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Orthopedic Malpractice

Orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating the bones, joints, and muscles essential for movement. When they are negligent in providing care or during treatment, serious complications and lifelong deformities can result. 

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to the negligence of an orthopedist, The Porter Law Group's experienced Syracuse orthopedic malpractice lawyers can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Syracuse Orthopedic Malpractice Attorneys

The skilled attorneys at the Porter Law Group have extensive experience in medical malpractice cases in Syracuse and the State of New York. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that orthopedic injuries can take on victims and their families. 

Our dedicated team is committed to holding negligent orthopedists accountable for their actions and securing the compensation our clients need to move forward with their lives. Contact us today at 833-PORTER9 or info@porterlawteam.com to schedule a free consultation.

What is Orthopedic Malpractice? 

Orthopedic malpractice is a type of medical malpractice that happens when an orthopedist fails to abide by the accepted standards of care for a patient, resulting in injury. Orthopedic medicine focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of injuries and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, which includes: 

  • Bones 
  • Joints 
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles

When an orthopedist fails to provide appropriate care, patients can suffer serious harm. 

Examples of orthopedic malpractice include:

  • Delaying necessary surgery, leading to worsened conditions
  • Performing unnecessary surgeries that result in complications
  • Failing to diagnose or properly treat infections
  • Inadequate monitoring for complications such as blood clots or fractures
  • Surgical errors, such as operating on the wrong body part

What are the Consequences of Orthopedic Malpractice?

The effects of orthopedic malpractice can be devastating for patients and their families. Victims may experience:

  • Chronic pain and limited mobility
  • Need for additional surgeries and medical treatment
  • Inability to work or engage in daily activities
  • Permanent disability or paralysis
  • Emotional distress and reduced quality of life
  • Significant financial burdens from medical expenses and lost income

If you or a loved one have suffered these or other consequences due to an orthopedist's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The Porter Law Group's Syracuse orthopedic malpractice attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options.

How Do You Prove an Orthopedic Malpractice Claim?

For a successful orthopedic malpractice claim, the following proof is needed:

  • A preponderance of evidence showing that a duty of care was owed to a patient;
  • That the orthopedist failed to abide by the accepted medical practices in treating the patient; and, 
  • That this departure from accepted standards resulted or contributed greatly to the patient’s injury.

It is not enough to merely show that you were injured. The orthopedist’s negligence in his professional duties must have been a significant factor or the proximate cause of your injury. You need to be able to prove that because of the orthopedist’s actions, or lack thereof, your chances of survival or chances of getting a more favorable outcome were diminished. 

For instance, a claim that your arm was needlessly amputated because of an orthopedist’s undue haste. This needs to be backed by evidence that the arm could have been saved in due time with the available tools and resources, and the orthopedist simply refused to extend the effort. 

Experienced Orthopedic Malpractice Lawyers in Syracuse

The Porter Law Group has recovered the following amounts for patients involved in orthopedic malpractice cases:

  • $1.6 million in a settlement for a 22-year-old woman who suffered severe orthopedic and nerve injuries due to physicians’ failure to make a timely diagnosis of her medical condition
  • $1.3 million in a settlement during trial for a 39-year-old woman who suffered a significant orthopedic injury during what should have been a routine surgery, which significantly impacted her daily activities and ability to earn a living. No money was offered by the insurance company until all proof was entered at trial and the jury began its deliberation process.
  • $850,000 in a settlement for a 41-year-old woman who suffered a lower extremity injury due to an orthopedic surgeon’s failure to make a timely diagnosis and treat a postoperative infection. 
  • $400,000 in a settlement for a woman who suffered an injury due to an orthopedic surgeon’s failure to make a timely diagnosis and treat an underlying condition.

At the Porter Law Group, we work with experts in the medical field. They can examine your medical records and tests, see if more should have been done to improve your condition, and testify on your behalf. 

Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have recovered millions of dollars* for victims of medical negligence in Syracuse and the State of New York. We stand ready to put our skills, experience, and resources towards bringing you and your family the answers and the financial compensation you deserve. 

Contact a Syracuse Orthopedic Malpractice Lawyer

Pursuing an orthopedic malpractice claim can be complex, requiring a thorough understanding of both medical standards and legal principles. At The Porter Law Group, we are dedicated to securing the maximum compensation possible for your injuries, including coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

If you suspect that you or a loved one have been the victim of orthopedic malpractice, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact The Porter Law Group today at 833-PORTER9 or info@porterlawteam.com to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our compassionate Syracuse orthopedic malpractice lawyers. 

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome

Last Updated on May 27, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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