When we have surgery we expect that the procedure will resolve our medical problem, not cause injury. Yet, that is exactly what happened to a man who underwent surgical procedures as a minor. The man, who is now an adult, had surgery to correct a discrepancy in the limb length of his right leg. The procedure allegedly left him with limited range of movement and permanent disability. The man filed a lawsuit in Cook County, alleging medical malpractice.
Limb Length Discrepancy
Normally, both of a person’s legs are approximately the same length. However, in some cases, the legs may be different lengths. There are a number of reasons this can occur. The child may have had a birth defect, suffered an infection, or had a serious accident or injury. When one limb grows to a longer length than the other, it can present problems walking, can put a strain on the hips, and may damage the spine. In many cases, limb length discrepancy is resolved with surgery.
Surgery for Limb Length Discrepancy
Surgery may be an option for some children who suffer from limb length discrepancy. The surgery typically employs the use of medical implants to correct the limb length. In this case, the man underwent this type of surgery while he was still a minor. According to the lawsuit, the surgical procedure failed and the medical implant caused serious and permanent harm. The man claims that the doctor failed to properly evaluate his condition, and did not provide the proper treatment. Additionally, the lawsuit also indicates that Orthofix International, the manufacturer and distributor of the implant, did not properly warn patients of the potential for harm it could cause.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional fails to provide proper care for a patient, and the patient is injured as a result. The doctor may fail to do something, or may do something wrong, harming the patient. For example, the failure to diagnose a medical problem could be considered medical malpractice if the patient’s condition subsequently worsened. Doctors are held to a high standard of care, meaning that they are expected to know that improper care could cause serious harm or death to a patient. In this case, the lawsuit alleges that the doctor was negligent because he provided improper treatment for the injury.
Through the years, many types of medical implants have experienced problems. Some of the issues require patients to get additional surgery to replace a defective implant, while other times, the implant may cause damage to the patient. In this situation, the implant apparently harmed the man, causing serious injury that has now limited his range of motion. He is unable to move his leg properly, which may be considered a permanent disability. In cases such as this one, the patient may seek to recover damages from the doctor as well as from the manufacturer of the medical implant. Damages may include such things as the costs of medical treatment, money for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional trauma.
If you or a family member was serious injured due to the negligence of a doctor, contact the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a consultation to discuss your case.
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