Miami Orthopedist Error Attorneys
Helping Victims of Orthopedist Errors Throughout the State of Florida
Treating orthopedic injuries and performing orthopedic surgery have inherent risks for patients. However, if doctors are careful and adhere to the standard of care accepted by other orthopedists/orthopedic surgeons, injuries that result when these risks materialize can usually be averted. By contrast, when orthopedic surgeons are negligent and make mistakes, their errors can cause life-changing, permanent damage.
At Boyers Law Group, our orthopedist malpractice attorneys have helped numerous patients throughout Florida who have been harmed by orthopedic surgeons’ errors. We have helped them take legal action to hold the orthopedic surgeon accountable for negligence and recover compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income and other losses related to their injuries.
If you or a family member has had orthopedic surgery and sustained an injury which you think was caused by your surgeon’s negligence, you may be able to file a Florida medical malpractice claim to hold the surgeon accountable and obtain the full, fair compensation you need and deserve. Please call our office at 800.545.9100 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website to get the understanding, experienced legal help you need at this difficult time.
What is Orthopedist Malpractice in Florida?
Orthopedic surgery typically involves procedures that require concentration and precision from the surgeon and surgical team. As is the case with all Florida healthcare providers, orthopedic surgeons are expected to provide a reasonable standard of care in line with what other orthopedic surgeons would provide when faced with similar circumstances.
In addition to medical malpractice that takes place in the context of surgery, orthopedists can commit malpractice when they fail to properly and timely diagnose and treat orthopedic injuries to bones, muscles and nerves.
If an orthopedic surgeon fails to provide the level of care accepted as standard by other reasonably prudent orthopedic surgeons and that failure leads to your being injured, Florida medical malpractice law gives you the right to sue for damages. Those damages can be both economic, as in medical expenses and lost income, and non-economic, as in pain, suffering, mental anguish, your family’s loss of companionship and guidance and other damages recoverable under Florida law.
What Kinds of Orthopedic Surgeon Malpractice Occur in Florida?
Orthopedic surgeon malpractice can lead to serious, life-threatening and even fatal injuries, such as nerve damage, spine and back damage, blood clots, joint problems, blood vessel damage, infection, motor function impairment, and paralysis. Unsuccessful or improper surgeries can necessitate additional surgical procedures, extensive medical treatments and long-term rehabilitation.
In our many years as trial attorneys, we have represented numerous clients in Miami, and throughout Florida, who have been harmed by orthopedic surgeon malpractice. We have seen serious injuries occur due to many different types of medical mistakes and negligence, including:
- Failure to diagnose or a harmful delay in diagnosing and treating a fractured bone, tendon rupture or tear, cartilage or ligament tear, which can result in increased pain, suffering and even permanent disability. Patients with untreated fractures may inevitably require surgery to correct bone misalignment or other serious problems but, even then, the damage can be
- Improper treatment of fractures or broken bones, which can exacerbate injuries and cause increased pain, suffering, mobility problems and possibly permanent disability. The improper treatment may also necessitate surgery and prolonged treatment.
- Failure to monitor and properly treat an orthopedic patient before or after surgery for signs and symptoms of an infection that results in permanent damage or death to soft tissues, nerves or bones that become infected. When bone becomes infected this is known as osteomyelitis, which can be very difficult to treat and can result in a severe permanent disability.
- Negligently failing to timely diagnose and treat osteomyelitis is, itself, an all too common and very serious form of orthopedic medical malpractice.
- Incorrect placement of orthopedic hardware to repair bone fractures or treat spinal injury or disease, which can cause debilitating bone or nerve damage. Permanent impairment can occur from intraoperative nerve injury.
- Failure to diagnose nerve compression or impingement from hardware placement in surgery, from an orthopedic injury, or due to a preexisting orthopedic or medical condition that is not properly diagnosed and treated. These can include a spinal infection materializing in the form of discitis (infection of the spinal discs, a phlegmon (inflammation in soft tissue producing pus), or an epidural abscess, or compression due to a herniated disc or neural foraminal stenosis)), which can result in severe nerve damage and paralysis.
- Failing to properly monitor and treat an orthopedic patient both before and after surgery for signs of a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg, typically starting in the calf), that can result in the negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.
- Failure to obtain proper medical clearance from a primary care physician or cardiologist for a patient with preexisting medical conditions before performing elective orthopedic surgery that results in heart attacks, strokes or cardiopulmonary arrest and, possibly, death.
- Negligently failing to properly monitor a patient during surgery, along with the anesthesiologist, for dangers changes in vital signs resulting in hypoxic or anoxic brain damage.
- Applying a cast too tightly or failing to properly manage post-injury or post-operative swelling, which can lead to compartment syndrome, a condition where circulation of blood is cut off to an extremity. A gangrenous condition and tissue death can occur, which, if untreated or not timely treated, can lead to a limb’s permanent loss of function or can even necessitate amputation of a limb.
Certainly, other orthopedist errors and negligence also occur, including those found in all types of surgical errors malpractice cases, such as operating on the wrong part of the body; leaving surgical instruments, sponges, gauze or towels in the patient; or failing to recognize and treat post-surgical problems. These errors and others can be life-threatening and cause permanent damage.
What Compensation Is Available for People Injured by Orthopedist Malpractice in Florida?
If you or a family member has been injured by orthopedist malpractice, the medical malpractice attorneys of Boyers Law Group can help you achieve the justice and financial compensation you need. A Florida medical malpractice claim can hold your orthopedic surgeon and other healthcare providers accountable for their errors and give you the financial compensation your family deserves for the damages you have suffered. These damages may include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, stress and anxiety
- Diminished capacity to enjoy life
- Disability and physical impairment
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity
- Your family’s loss of your services, companionship, guidance and assistance
- Existing and future medical and care expenses
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
After we know the circumstances surrounding your injury and subsequent damages, the Miami medical malpractice attorneys from Boyers Law Group can advise you on your best course of action and help to obtain all the compensation and support to which you are entitled.
Experienced Miami Medical Malpractice Attorneys Committed to Helping People Injured by Orthopedist Errors
At Boyers Law Group, we believe that doctors and other health care providers should be held accountable for the injuries their negligent errors cause. If you or a family member has suffered because an orthopedic surgeon or other healthcare provider was negligent in providing care, an experienced Boyers Law Group medical malpractice attorney with years of success in litigating, trying and also achieving substantial settlements in medical malpractice cases will help you seek and obtain justice.
Medical malpractice cases can be very complicated. They require lengthy investigations, a complete understanding of the facts, attention to detail, top quality expert medical testimony and thorough use of the civil discovery process. Our experienced medical malpractice team will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice. We take detailed, rigorous depositions, examine surgical plans and medical records, and work with top medical experts to prove the surgeon breached his or her duty of care and that this breach resulted in damages to you and your loved ones.
Please call us at 800.545.9100 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website to get expert advice from an experienced Miami medical malpractice attorney. We will put our experience, knowledge, skill and resources to work for you, fighting vigorously to hold the orthopedist accountable for negligence and to obtain the substantial compensation you deserve.