Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice Lawyer
When you must undergo orthopedic surgery, it is in the hope of repairing or treating a skeletal condition for better health and well-being. Orthopedic surgeons specialize in treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including repairing bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles. When errors or negligence occurs during surgery, the patient can be put at serious health risks, even death. Like all physicians, orthopedic surgeons have a duty to provide reasonable care. If they fail and cause injury to their patients, they can be held liable for damages through medical malpractice claims.
Orthopedic surgery is often performed to repair the skeletal system. This could be after an accident causes a severe bone fracture that will not heal correctly with non-invasive methods, or to treat a degenerative condition like arthritis. It is expected that orthopedic surgeons will use their knowledge and skills to help improve the health of their patient. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some patients are victims of errors that occur during their surgery that can cost them mobility, function and even their life.
Injuries Caused by Orthopedic Surgery Errors
Like any surgery, orthopedic surgery comes with risks. Reactions to anesthesia, blood clots and other risks are possible. However, there are complications that occur that are outside of the normal risks, caused by errors or negligence. Some of these injuries can include:
- Damage to nerves causing limited mobility or paralysis
- Improper application of hardware when repairing bone fractures
- Wrong body part surgically altered or amputated
- Surgical items left inside the body
- Severe infections caused by poor post-operative care
- Cutting off circulation with a cast that is too tight
- Anesthesia errors – brain damage or even death can occur
If you have injuries resulting from errors made during an orthopedic surgery or you lost a loved one during surgery, contact our legal team at Race Law Firm. We can help assess your claim and give you advice on your options. You may be eligible to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income and other damages. Contact our Atlanta office today to schedule your free assessment.