standard of care they are entitled to. Your life is too important. If you have suffered based on the misdiagnosis of a doctor, contact the St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC. Our firm has over 50 years of experience fighting for the rights of the injured, and may be able to help you!

Your Health Is Too Important to Mess Around With

Below is a list of symptoms as described by the American Heart Association to indicate a heart attack. It is important to note however, it is not necessary for an individual suffering from a myocardial infarction to experience all these symptoms at one time. It could be a combination of a few of these symptoms:

  • Heart angina, characterized by an uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
  • Pain radiating down the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain threshold may range from mild to intense, and could feel like pressure, tightness, or a heavy weight. It could involve the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside the arms or shoulders.
  • Lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
  • Cold sweat.
  • Pale skin color. Your skin tone may be characterized as ashen.
  • Increased or irregular heart rate.
  • Feeling of overwhelming fear or impending doom.

Diagnosing a Myocardial Infarction

If you suffer any of the above symptoms and are in the emergency room seeking treatment, there are several things a doctor must do to diagnose a heart attack. Your complete medical history must be reviewed to ascertain what risk factors you may have for this condition: family history, obesity, smoking, drug use, sedentary lifestyle, previous history, etc. In addition, a physical examination must be conducted, an electrocardiogram (EKG) will be used to check for any abnormalities or heart damage that may be present and a blood test will be conducted to check the enzyme levels in your blood.

If the attending physician or triage nurse fails to recognize the severity of your condition and call for the proper tests expediently, it may lead to delayed or worse yet, incorrect treatment of your condition. Any delay could result in worsening damage or an escalation.
During these difficult times, Millikan Wright, LLC has your back. We offer you the specialized care and attention you need during this time and stop at nothing to obtain the most favorable possible outcome for your case. Learn why we are St. Louis’s trusted law firm in a free consultation with our team!

Misdiagnosed Pulmonary Embolism

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Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blockage occurs in an artery in the lung. While this blockage could be due to an air bubble, fat cells or even tumor cells, the most common cause of this blockage is blood clots from other parts of the body, most often the legs or pelvic area. Also called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), these blood clots sometimes break free and travel up until it gets to a point where the vessels are too narrow for it to pass. Most oftentimes, this occurs in the pulmonary artery. When this blockage occurs, the lungs continue to be supplied with air, but not with blood. This can lead to acute respiratory distress and even death.

Pulmonary embolism is the leading cause of accidental death for hospitalized patients. According to statistics, over 200,000 deaths occur annually in the United States because of pulmonary embolism. With so many people affected, it is important that you receive the medical attention you need. The medical malpractice lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC can help. Have you suffered an injury due to a misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism? Call us today!

What Are the Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism?

Depending on your overall health, the size of the clot, and the area of the lung affected, the symptoms can vary greatly. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Sudden shortness of breath, even in the absence of raised physical activity
  • Chest pain very similar to a heart attack: pain in the chest region that may radiate down through the shoulder, arm or even neck and jaw. The pain may be sharp and stabbing or dull and throbbing
  • Pleurisy: worsening pain when you cough or stoop. Pain that worsens with physical activity, but doesn't go completely away at rest
  • Cough with blood in your sputum
  • Tachycardia: rapid heartbeat
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath
  • Swollen legs, especially in the calf area. Legs could be hot to the touch.
  • Light headedness
  • Fever
  • Cold sweats
  • Clammy skin, or skin that takes on a bluish tint

It is important that your medical provider is able to identify these symptoms and take the appropriate actions to ensure your safety. If not, you can suffer severe and life-altering personal injuries.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Millikan Wright, LLC

People across the United States may find themselves suffering from medical malpractice, and we are dedicated to taking a stand for those harmed in the St. Louis area. Your team of attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience and have proven themselves time and time again in the courtroom. Ensuring a favorable outcome for your case takes time and dedication, and we want to recover your highest possible amount of compensation during this time.

Do not wait to take action. Considering statute of limitations laws, your time is limited. Call us now to find out how we can help you recover the damages you are legally entitled to!

Misdiagnosed Bacterial Pneumonia

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Pneumonia is an inflammation and/or infection of the lungs, often caused by a virus, bacteria or a foreign substance. Pneumonia occurs when the sacs in the lungs fill with fluid, mucus or pus that prevents the lungs from functioning normally. This causes the rest of the body to suffer a lack of oxygen. One of the most common forms of pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, is often caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia. Bacterial pneumonia is also commonly known as community acquired pneumonia.

