The recent decision by the Missouri Supreme Court, Deborah Watts, et al. vs. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, et al., Mo. July 31, 2012, has declared the non-economic damage cap unconstitutional. This decision now returns us to potential unlimited damages for medical negligence cases filed in Missouri. While this ruling has changed the perception of medical negligence cases, the analysis and preparation involved in representing healthcare providers has remained the same. The lawyers of Brinker & Doyen, L.L.P., have experience defending healthcare professionals before, during, and after the days of damage caps.
For over thirty years, we have successfully represented hospitals, physicians, nurses, nursing homes, emergency medical personnel, and other allied healthcare providers in both Missouri and Illinois. We work with our clients to do everything possible to present facts to fully support the basis and decisions for the care provided.
We have handled emergency cases in a variety of areas of medicine including:
- Emergency medicine
- Anesthesia and surgical complications
- Obstetrics & gynecology
- Psychiatric/behavioral health
- Nursing homes and home health care
- Internal medicine
- Prescription errors
- Multiple other areas of medicine
These matters have included damages ranging from minor personal injury, paralysis, brain injury, and death. We also have assisted physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals with representation during investigations before their respective state board. In addition, we have assisted hospital staff and other healthcare institutions with risk management, HIPPA, and record privacy matters.
The successful defense of the medical professional relies upon a strong team approach consisting of our client, our staff, and appropriate consulting experts.