Orthopedics is the area of medicine dealing with bones and joints. Orthopedic physicians may be relied on to help correct or prevent issues with joints, such as hip or knee implant procedures, fractured or broken bones, sports injuries, degenerative diseases and other results of physical trauma. This is an extremely important branch of medicine that can dramatically improve the lives of patients. However, when an orthopedic doctor or member of the orthopedic staff is negligent or irresponsible during care of a patient, the results can also be devastating and may cause lifelong disability.
Common cases involving orthopedic injury include:
- Failure to diagnose fractures
- Negligent revision surgeries (hip/knee replacement) including issues with selecting the wrong prosthesis, cutting the bone at the wrong angle, and setting it improperly
- Negligent neck, back or spine surgeries
- Negligent hand or shoulder surgeries
- Failure to refer the patient to more specialized surgeon
- Improper or inadequate rehabilitative care
Orthopedic errors that are the result of negligent or irresponsible actions by the physician or member of the orthopedic staff are the basis for a medical malpractice suit if they resulted in the injury or death of a patient. The harmed patient or the family of a patient who died as a result of medical malpractice has a right to file a medical malpractice claim against the negligent doctor or staff member.
If you or a family member are the victim of an orthopedic error, please contact our office and speak with a member of the firm. The applicable statute of limitations is likely already running, so timing can be critically important to your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
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Raynes Erickson, Attorneys at Law focuses its practice on the legal representation of clients who are victims of medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, or wrongful death. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and how our litigation team can help you receive the compensation you deserve.