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Orthopedic Malpractice Archives

Was that amputation really necessary?

In prior centuries, a severe crushing injury or spreading infection in the limbs ended in either the patient's death or with the amputation of the mangled or diseased limb. Fortunately, modern medicine has advanced to the point where an affected limb may often be salvaged by a gifted orthopedic surgeon.

Is it difficult to prove orthopedic malpractice?

Any case involving medical negligence will have its own unique set of difficulties to overcome, and orthopedic malpractice is no exception. While courts do not purposely make it difficult for malpractice victims, they do require proof of negligence. If a simple accusation were enough to win a malpractice case, there would probably be a lot fewer doctors practicing in America.

Make sure you understand the risks of orthopedic procedures

Gaining the ability to repair broken bones internally was one of the most important advancements in the field of medicine. Without orthopedic surgery and other treatments, we would suffer from ongoing pain, deformity, amputation and death.

Spinal surgery malpractice statistics

The Spine Journal recently published a study that tracked medical malpractice cases involving spinal surgery between 2010 and 2014. Of the 103 lawsuits during that time frame that were listed in the WestlawNext databases, the following statistics were identified, with adjusted values for 2016 inflation: