What Surgical Complications Might Result In A Podiatric Malpractice Case?


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The health of our feet is critical. They take us from one place to another. So, when they cause you pain, seeking help to resolve the problem is essential. Many foot, ankle, and toe issues can be resolved with non-invasive methods, but some require surgical intervention. Podiatrists specialize in foot surgery and are specifically trained to address conditions affecting the toes, feet, and ankles. Unfortunately, even with extensive training, podiatrists may occasionally make mistakes that lead to injury or illness. When that happens, the results can devastate patients and their families. It may also justify pursuing a medical malpractice claim against the podiatrist.

What Are The Causes Of Foot Surgery Malpractice?

Like other medical professionals, podiatrists sometimes make mistakes. Some of the most common ways they commit malpractice before, during, or after foot or ankle surgery include:

Performing Unnecessary Surgery

Podiatrists often face malpractice claims related to unnecessary and harmful surgeries. While they may excel in dealing with foot, ankle, and toe pain, the complexities of bones and ligaments can complicate diagnosis. This complexity sometimes leads to multiple surgeries to pinpoint and resolve the issue. However, if a podiatrist hastily suggests surgery without exploring less invasive options like cortisone injections, braces, boots, or custom shoes or insoles, it could be considered medical malpractice.

Making Surgical Mistakes

Making errors during foot surgery is also a common cause of podiatric malpractice cases. These errors include technical mistakes such as poor technique, leaving foreign objects behind, performing the wrong surgery on the wrong site or patient, or having equipment or other technical issues. These mistakes are often rooted in insufficient training, misdiagnoses, or other failures.

Being Negligent Post-Surgery

Like all surgeons, podiatrists may face liability for postoperative complications due to inadequate follow-up care. Post-surgery medical care is crucial for the patient’s well-being and the procedure’s success, but it is also an area where complications can occur. Post-surgery issues such as infections, nerve damage, and ongoing pain are frequent, particularly in foot surgeries. However, if any complications result from negligent postoperative care, the podiatrist may be held responsible.

How Does Foot And Ankle Surgery Malpractice Affect Patients’ Lives?

Your feet are often overlooked until they cause pain. Foot problems can hinder walking or running and impact your overall mobility. Foot pain may lead to sleep problems, limitations in daily activities, and even problems concentrating at work. If you enjoy active pursuits like walking, running, hiking, or sports, dealing with podiatric issues due to malpractice can be especially challenging.

Podiatric malpractice doesn’t just affect your quality of life but also results in financial losses. If you must be on your feet for work, malpractice can render you unable to perform your job duties, leading to lost wages. Additionally, permanent disability (including amputation) from podiatric malpractice jeopardizes not only your current earnings but also your future earning potential.

How Do You Prove Podiatrist Malpractice?

To successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim against a podiatrist, your attorney must establish several key elements:

  • Establish the standard of care. This is often accomplished through expert testimony, which outlines what a reasonable podiatrist would have done under similar circumstances.
  • Demonstrate a violation of the standard of care. Expert testimony, typically provided by a podiatrist or someone with relevant clinical or teaching experience, is commonly used to show that the standard of care was not followed.
  • Establish causation. Your lawyer must prove that the surgeon’s violation of the accepted standard of care caused your injuries and that you suffered damages as a result.

It’s common for the podiatrist to dispute their role in causing harm or the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. Hiring an experienced medical malpractice lawyer will help counter such arguments effectively.

Find An Experienced Foot Surgery Malpractice Lawyer in Pennsylvania

Foot injuries can cause unbearable pain and disability and reduce your quality of life. If you sustained an injury due to the medical malpractice of your podiatrist in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, including for your pain and suffering. The experienced foot surgery malpractice lawyers at Ross Feller Casey can help you with your claim.

At Ross Feller Casey, we have doctors on our team to evaluate medical records and determine whether and where negligence occurred in your case. Our attorneys have a proven history of winning cases like yours, both in the courtroom and through multimillion-dollar settlements. Call to schedule your free consultation today. Don’t delay. Your time to file a lawsuit may be running out.

Our foot surgery malpractice cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay a cent until you receive a financial recovery.

About the Author

Daniel McGrath focuses his practice on representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical malpractice, hospital negligence and defective products.

Daniel McGrath

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