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K. Lindsay Rakers

Missouri Supreme Court Getting it Right

In July 2014, our Missouri Supreme Court changed our state law for the better. ¬†Missouri has always had a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages. ¬†With such a cap, regardless of what a jury decided, a Plaintiff could not recover more […]

K. Lindsay Rakers

Malpractice a "Major Stressor" for Physicians – Life Changing for the Injured

The fantastic website Take Justice Back alerted me to a 2011 New York Times article written by Dr. Pauline Chen. Dr. Chen discusses a personal experience in her past where she received a phone…

K. Lindsay Rakers

Hurt by a VA Doctor? You Can File a Claim Against the Government

If you’ve suffered injury as a result of medical malpractice of a government doctor, from a military hospital or veteran affairs hospital, you may have a case against the government. Those…

K. Lindsay Rakers

Injuries Caused by Governmental Employees May Lead to FTCA Claim

Injured by a government employee? The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) might be able to provide you with compensation for your injuries. Sovereign immunity typically applies to bar citizens from…

K. Lindsay Rakers

Federal Tort Reform is Unconstitutional

In the midst of debates over national health care, discussion about tort reform in the context of medical malpractice claims have come up time and time again. Currently, those tort reform…

K. Lindsay Rakers

Only 20% of Medical Mistakes are Reported Per U.S. Dept of Health

Most doctors and nurses (and other medical professionals) are trustworthy, honest, and good at their jobs. I personally love and completely trust all of my doctors and the doctors and medical…

K. Lindsay Rakers

Definition of “Spouse” for Personal Injury Lawsuits? Let the Jury Decide!

As a Missouri personal injury attorney, I know all to well how a physical injury to a person can affect an entire family. In most states, when the death of one person occurs due to the negligence…

Kerry Stochl

Eye-Surgeon Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Settled

In a strange case against a former eye surgeon ion Arizona, a medical malpractice lawsuit was settled last week. Dr. Bradley Schwartz was being sued for malpractice, but he and his attorneys decided to settle rather than go to trial. The reason: Schwartz and his lawyers though he may not be able to find impartial jurors since he was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder just four…

Staff Writer

Doctors Hesitant to Acknowlege Malpractice

A recent New York Times opinion piece discusses a survey of more than 2500 doctors in the United States and Canada which revelaed doctors believe patients deserve to know about medical errors, but only about half the doctors surveyed would not admit errors of their own.The researchers are dubious that limits on malpractice suits would have much impact on what doctors admit. Changes in medical…