In 2005 alone, over 61,000 people died from pneumonia. Pneumonia is ranked as the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Individuals at risk of pneumonia include the young, the old, and those with a compromised immune system. Have you been affected or harmed by pneumonia that should have been diagnosed by a doctor? Our medical malpractice lawyers can stand by you and make sure that the medical professional is held accountable. Find out more by calling our firm.

Did I Suffer From Pneumonia?

Below is a list of possible symptoms of pneumonia. It's important to note that you may not necessarily experience all the symptoms listed below. Additionally, if you develop pneumonia as a complication of the flu, it is possible for your symptoms to temporarily cease before the symptoms reappear and worsens.

  • Fever
  • Chills and body aches, shivering and/or sweating
  • Chest pain and tightness when breathing, plus breathlessness
  • Shallow or rapid breathing, shortness of breath
  • Dry unproductive cough (early symptoms)
  • Productive cough (as the pneumonia progresses)
  • Cough with the presence of thick or yellowing mucus, or the presence of blood
  • Headaches, nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tiredness, lethargy or malaise

In addition to these symptoms, you may have found yourself suffering from atypical pneumonia. Atypical pneumonia is Often called walking pneumonia, this form of pneumonia is very dangerous because it often goes undiagnosed for a very long time, allowing the infected individual to expose many people to the bacteria.

Legal Options After You Have Suffered Pneumonia

With the complication of pneumonia not always presenting all the symptoms, especially if it is preceded by the flu or other malady, early symptoms of pneumonia can be overlooked and go untreated. Pneumonia has a high mortality rate and should not be taken lightly. If your symptoms worsen or if they do not improve, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Wondering if a medical professional did not treat you in the manner you needed when you were suffering from pneumonia and you suffered even more as a result? Contact Millikan Wright, LLC for a complimentary case consultation. We can look at the details of your case and determined whether a doctor acted negligently in your care and take action on your behalf.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in St. Louis

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Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare disorder, triggered by a bacterial infection, and is most commonly associated with the use of tampons, contraceptive sponges or diaphragms. However, TSS has also been known to occur in men, children and non-menstruating women. TSS can occur after surgery, or because of a wound that may have allowed bacteria to enter the bloodstream.

Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC if you believe you have been harmed due to toxic shock syndrome. We can evaluate your case in a complimentary, no-obligation consultation and let you know the course of action that best fits your needs. Then, we will utilize our resources to secure the outcome that you are entitled to.

Causes of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

TSS is caused by toxins produced by the Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria or toxins produced by group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria. Symptoms for TSS can develop very suddenly, and this condition can be fatal. Anyone that is suffering from toxic shock syndrome needs immediate medical care.

Common symptoms of toxic shock syndrome include:

  • Sudden onset of a high fever
  • Low blood pressure (hypo-tension)
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • The appearance of a rash on your palms or the soles, which may peel in a few weeks
  • Redness of the eyes, mouth and throat
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Confusion
  • Seizures

Toxic shock syndrome is serious and needs medical attention right away. Speaking with an injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights during this time and let you know your best course of action.

No One Should Suffer At the Hands Of a Doctor

When you seek medical treatment from a doctor or hospital, you are doing so with the expectation that the highest level of care will be used on your behalf. In fact, these medical professionals need additional certifications that prove their ability to provide you care meets established expectations. When these expectations are not met, you may find yourself suffering a personal injury that needs additional care.
Bring a medical malpractice lawsuit in these cases is important. It not only holds the medical professional responsible for their actions and minimizes the risk that anyone else will be affected, but it further gives you the financial compensation for your additional medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more that you have suffered as a result of these actions.

What Is Informed Consent?

Without Informed Consent, You May Have A Malpractice Case

Many medical malpractice cases have classic "signs" of negligence and general sloppy medical treatment. However, these are not the only ways that a medical professional may fail to live up to the standard of care expected from them. Informed consent is one of the fundamental steps needed for a doctor to proceed with medical treatments, except in specific circumstances. Informed consent means that that doctor has spoken with the patient about their treatment and the patient has understood what it means to move forward with the procedure.
Informed consent is important in any medical procedure. If your doctor or provider did not inform you of the potential risks you may be facing, you may be entitled to hold them accountable for medical malpractice. Contact the St. Louis malpractice attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC to discuss your case with our legal team

Informed Consent & When It Applies

Informed consent is the agreement to proceed with a medical treatment after being fully informed by a doctor about the planned treatment. A good informed consent includes the following:

  • Clear identification of who will be performing the procedure
  • Proposed medical treatments
  • Chances of the treatments success
  • Possible complications and side effects (risk associated with the procedure)
  • Alternatives to the procedures and their related risks
  • Expected recovery time
  • Cost and insurance coverage

In order to give informed consent, you must fully understand the details listed above and be able to provide consent, that is you are conscious and of sound mind. However, informed consent does not protect the doctor or medical facility from a medical malpractice lawsuit. If negligence occurs or the doctor acts outside of the required standard of care, medical malpractice is still possible.

