Learn About Your Possible Orthopedic Malpractice Claim Today From A Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer
It is the job of an orthopedic surgeon to repair injured and damaged joints, ligaments, bones, and tendons. Much like carpenters, they carefully build and repair structures so that they work well – they are experts of the musculoskeletal system. An orthopedic surgeon can fix your knee after a basketball injury. They can repair your spine and end chronic back pain. They can repair a damaged shoulder after a car accident.
However, while orthopedic surgeons are trained to help patients and heal bodies, some orthopedic specialists do more harm than good. In these cases, it is important both for the injured patient and for the community to file a medical malpractice claim. These claims force the doctor (or hospital) to be responsible for their mistakes and to pay for any damages.
At Gladstein Law Firm, we want to hear about your possible orthopedic malpractice case. We can help you investigate your claim and fight against big business and big insurance to get the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at (800) 991-0474 to request a free, confidential case review with Kentucky medical malpractice attorney Seth Gladstein.
Understanding Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery
There are many types of orthopedic doctors, each specializing in a certain aspect of orthopedic medicine. These specialists include: Sports medicine doctors, joint replacement doctors, arthroscopic surgeons, spinal surgery doctors,, and pediatric orthopedics (orthopedics for children).
Common orthopedic surgeries include:
- Shoulder replacements
- Total joint replacements (knee and hip replacements)
- Back and spine surgery
- Arthroscopic procedures
- ACL reconstruction
- Joint and tendon repair surgeries (knee, wrist, shoulders, and elbow surgeries)
- Bone fusion surgeries
Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice Errors
There are risks and complications that can occur with orthopedic surgery, as with any surgery or procedure. However, while some of these complications cannot be prevented, others are caused by doctor negligence or hospital negligence.
Common orthopedic surgery errors include:
- Failing to properly diagnose a bone injury, including a fracture.
- Failing to properly diagnose a tendon or ligament injury.
- Improperly placing a cast on a patient (too loose or too tight).
- Causing injury to nerves or other structures of the anatomy during surgery.
- Not performing an adequate surgery, such as performing surgery that will only mend part of the patient’s problem.
- Placing hardware, such as spinal cages and pedicle screws, in the wrong places.
- Not diagnosing and treating non-unions and mal-unions in a timely manner.
- Not performing spinal surgery at the right level.
- Operating on the wrong limb or joint.
- Conducting the wrong operation.
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication, or the wrong amount of medication.
- Not securing informed consent from the patient.
- Leaving behind a medical tool or medical debris in a patient’s body cavity.
- Not properly responding to an emergency during surgery.
- Not recognizing a complication of surgery in the weeks after your operation.
It can be difficult to know if your orthopedic surgery injury or failure was due to medical malpractice – or if your orthopedic doctor did not treat you correctly before or after a diagnosis or procedure. It is vital to collect all evidence regarding your case, including your medical records and medical history, and to find out exactly what happened and why.
If a medical professional or a medical facility was at fault for your injuries or complications, you may deserve compensation for damages, including medical bills, related future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An attorney can help answer any and all questions about your case, and help you find a road to justice and recovery.
Call A Trusted Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Seth Gladstein has handled medical malpractice cases, including orthopedic malpractice cases, for the span of his legal career. He has the knowledge, passion, and experience to help you get the compensation that you deserve in an efficient and timely manner.
Don’t continue to wonder if you are the victim of malpractice – or if you could possibly get financial help for your mounting medical bills. Call Gladstein Law Firm today to schedule a free case review, where we will examine your case, listen to your story, and let you know whether or not you may have a claim. To speak with a Louisville medical malpractice attorney today, please call our offices at (502) 855-4177 or toll-free number at (800) 991-0474. You may also fill out our online contact form and we will get in touch with you to schedule your visit within 24 hours.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Client pays costs only upon recovery.