Bone Fractures Are More Complicated Than You Might Think
Broken bones aren’t simple injuries. On the contrary, they can be highly complex. There are 206 bones in the adult human body, and hundreds more ligaments and tendons. As a result, a single injury might affect a vast web of interconnected bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and other tissues. To complicate things even more, there are multiple types of fractures, ranging from a paper-thin stress fracture to a complete shattering of the bone.
Why A Correct Diagnosis Is So Critical
One of the most important jobs of an orthopedic doctor or surgeon is to properly diagnose fractures. Unfortunately, they sometimes make mistakes. Perhaps your doctor failed to order an X-ray or misinterpreted the results.
These errors can deprive you of the treatment you need, resulting in serious complications. For example:
- Failure to diagnose a hip fracture can result in the need for a hip replacement
- Failure to diagnose a spinal cord fracture (or a fractured vertebra) can lead to permanent nerve damage and paralysis
- Failure to diagnose a fracture in the neck can lead to serious neurological injuries
- Failure to diagnose joint fractures can result in the need for joint replacement
What started out as a relatively treatable injury might turn into a nightmare, requiring multiple surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation period.
Get The Legal Help You Need From A Firm With Doctors And Nurses On Staff
If you have questions concerning the possibility of a misdiagnosis (or failure to diagnose) a bone fracture, contact the attorneys at Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates. We are here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Working with doctors and nurses on staff, our lawyers can determine if your injuries were compounded by negligence on the part of your doctor or surgeon. We understand the nature of these injuries and their treatment. As a result, we can provide the knowledgeable guidance you need during this difficult time.