When orthopedic surgeons do their job well, they have the ability to transform people’s lives in extremely positive ways. When these doctors make mistakes, however, they can leave their patients with serious and long-term injuries. If you believe an injury was caused by your orthopedic surgeon’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. At The Arfaa Law Group, our reputable and hard-working Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys understand the nuances of this area of law and can put our knowledge to use in your case.Seeking Compensation for Injuries Resulting from Orthopedic Errors
An orthopedic surgeon is a specialist who has been trained to identify, diagnose, operate and administer postoperative treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system (i.e., bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves). Orthopedic surgeons can help victims with injuries caused by sports injuries, car accidents, tumors, degenerative diseases, as well as other causes of physical trauma. Orthopedic surgeon malpractice can arise in a variety of ways including:
- An incorrect, missed or delayed diagnosis;
- Improper treatment of a fracture;
- Misinterpretation of CT scans, x-rays or MRIs;
- Improperly setting a broken bone;
- Operating on the wrong part of the body;
- Failing to recognize post-surgical problems;
- Leaving surgical instruments inside the patient.
If you have suffered a serious injury due to an orthopedic surgeon’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Orthopedic surgeons are expected to adhere to a certain standard of care. Surgeons who fail to meet the accepted standard of care and cause harm to a patient may be liable for the patient’s resulting harm. The accepted standard of care refers to a physician’s obligation to act how a reasonably prudent physician in the same specialty would act in the same or similar situation.
A victim of medical malpractice in Maryland can typically receive both economic and non-economic damages. A plaintiff may be able to recover compensation for the following: current and future medical expenses (i.e., hospital bills, medication costs, surgery costs, etc.); therapy; current and future lost wages; pain and suffering; disability; disfigurement; loss of limb function; and any other costs arising from the malpractice.
In Maryland, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within a certain time frame known as the statute of limitations. Typically, a patient has five years from the date of the injury or three years from when the injury was discovered, whichever is earlier, to file a case in civil court. Failure to file within this time frame could mean losing your right to sue altogether.Reach out to a Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Baltimore
If you have been hurt by an orthopedic surgeon’s negligence, you may be able to take legal action against the at-fault party. At The Arfaa Law Group, our diligent Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys have the skill, experience and know-how to handle your case. With years of experience, we understand the nuances of medical malpractice law so you can trust that you are in good hands. Please note that we proudly take on clients from Columbia, Glen Burnie, Ellicott City, Dundalk, Towson, and Woodlawn. To discuss your case in more detail, please feel free to call us at 410-889-1850 or contacting us online.