Informed consent may not be necessary when in an emergency, you are unconscious or incapacitated and unable to provide consent or when the level of interaction between the doctor and you, the patient, does not rise to the level of treatment.

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The laws governing medical malpractice can be very complex. Doctors must be able to uphold their expectations while abiding with the law, which gives patients certain and specific rights. Importantly, a doctor must work within the confines of what is best for the patient. When they do not do so, even if it is failing to inform a patient of the treatment they will be receiving and preventing them from taking the agency for their life and health in their own hands, they can be accused of medical malpractice.
When you are in this situation, you need aggressive help to fight on your behalf. Our St. Louis lawyers are ready to help. We offer free consultations for you to meet with our team, discuss how you were a victim of medical malpractice, and how we can work for you.

Medical Malpractice Statute Of Limitations

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Statutes of limitations restrict the time period that a person can file a lawsuit. Statutes of limitations apply to every type of lawsuit, including medical malpractice and injury lawsuits. Statutes of limitations vary by state, but they also vary by cause of action. Statutes of limitations are intended to ensure that a case is taken care of before evidence, witnesses, and important information become too old or separated from the case to speak to the truth. Since it may take some time before medical malpractice is even discovered, many claims wait until a person has recognized they were injured before the statute of limitations begins ticking down.

If you have been harmed by a doctor, hospital, or other medical professional, you need to take swift action before the statute of limitations runs out. Our medical malpractice attorneys in St. Louis can help. Contact us now for a no-cost, no-obligations consultation to discuss your rights.

Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Once you or a loved one have discovered the injury, it is important that steps are taken as soon as possible to hold the doctor accountable you’re the harm and recover compensation to address your additional medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Time is of the essence here! Below, we outline some of the timeframes you have in Missouri to take action.

  • Standard medical malpractice: Two years from the date that the medical error had occurred.
  • Foreign object left within the body: Two years from the time that the foreign object has been discovered within the body but no more than 10 years from the date of the surgery.
  • Medical malpractice of a minor: Malpractice occurring to a minor must be filed within 10 years of the medical treatment and no later than the child’s 20th birthday.
  • Wrongful death claims: Within three years of the date of death of the injured party.
With such a limited time frame to take action, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you think you may have been injured. With the amount of witnesses, documentation, and consulting with medical experts that needs to be done in connection with a medical malpractice case, medical malpractice cases take time to see through. At Millikan Wright, LLC, we do not find it acceptable for a medical professional to harm a patient in their care. This is why we are dedicated to fighting for you.
Your health and wellness are too important to leave in the hands of someone that does not take them as seriously as you do. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer when you need someone to fight on your behalf. Our firm is here for you!

Surgical Negligence in St. Louis

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With more Americans having surgical procedures than ever before, it is no surprise that surgical malpractice is one of the leading reasons for medical negligence claims. Elective and non-elective surgery has the potential to be a catastrophic injury. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that approximately 12,000 deaths occur each year due to unnecessary surgery. Not all surgical malpractice cases result in death. Many cases involve wrong procedure, wrong patient, or wrong site surgeries leaving the patient to endure additional surgeries, risks, and potentially lasting complications.

We handle a wide variety of surgical negligence cases, including:

Medical professionals are held to a higher standard of care than people in other professions, and therefore must be sure to provide the care and consideration their patients need. When their actions do not live up to this standard, they can be held accountable for medical malpractice. If you or a loved one have been harmed, you have the legal right and responsibility to take action.

Millikan Wright, LLC is Familiar With Malpractice Cases

Millikan Wright, LLC surgical malpractice attorneys understand exactly how to prove surgical negligence cases and will diligently represent you. Our malpractice lawyers have experience in the court room and are not afraid to challenge hospitals and insurance companies. Our results demonstrate our effectiveness in representing people injured from surgical mistakes. Contact us to learn how we can help you secure compensation for your doctor's surgical mistake.

Surgical negligence is a serious matter that requires the skill, experience and resources of a law firm able to represent you with tenacity and prowess. Our surgical malpractice lawyers will take your case all the way to court, if necessary, to get you the compensation you deserve.
Our team works on a contingency basis and fronts all the money necessary to secure expert testimony, investigations, etc. We won't charge you a dime until we secure a financial settlement for you. If we don't succeed, you don't pay. Find out more about how we can help you by speaking with a member of our legal team in a complimentary case consultation. We are here to fight for you!

