HIP REPLACEMENT PROBLEM
Hip replacement surgery is an intensive orthopedic procedure that requires both pre-surgical and operative precision. Mistakes or errors by the surgeon may rise to the level of malpractice when the replacement fails or when the patient is caused significant injury and/or disability.
Frequently asked questions:
One question that we frequently get asked after the fact is whether patient actually needed the hip replacement surgery in the first place?
Unfortunately, there are times when more conservative measures would have been more appropriate than surgery. The most common reason to have a hip replacement is osteoarthritis, a condition in which the cartilage in joint breaks down or wears down over time. Worn down cartilage allows the bones to rub together, which is can be very painful. In a hip replacement surgery, the surgeon removes some or all of the worn out joint and replaces it with an artificial hip. These surgeries are often much more complicated when the need for the surgery is due to the trauma.
Another common questions is how do you prove negligence during your hip replacement surgery?
In order to make that determination, our lawyers will first meet with you and any friends or family members who have relevant information and then obtain a copy of your medical records relating to the surgery. Unless a qualified medical expert gives an opinion that the surgeon was negligent, our firm will not be able to proceed with a lawsuit against the surgeon.
Another question we frequently are asked is what actually constitutes negligence during a Hip Replacement Surgery?
There are a variety of mistakes that can be classified as negligence that can occur during a hip replacement surgery. These include the following.
- The Hip Replacement was not secured properly and as a result the patient suffers pain and/or leg length discrepancy.
- The Hip Replacement was improperly sized resulting in instability and pain.
- The Hip Replacement was improperly placed resulting in instability, dislocation and pain to the patient.
- Nerve laceration, partial or whole, during the surgery, specifically to the sciatic nerve, resulting in pain, foot drop and disability to the patient.
- Foreign body retention of a surgical pin, sponges or the like from the surgery resulting in infection and/or abscess formation and pain and additional surgeries for the patient.
Once we finish our initial review and consult with other experienced orthopedic surgeons, we will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the potential claim and make a decision as to whether we believe a case can successfully be pursued. We do all of this to make sure we understand all aspects of your potential claim. This includes determining why the surgeon made the decision to recommend and perform the surgery, and then to determining whether the surgeon breached the standard of care.
If you have suffered injuries during a hip replacement surgery, call us at 601-957-3101 or contact us online to set up a free case evaluation. We are here to assist you in your recovery and will fight to procure a substantial settlement or jury verdict for your injuries.