A 51-year-old woman suffered a broken leg and was treated with customary rod and screws to properly stabilize the leg and allow the bones to heal. She suffered a break in both the fibula and tibia in her lower leg. An orthopedic surgeon performed surgery. After two weeks, a follow up x-ray revealed that the lowest screw had dislodged and the rod was no longer in place. She suffered as a bone fragment managed to pierce through her skin. New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers report that the woman underwent a reversionary surgery at that time.
After another month had passed, the woman was evaluated by another orthopedist and underwent yet a third surgery. At this time, an infection in the area was found at this time and she alleges that the physicians were to blame for her problems because they did not properly address the fractures. The experts stated that the surgery should have been followed by a cast and that the patient should have been advised to avoid weight-bearing activities. And, they also noted that the infection should have been found at the time of the second procedure.
New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers were faced with a defense that the woman was at fault for putting too much of a burden on the leg too soon along with the defenses suggestion that the patients healing was hindered by the adverse effects of cigarettes on bone and soft tissue. A jury trial returned a verdict in favor of the physicians and the patient’s counsel moved for a new trial.
The firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates and its New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers with convenient locations in the New York Metropolitan Area, including Coney Island, NY, can be of invaluable assistance to you if you find yourself a victim of medical malpractice. Enduring pain, disfigurement and financial anguish without professional representation is not the path you should choose.