Foot surgery should be considered routine because it is performed every day all across the country with few problems. However, sometimes a mistake is made that causes the patient extreme pain and the need for further medical treatment. In one recent case a man states that his podiatrists performed surgery improperly and he had to undergo additional surgery. The man filed a lawsuit against two podiatrists seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Foot Surgery Gone Wrong
Foot surgery is typically done to correct problems with the bones in the feet. It may be also be necessary when there is a broken bone or fracture. The man in this case underwent foot surgery; however, after the surgery he experienced a great deal of pain and discomfort. The man required additional surgery to resolve the problem. During the second surgery it was discovered that the wrong sized screw was used on a bone in his foot. This is what caused the pain and improper healing of the area.
The Use of Screws
When a bone is broken it must be held in place during the healing process. The bones will fuse together over time. During the healing process the bones must remain stationary. The best way to accomplish this is through the use of screws. Screws used in foot surgery are similar to those you find at the store, although they are much smaller in size. Screws are made of surgical steel and are safe for use inside of the body. Screws are often left in place after healing is complete, but they can be removed if they become loose or if the area becomes sore or uncomfortable.
If a medical professional makes a mistake or fails to properly treat a patient his actions may be negligent. The doctor is responsible for ensuring the health of his patients and is expected to provide a high level of care at all times. In this situation, the doctors failed to use the proper size medical device. It caused significant pain and the need for corrective surgery. Upon further investigation it became evident that the screw used in the initial procedure was if an incorrect size and therefore it was not working as it should.
There are many costs associated with additional care after a medical mistake was made. The patient may suffer physically until the problem is properly diagnosed and treated. This additional care along with the costs of rehabilitation and lost wages should be paid for by the responsible doctor. An attorney will assist in determining what options are available to you. Be sure to keep all related documentation regarding your original treatment as well as the subsequent care required to correct the problem. You may be owed money for medical bills and for pain and suffering, among other damages. If you were injured because of the mistake of a doctor, call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti for a consultation today.