According to statistics, 2,068,349 patients suffered a traumatic injury in 2006, and roughly 47% of these sustained an orthopedic injury. According to sub-specialized orthopedic traumatologists, 25.7% of all trauma patients need an orthopedic traumatologist, while general orthopedists stated that 13.5% of all patients suffering from trauma require an orthopedic traumatologist.
Additionally, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 1 in 4 people in the US has a musculoskeletal impairment. Musculoskeletal disorders cost the country nearly $850 billion each year.
Common Orthopedic Injuries
Orthopedic doctors and surgeons in New York and other places take care of injuries related to muscles, bones, tendons, nerves and ligaments throughout the body. They also conduct implant surgeries, diagnosing and operating on hip replacements, bone fractures, nerve damage and muscle tears. Given the orthopedic specialty’s scope, mistakes are bound to occur.
Although human errors cannot be entirely ruled out, patients in most of these cases tend to suffer and are not responsible for these injuries, which can lead to financial loss, debilitating pain and suffering, and even wrongful death.
Some of the common injuries caused by orthopedic doctors and surgeons include the following:
- Loss of a limb
- Complications arising from any arthroscopic surgery
- Complications arising from knee surgery
- Blood clot development before or after surgery. In case the clot travels to the brain or lungs, it can be fatal.
- Complications that arise from hip or knee replacement
- Injury to the blood vessel during surgery
- Damage to the nerve vessel
- Failure to diagnose and properly treat arm or wrist fractures resulting in serious injury
- Failure to provide proper treatment for a neck fracture, leading to serious injury
- Failure to provide proper treatment for a spine fracture, resulting in serious injury, paraplegia or paralysis
- Failure to provide proper treatment for a hip fracture, resulting in the need for hip replacement or serious injury
- Failure to diagnose a fracture due to failure to order or misreading an x-ray
- Failure to fit appropriate plates and screws in a patient
- Failure to provide proper treatment for pain or inflammation as a result of the treatment or healing process
- Injuries related to anesthesia
- Sepsis or infection
- Decrease in mobility
Seeking Compensation for Orthopedic Negligence
Proving medical malpractice in an orthopedic or any other medical case is difficult. This is due to the fact that medical professionals enjoy legal advantages when they defend themselves in court. If you can prove a breach of proper medical care, you can receive compensatory damages that sums up to the value a jury puts on your future medical costs, time off work, pain and suffering, loss of opportunities and loss of life.
Get Legal Help in New York for Orthopedic Malpractice
If you or a loved one has been injured due to orthopedic negligence, you need to call up the medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. Yelling at the medical staff will do you no good! Calling out for the doctor is futile.
You need to call up RMFW Law. This is a legal matter now. You have been put in a corner and the only way out is a legal one. If you want to be paid for your pain and suffering which we know you are going through and your lost time at work, you need us on your side. We know these cases are complex but we have the medical expert/s that will back you up and support your case if your story is viable.
Call RMFW Law today! The first evaluation, the first meeting is free!