Laparoscopic Surgery Complications

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Over the years, laparoscopic surgery has gained in popularity with not just patients, but with insurance companies as well. This popularity was gained as a result of the many benefits of laparoscopic surgery such as a shorter recovery time and hospital stay and the lack of a visible incision. While the benefits of laparoscopic surgery make it a very popular choice when facing surgery, it must be noted that laparoscopic surgery is much more surgically demanding for the surgeon. That being said, the selection of the laparoscopic surgeon must be done with care. Also, there are risks associated with laparoscopic surgery that are unique to laparoscopic surgery, and may not be risks if the same procedure was done via traditional open general surgery.
Our results demonstrate our commitment to helping our clients recover financial compensation to help families heal from an injury or wrongful death at the hands of a negligent act. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury as the result of negligence, malpractice or carelessness, contact our Missouri personal injury lawyers online or call (314) 621-0622 to schedule a FREE consultation and learn how the law can help you recover financial damages for your injuries.

Complications Associated With Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery was initially developed by gynecologists in the 1960s. Used as a diagnostic tool, laparoscopic surgery eventually evolved to include minor surgical procedures, including fertility surgery. In the last five years, laparoscopic surgery has grown to include surgery of the appendix, colon, stomach, kidney and liver.

Like all surgical procedures, laparoscopic surgery is not without its risks. Following is a list of possible complications of laparoscopic surgery:

  • Infection
  • Weeping Peritoneum
  • Incisional Bowel Herniation
  • Gastro-Intestinal Tract Injury
  • Blood Bessel Injury.
  • Gas Embolism
  • Complications of the Distension Medium
  • Injury to Vessels in the Abdominal Wall
  • Injury to an Intra-Abdominal Vessel
  • Bowel Injury
  • Thermal Injury

There are some conditions that can increase the risk of suffering a complication from laparoscopic surgery. These include heart failure, respiratory illness, a distended bowel, additional laparoscopic surgeries, an existing cardiac disease, and old age.

Millikan Wright, LLC Has Over 50 Years of Experience

Medical professionals need to give you the care you deserve when your life is literally in their hands. When their actions result in a serious complication, you may find yourself facing additional medical expenses, pain and suffering, or worse, the wrongful death of a loved one. During these times, you can rely on our medical malpractice lawyers to take your case in their hands and ensure that you are being taken care of. Focus on yourself and let us do the dirty work.

Our firm is trusted in St. Louis for a good reason. Check out some of the things our clients have said about working with us and give us a call to get started in an evaluation.

Wrong Site Surgery Lawyers in St. Louis

Did a Surgeon Cause Irreparable Harm?

Whenever someone undergoes surgery, there are many issues to consider, and many things that could potentially go disastrously wrong. Even under the best of circumstances, an oversight by the surgeon or hospital nursing staff could have dire consequences for the patient. According to the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 4,000 wrong-site surgeries occur annually in the United States. This equates to one in 17,000 surgeries being performed on the wrong site. By definition, wrong site surgery encompasses surgeries done on the wrong organ or limb, at the wrong level of the spine, or even on the wrong patient.

These statistics are unacceptable. Your health, safety, and well-being should be the primary concern of the surgeon when you are under the knife. If you have been harmed during a wrong site surgical operation, you have the legal right to hold the negligent surgeon accountable. Speak with Millikan Wright, LLC in a free consultation to discuss your options.

What Can a Patient Do To Prevent a Wrong Site Surgery?

Once the patient is under general anesthesia, he or she is no longer able to monitor or voice any thoughts or concerns. Patients must proactively be involved in all aspects of his health and medical decision-making; especially when surgery is involved. Studies have shown that patients who are actively involved in the decision-making process relating to their care are more likely to have a favorable outcome. Some things a patient facing a surgery should remember:

  • Make sure you have spoken to your surgeon and you understand and agree to the surgery to be performed.
  • Make sure the surgery site is clearly marked with a permanent marker. The markings should be clear and should remove all doubt as to where the surgery will be performed. If you have any doubt or concern that the surgery site is not clear, be sure to speak up and address it with the surgeon before your surgery.
  • If any x-rays are used to identify the surgery site, make sure the x-rays films are yours and do not belong to another patient.
  • Ask for your surgery to be performed at a facility accredited by the JCAHO. This accreditation means that the facility has undergone rigorous on-site evaluation and is committed to national quality and safety standards.
Regardless of how rare a wrong-site surgery may be, if it happens to you, it is devastating and can have long term ramifications. During these times, you can rely on our firm to help you recover what you deserve. Call now to speak with a medical malpractice attorney in St. Louis that can help you with your case.


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