Orthopedic malpractice covers a broad area of cases. To give you a better understanding of what orthopedic malpractice may look like, our team at Tennessee Accident Law has compiled an overview of the different types of orthopedic malpractice.
Misdiagnosis and/or Delayed Diagnosis
Diagnostic errors are serious because they can result in a delay in treatment or even cause you to receive unnecessary treatment. either way, this can cause your condition to worsen and lead to additional pain and suffering. Diagnostic errors are especially concerning when it comes to cancer because early detection is key to successful treatment.
As someone who has dealt with misdiagnosis cases before, I know how frustrating and scary it can be. You don’t have to be your advocate and make sure you get the testing and specialist referrals you need. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion if you’re not sure about your diagnosis. And always follow up with your doctor to make sure they are ordering the right tests and taking your symptoms seriously. Diagnostic errors are preventable, but it takes all of us to be vigilant about our health care.
Orthopedic Surgical Errors
When you go under the knife, you’re trusting the surgeon to have the skill and experience necessary to get you through the surgery safely. Unfortunately, even the most qualified surgeons can make mistakes.
Surgical errors range from relatively minor complications to life-threatening injuries, and they can occur during any type of operation. In some cases, the error may be due to a sudden change in the patient’s condition that the surgeon was not prepared for.
In other cases, it may be due to simple human error. Whatever the cause, surgical errors can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured by a surgical error, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
Failure to Obtain Informed Consent in Orthopedic Procedures and Treatment
The third type of orthopedic malpractice our firm sees often is failure to obtain informed consent. Informed consent means that you as the patient understand the risks and benefits of a proposed surgical procedure or treatment plan and agree to proceed with it. If your doctor does not obtain informed consent before performing surgery or starting treatment, he or she could be liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
This is a serious issue and one that we take very seriously. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, we urge you to contact our office immediately. We will review your case, free of charge, and determine if you have a valid claim. If we do take your case, we will fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve.
Failure in Orthopedic Devices
In today’s day and age, there are all types of different orthopedic devices that people rely on to help them get through their day-to-day lives. From prosthetics to joint replacements, these devices play a vital role in the lives of many individuals.
However, sometimes these devices can fail prematurely due to defects or poor implantation procedures. If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective orthopedic device, it is important to know that you may have options available to you.
You may be able to file a products liability claim against the manufacturer in addition to pursuing a medical malpractice claim against your surgeon. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your family.
Understanding the different types of orthopedic malpractice can help you know what to look for if you think you’ve been the victim of medical negligence. If you have any questions about whether your injuries were caused by medical negligence, we encourage you to reach out to our office for a free consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.