Kansas City Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Advocating for the Rights of the Wrongfully Injured
Injured in Kansas City? Suffering unexpected harm due to a car accident, animal attack, defective product malfunction, or another mishap can cause a slew of sudden challenges, such as having o take time off work, spend time recovering in a hospital, and paying for your treatment. This can be especially frustrating when such harm was caused by the negligence of someone else.
If you have been injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity, Wood Ikram Law Firm can help. Our Kansas City personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys understand the legal procedures and challenges associated with such cases and how to best fight for your right to the maximum amount of compensation available. We will do whatever it takes to obtain the funds you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, attorney fees, and more so you can get back on your feet as quickly and successfully as possible.
Contact us now to schedule your free consultation and learn more.
What Is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a field of law that encompasses accidents in which harm is caused to one or more individuals due to the negligence of an individual or company. Unlike criminal cases, personal injury falls under civil law, meaning that the plaintiff (the injured individual) can seek monetary recompense from the defendant (the at-fault party) rather than jail time or other penalties.
Monetary damages in a personal injury cases include compensation for all the following, if applicable to your claim:
- Medical expenses, both past and future, including hospitalization, surgery, treatment, and ongoing care and rehabilitation
- Lost wages from having to take time off work for recovery or quit your job
- Property damage costs, such as repairing or replacing your damaged vehicle
- Pain and suffering the accident victim has endured
- Legal and attorney fees
- Other reasonable accident-related expenses
If you have suffered injuries due to the negligent or careless actions of another, by law you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party for damages. Our attorneys can help you collect evidence and fill out the required paperwork to set your claim in motion.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Our legal team is equipped to represent wrongfully injured clients throughout Missouri and Kansas, regardless of the circumstances. While we will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with whoever caused your accident and their insurance provider, we are experienced trial lawyers will go to court on your behalf if that’s what it takes.
Personal injury cases our firm can represent injured clients in include:
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Defective product accidents
- Premises liability injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Animal attacks and dog bites
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is one of the most complicated fields of personal injury law. This is because when people enter a medical facility such as a hospital, they have typically already suffered injuries or an illness, so it can be difficult to distinguish what harm is naturally occurring versus what was caused by a doctor’s negligence. Additionally, as long as a doctor upholds their “duty of care” to patients—meaning they weren’t negligent in providing treatment—they cannot be sued even if the patient’s condition worsened because they did their best to treat them under the circumstances.
In order to bring a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit against a medical practitioner, you must be able to prove the following:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed between you (the plaintiff) and the doctor (the defendant)
- The defendant breached their duty of care during the treatment of the plaintiff
- This breach caused the plaintiff to suffer harm
Types of Medical Malpractice Offenses
For example, if a patient visits a doctor for cancer treatments, but despite the doctor’s best efforts the cancer remains, the patient cannot sue for medical malpractice. However, if the doctor fails to diagnose the patient with cancer despite witnessing several obvious signs and decides not to run important tests despite such evidence, the patient may be able to sue because the doctor’s negligence (refusing to test and properly diagnose) resulted in their cancer worsening before they could finally seek treatment.
Let’s take a look at some more examples of medical malpractice:
- Conducting a surgical procedure on the wrong body part
- Conducting a surgical procedure on the wrong patient
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Failure to provide follow up treatment or aftercare
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Prematurely discharging a patient from the hospital
- Surgical errors (such as leaving a medical instrument inside a patient’s body)
What is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Claims?
If you have been hurt in accident due to the negligence of someone else, it is crucial you contact the attorneys at Wood Ikram Law Firm immediately to avoid any issues with the statute of limitations. The following are the statute of limitations for Missouri and Kansas:
- Negligence Actions (Motor Vehicle Accidents and Slip & Falls) - 5 years
- Wrongful Death - 3 years
- Medical Malpractice - 2 years
- Negligence Actions (Motor Vehicle Accidents and Slip & Falls) - 2 years
- Wrongful Death - 2 years
- Medical Malpractice - 2 years
Get the Just Compensation You Deserve
Dealing with an unexpected injury can be immensely challenging, especially if that injury is severe, debilitating, or permanent. Regardless of the severity of your injury or how uncooperative the defendant is, our Kansas City personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers understand how to fight for and obtain the maximum compensation you are owed. We will do whatever it takes to help you obtain compensation so that you can make the best and most comfortable recovery possible and move on with your life.