What Should I Know About Orthopedic Malpractice Cases?

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The musculoskeletal system plays an important role in the human body. So when injuries occur, medical professionals must provide them with the proper care to heal. These injuries will just be exaggerated if such medical professionals act negligently. Continue reading to learn more about orthopedic malpractice cases and how an experienced New York City orthopedic injury malpractice attorney at Mark Bodner, P.C. can help you through yours.

What is an orthopedic injury?

First of all, an orthopedic injury occurs in the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, cartilage, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Such injuries are commonly caused by an external force, and they include the following:

  • Injuries to the shoulder:
    • A rotator cuff injury.
    • Tendonitis.
  • Injuries to the spine:
    • A slipped disc.
  • Injuries to the knee:
    • An anterior cruciate ligament injury.
    • A posterior cruciate ligament injury.
  • Injuries to the wrist:
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
    • Arthritis.
  • The deterioration of the spine:
    • A herniated disc.
    • Lumbar spinal stenosis.

What constitutes an orthopedic malpractice case?

If you have any of the above orthopedic injuries, you must seek treatment from a medical professional. As a patient, this medical professional holds a duty of care throughout your treatment process. But if they breach this duty of care in any way, by falling short of the medical standards established by their peers, then your orthopedic injury may just worsen. This sequence of events is unacceptable, and may just constitute a medical malpractice claim.

Specific examples that may dignify your orthopedic malpractice case include the following:

  • A medical professional failed to properly treat your injury (i.e., fracture(s), broken bone(s), or back pain).
  • A medical professional failed to properly place a cast upon a broken bone.
  • A medical professional failed to properly diagnose your arthritis.
  • A medical professional failed to conduct the appropriate surgery (i.e., joint replacement or hip replacement surgery).
  • A medical professional failed to notice faulty materials being used in your surgery (i.e., joint replacement or hip replacement surgery).

If your medical professional participates in any of the above negligent actions, you may incur some serious damages. For starters, you may lose your ability to move and function as you once did, leading to a compromised quality of life.

This is why we urge you to bring forward your medical malpractice claim as immediately as possible. Ideally, you should do so before New York’s statute of limitations approaches, which is generally 2.5 years from the date of your accident. For assistance in doing so, we recommend that you acquire legal services from a skilled New York medical malpractice attorney. We await your phone call.