Hannon Legal Group handles cases of orthopedic error medical malpractice in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and other Counties across Florida. While we value the work performed by the vast majority of orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons, we know that some careless orthopedic doctors commit malpractice that causes great harm.
Negligent orthopedists don’t discriminate. An error may occur with an elderly patient who needs a hip replacement, a 20-something who tore a ligament during a softball game, or a youngster who takes a tumble and breaks a bone. Often, orthopedic mistakes are due to negligence on the part of the medical provider. When mistakes happen due to orthopedic negligence and someone is hurt, that’s medical malpractice.Understanding The Medical Specialty of Orthopedics
Orthopedics originated in the days before Christ when Egyptian physicians used reeds as splints. However, modern orthopedics traces its history to the late 18th century and the work of a Swiss doctor named Jean Andre Venel. Since that time, physicians have begun to specialize in the muscular and skeletal systems of the body—the very systems that are crucial to our being able to walk and move and get around without pain. That’s why it can be so devastating when an orthopedist makes an error due to negligence and that error causes you pain and suffering.When Does an Orthopedist’s Error Become Medical Malpractice?
For a case to be considered orthopedic error malpractice in Florida, several criteria must be satisfied. If you’re uncertain that you’re a victim of medical malpractice, an orthopedist malpractice lawyer here at Hannon Legal Group can determine whether or not you have a case. We are more than willing to help you understand your rights.
Should you decide to retain Hannon Legal Group to represent you, we would need to prove:
- That your surgeon failed to provide the accepted standard of care you should have received from comparably trained orthopedists.
- That your medical provider’s negligence and carelessness was the direct cause of any unnecessary harm you experienced.
- That the injury or injuries you experienced as a result has had a notable, negative impact on your wellbeing.
When orthopedist error malpractice happens, your surgeon’s negligence might cause nerve damage, fatal blood clots, blood vessel damage, spine and back damage, infection or sepsis, hip or other joint problems, the loss of motor function in hands or other extremities, and a decrease in your mobility. Furthermore, incorrect surgeries, or surgeries that fail because your orthopedist made an error, could make it difficult, if not impossible, to correct your bone, ligament, or joint problems in the future.
It takes an experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer to prove the points listed above. Hannon Legal Group is an experienced medical malpractice law firm.What Are Common Cases of Orthopedist Error Malpractice?
Over the years, the malpractice team at Hannon Legal Group has seen certain kinds of orthopedic malpractice cases arise again and again in Miami and the surrounding municipalities, such as:
- Applying a cast too tightly which can cause a condition known as compartment syndrome
- Failing to diagnose breaks or fractures
- Failing to diagnose a nerve impingement
- Failing to read a CT scan, X-ray, or MRI study properly
- Failing to recognize infections or other problems that arise following surgery
- Failing to use antibiotics while operating in order to prevent a surgical infection
- Improperly placing pins, screws, and other internal devices when treating fractures
- Improperly setting a fractured bone
- Improperly treating fractures
- Leaving foreign objects (sponges, towels, or surgical instruments) in a patient
- Operating on a wrong part of the patient’s body
During the course of your treatment with an orthopedist or an orthopedic surgeon, your healthcare provider may decide that an operation is called for. If he waits to long to make this recommendation and perform the procedure, you could suffer injuries. Similarly, if your orthopedist is aggressive in his approach, recommending and performing surgery even if the procedure isn’t medically indicated, that can lead to injury as well. There’s never a good reason for unnecessary surgery. The risk of negative outcomes for you, as a patient, is too great.
An orthopedist must be especially vigilant in the case of orthopedic trauma. When there is a fracture or break, a patient is at a much greater risk for developing a blood clot, which could lead to a fatal pulmonary embolism.
At all times, an orthopedist must act in a way that provides his patients with the minimum acceptable standard of care. If he fails to be aware of your symptoms and remain cognizant of signs of infection after an operation, or if he fails to treat an infection, medical malpractice may occur.Common Injuries or Negative Outcomes that Result from Orthopedic Error Malpractice?
Whether your surgeon has made a mistake or your orthopedist treats you negligently in his office, here are just a few of the common injuries associated with orthopedist error malpractice:
- Fracture (broken bone)
- Hospital admission
- Inability to move around and walk
- Inability to go back to your job and work
- Need for ambulatory assistance
- Need for medications
- Need for rehab;
- Need for additional surgery
When orthopedic malpractice takes place, the offending physician must be held accountable. If found responsible of negligence that has resulted in an injury or injuries to you, you may receive compensation to cover, for example:.
- Current medical bills and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and other kinds of rehabilitative therapy
- The wages you’ve already lost as a result of the provider’s malpractice and future lost wages
- Wrongful death
The details of each malpractice case will determine what you can expect to receive in compensation.What to Do if You Think You Have Been the Victim of Orthopedist Error Malpractice
When medical malpractice happens at the hands of an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon, you may be a victim, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Hannon Legal Group will help you with your efforts to get justice. You can start by collecting the following:
- The name and contact information, including the address, of all parties involved in your treatment
- Copies of any relevant medical records; you should also collect your diagnostic testing (originals, although copies are also helpful)
- The name, address, and phone number of any witnesses involved in your treatment
If you believe that you were injured because an orthopedist error, enlist an experienced Florida medical malpractice team like Hannon Legal Group. You’ll gain an advocate who will examine over every relevant detail of your case, help you understand your rights under the law here in Florida, and battle relentlessly to help you obtain the compensation your provider owes you. To receive a free consultation, contact Hannon Legal Group today. Submit a contact form or call us at (305) 358-3109.