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Failure to Diagnose Orthopedic Problems

By Norman Younker on February 26, 2013


Utah Orthopedic ComplicationsMost surgeons, physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals perform their duties with competence and integrity, providing patients with care of a reasonable standard at minimum. Unfortunately, there are also medical professionals who, for whatever reason, fall below that standard. When this occurs, and patients are injured or killed as a result, these healthcare providers can be held liable for damages.

The Utah medical malpractice attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC have extensive experience and an impressive record of success in handling the full variety of negligence cases involving healthcare professionals, including those arising from orthopedic complications. Our skilled attorneys aggressively represent the interests of injured victims and their families, working toward favorable settlements and fearlessly trying cases to verdict when necessary.

Although we are fortunate to have some of the finest medical institutions in the world right here in Utah, orthopedic complications do occur. Such injuries can permanently compromise the quality of life for victims and their families, creating financial, emotional, and physical hardships that can be overwhelming. If you or a member of your family has suffered such an injury, you should not have to bear the consequences on your own. Contact the Utah personal injury law firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC today for an evaluation of your potential medical malpractice claim.

Failure to Diagnose

The most common type of medical malpractice case involving orthopedic complications arises from the failure to provide timely diagnosis and treatment. When bone fractures and severed ligaments and tendons are not properly diagnosed, a once-treatable condition can become progressively worse, to the point that permanent and painful damage occurs. Patients can lose partial or full motion in their fingers, hands, feet, knees, and other areas of the body, depending on the location of the injury. Too often, these injuries go undiagnosed because a physician becomes dismissive of patient complaints, mistakenly classifying a potentially major injury as a minor one. More often than not, patients trust these doctors and fail to seek a second opinion. Time is of the essence when it comes to treating injuries of the bones, ligaments, and tendons. Every day that pressure is placed on these injured parts, the more severe the damage will become.

At the law firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC in Utah, medical negligence settlements can often be reached before an orthopedic complications claim proceeds to trial. However, our attorneys will always try a case to verdict when it is in the best interests of our clients.

Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice

Orthopedic complications can also result from errors committed during surgery. Common orthopedic injuries resulting from surgical mistakes include thrombosis, bone fractures, nerve damage, infections that lead to necessary amputation of a limb, and pulmonary embolism. Sometimes surgeons perform orthopedic surgery on the wrong limb. The attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC build the strongest cases possible on behalf of victims and their families, making sure that surgeons and their teams are held responsible for their surgical mistakes.

If you or someone you love has suffered orthopedic complications as a result of medical malpractice, we urge you to contact our Utah medical negligence attorneys today.

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