Fighting for Justice in Orthopedic Malpractice Cases

Attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm are aware of the injury-causing capacity of negligent orthopedic doctors and orthopedic surgeons in Florida. The law firm has a dedicated team of outstanding and seasoned Florida orthopedic malpractice lawyers and medical investigators that works relentlessly in the pursuit of compensation and justice for injured victims and their loved ones. 

Common Injuries Occurring in Orthopedic Malpractice Cases in Florida

Orthopedic doctors and surgeons are provided with specialized training for treating musculoskeletal conditions. Any negligence or error made in diagnosing or treating muscle and skeletal conditions can have catastrophic consequences for a patient for several years to come. These are a few types of injuries that typically qualify for an orthopedic malpractice case in Florida:

  • Aggravated pain from improper orthopedic treatment
  • ACL reconstruction errors
  • Bones that fail to heal well because of incorrect setting
  • Amputation as a result of improper cast application
  • Hip or knee replacement errors
  • Damaged nerves
  • Orthopedic conditions allowed to progress because of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or non-diagnosis
  • Misreading MRIs, x-rays, and CT scans
  • Loss of limb
  • Medical complications from treatment
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Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice in Florida

You may need orthopedic surgery if you suffer from an ailment affecting your bones, ligaments, joints, and tendons. This is to repair the affected body part and ease pain. Orthopedic surgery is often required in patients involved in contact sports or those that regularly engage in weightlifting, running, jogging, and other physical activities.

Employees whose job profile requires them to climb ladders or lift heavy loads on a regular basis are at a higher risk of injuries requiring orthopedic surgery. In addition, certain viral diseases and genetic disorders may result in a deterioration of joints, ligaments, and surrounding tissue. This may require surgery to restore mobility in the affected part as well.

You may require treatment from a Florida orthopedic surgeon in the following cases:

  • Tumors or bone cysts
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Club foot, bowed legs, or knock knees
  • Ligament and tendon damage
  • Torn ACLs in the knee
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Hammertoes or bunions
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractured or dislocated bones
  • Spine disorders and injuries, such as scoliosis, sciatica, and ruptured discs

Orthopedic surgical procedures are often lengthy, complex, and highly invasive. It requires the attending surgeon to employ high standards of care, professionalism, and skill. Deviation from the medical code of ethics can quickly result in long-lasting harm. These are a few types of orthopedic surgeon negligence warranting an orthopedic malpractice claim in Florida:

  • Failure to diagnose a health issue or delay in diagnosis
  • Operating on the wrong body part
  • Leaving surgical instruments, sponges, and other tools in the body
  • Operating in unsanitary or unsafe conditions
  • Incorrectly setting a broken bone
  • Improper treatment for fractures
  • Misinterpreting the results of MRI scans, CT scans, and x-rays
  • Failure to address or recognize post-surgical infections, pain, and cause of poor healing
  • Placing the orthopedic device incorrectly, such as upside down or backward
  • Applying a cast tightly that results in decreased blood flow
  • Complications from knee or hip replacement
  • Nerve vessel damage
  • Infection or sepsis
  • Decreased mobility

Patients may suffer fatal blood clots, nerve damage, life-threatening infections, and loss of mobility in their hands, shoulders, legs, and hips because of orthopedic surgeon negligence. 

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Orthopedic Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Florida

The statute of limitations allows victims of orthopedic malpractice to file a claim within two years from the date of injury or the date the injury should have been reasonably discovered. Victims may get up to four years to file the claim in exceptional cases. Furthermore, it’s never advised to delay taking the necessary steps for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Orthopedic malpractice claims can get highly complex, requiring intricate knowledge of the specialized medical field as well as the law. It’s prudent to work with an attorney that has expert medical specialists on their team to understand your injuries and tie it to negligence, irresponsibility, and carelessness on the part of the doctor or their team. 

Damages Recoverable Through Orthopedic Malpractice Lawsuits in Florida

The type of damages you can seek depends on the individual circumstances surrounding your claim but may include:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Permanent disabilities and impairments
  • Decreased loss of enjoyment of life and quality of life
  • Diminished earning potential
  • Ongoing expenses related to medical, personal, and nursing care
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Our Trusted Orthopedic Malpractice Lawyers Can Offer You the Best Legal Advice and Support

If you or someone you love has suffered orthopedic injuries because of the negligence of the orthopedic doctor, specialist, surgeon, and/or medical facility, you can receive robust legal representation from the dedicated and competent attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm.

Our informed and knowledgeable orthopedic malpractice legal team, who has been around almost every legal corner imaginable, much to the satisfaction of our clients, works hard to obtain maximum compensation for the victims that suffered injuries and family members that lost a loved one to orthopedist negligence.

To request your free, no-obligation consultation, call us at 877-445-7675 or complete this online form.

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