When an orthopedic surgeon makes an error on a patient, that patient's life can be turned upside down. Catastrophic injuries can result from the slip of a scalpel -- or a misdiagnosis.
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.
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.
Rhabdomyolysis, or muscle death, isn't a term you hear that often -- although it probably occurs more often than you realize.
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:
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