Orthopedists are known for helping heal and treat injuries to the skeleton system, as well as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons attached to the bones. Orthopedic surgeons do so by performing surgeries on a patient to heal the damage performed. Unfortunately, some surgeries performed do not go as planned and can result in very serious complications, injuries, and pain and suffering. This can be caused by medical malpractice and result in compensation for the victim.
There are many different types of orthopedic malpractice cases. Some of the common and very major types include the following:
Botched Hip Replacements – A hip replacement is a very serious procedure and can completely alter a patient’s life, life expectancy, and quality of living. A hip replacement is rarely permanent, and will usually end up needing a revision or another hip replacement in approximately 20 years. This means that a surgeon needs to be particularly care when he or she is performing a hip replacement to ensure that the patient is a proper candidate. Performing surgery too early is a type of medical malpractice. Additionally, a surgeon needs to use particular care to extend the life of the hip replacement for as long as possible by aptly putting it in and ensuring that the patient has the best possible chance at success.
Improper Shoulder Replacements – The shoulder is one of, if not the most, complex joint in the human body. This means that a lot of care needs to be undertaken when performing any shoulder surgery, especially a shoulder replacement. A shoulder replacement which is done improperly can completely limit a person from using his or her arm, as well as his or her hand. Botched shoulder replacements can also result in permanent and debilitating nerve damage which can affect the motor nerves controlling movement in the arm.
Negligent Spine Surgeries – It goes without saying that the spine is a very important structure in the human body. It both gives our body the upright support it needs, and the spine really supports the entire body—all extremities, organs, and the head are connected or supported by the spine. The spine also protects the spinal cord, which is the main highway to send signals from your body to your brain such as pain, pressure, temperature, and movement. The spine is incredibly important. This is why surgical mistakes to the spine caused by medical malpractice can result in horrific injury, including paralysis or even death.
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