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Oregon Orthopedic Medical Malpractice Lawyers - Bend/Portland, OR

One type of doctor is an orthopedist who specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries or diseases of the structural body.  This includes the bones, muscle, ligaments, tendons, and other structural tissues of your body which give you shape and allow you to move.  Orthopedists can treat and repair damage to the structural body, which include performing surgery or casting limbs.  Some severe injuries require a surgeon to add hardware to the body, such as plates, screws, rods, pins, and other objects to repair the damage and keep the bones together so the body can heal them.  Other injuries may require an orthopedist to cut away damaged tendons, muscle, or cartilage, and stitch back the damages ends so the body could begin the healing process.  Even though not orthopedic procedure is guaranteed, anytime a patient suffers a bad result, he or she should ask our Oregon orthopedic medical malpractice lawyers to review the case to determine if there was a preventable or negligent medical error by an orthopedist.

This is because, while most orthopedists are competent physicians and surgeons, orthopedic malpractice is one of the more common forms of Oregon medical malpractice.  This is due to the sheer volume of orthopedic interventions performed each year because broken bones, sprains or strains, torn tendons, and frayed muscles are some of the most common injuries and reasons why people will go to the doctor.  The difficulty with determine whether you have been the victim of orthopedic malpractice is because you are already injured when you go to the doctor and no medical procedure is guaranteed.  However, there are certain reasons why some bad results from orthopedic surgery could have been from reckless, careless, and negligent orthopedic care rather than the type of injury that you sustained.

Signs of Oregon Orthopedic Medical Malpractice

There are several common signs of orthopedic medical malpractice that you should be aware of to protect your rights.  While the presence of these signs does not always mean you have been the victim of orthopedic malpractice, the more signs you identify occurring in your case means the more likely you have been the victim of Oregon orthopedic medical malpractice.  The most common signs of orthopedic medical malpractice include the following:

  • You do not speak with the doctor after the surgery, or again in follow up care and it seems like the doctor is avoiding you.
  • You need a revision surgery quickly, sometimes within days or weeks, other times with a month.  Depending on the type of surgery, even within a year or two could be a sign of malpractice.
  • A second orthopedist is called in to perform another surgery or to re-cast your injury.
  • You develop an infection.
  • Your doctor tells you not to get a second opinion and only treat with him or her.
  • You are moved to the ICU after a routine procedure like repairing a broken bone, torn muscle, or ripped cartilage/meniscus.
  • You stay in the hospital longer than staff originally told you that you would be in the hospital.
  • You are given a 1-on-1 sitter that stays with you, including when you are with family or friends.
  • Your followup surgery care is with another doctor.
  • Many other suspicious causes.

Causes of Orthopedic Medical Malpractice

A patient harmed by orthopedic medical malpractice may be entitled to damages, or monetary compensation, for the injuries caused by a healthcare provider’s reckless, careless, and negligent mistakes during a procedure, surgery, or other treatment rendered to a patient.  There are many causes why a patient could be injured due to Oregon orthopedic medical malpractice.  Some of the most common reasons include the following:

  • Misreading tests or misinterpreting test results, including x-rays or MRIs;
  • Failing to diagnose a broken bone or torn tissue (like a tendon, muscle, meniscus);
  • Cortisone injection errors or other infection mistakes for pain management;
  • Wrong patient surgery or wrong site surgery;
  • Placing a cast on a limb too tight which causes damage to the nerves, vessels, muscles, or bone;
  • Performing unnecessary surgeries on a patient that is not a candidate, such as a hip replacement, shoulder replacement, or spinal fusion;
  • Infection, especially requiring a second or third surgery;
  • Foreign objects left inside of a patient, such as tools or towels; 
  • Surgical errors like cutting a nerve, blood vessel, or tissue by mistake (like muscle, tendons, ligaments, or other important tissue); and
  • Many other common causes.

Bend/Portland, Oregon Orthopedic Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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