Orthopedic surgeons work to diagnose, prevent, and treat patients with disorders of joints, bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Some are general orthopedists and some specialize in certain parts of the human body such as the spine, hips or knees.
While most orthopedic procedures are successful, there are inherent risks involved with any surgery. Medical professionals owe patients a standard of care and when that standard is not met, medical malpractice laws allow individuals to pursue compensation for their injuries.
Examples of Orthopedic Malpractice
Negligence during orthopedic procedures can cause new medical conditions or exacerbate existing ones. These errors can have significant consequences including loss of function, loss of limb, and even death.
Examples of orthopedic malpractice may include:
- Improperly set bones
- Improper placement of screws and plates
- Delayed Diagnosis
- Anesthesia Problems
A personal injury lawyer must be able to prove that:
- The doctor deviated from the accepted standard of care for their profession
- The deviation proximately caused damages
- The damages are permanent or have made a significant impact on your life
How a Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
Medical malpractice cases are some of the more complex injury cases. There are many hurdles to jump in proving a doctor's negligence was to blame for your injuries. Expert witnesses are needed to provide testimony about the applicable duty of care, the deviation from the duty of care and damages.
At The Reinartz Law Firm, we have the experience and knowledge to successfully navigate malpractice laws, retain and work with medical experts and try your case before a jury if necessary. Contact us today for a free consultation.