An orthopedic expert witness has an integral role to play in ankle arthroscopy malpractices. Arthroscopy is a safe a procedure with good recovery rates. However, people do face complications because of the breach of the duty of care by the surgeon.
In arthroscopy, the chances of complications are less because this procedure doesn’t require big cuts or incisions. Also, patients can go back home on the same day of the surgery and there’s no need of staying back at hospital. Hence, it is a safe surgical method.
Ankle arthroscopy is recommended when you have painful conditions that doesn’t go away with non-surgical treatments. The surgeon inserts a tiny camera through small incisions. There’s a video monitor screen in which the images are seen.
There can be various ways by which a malpractice case can happen if:
- The surgeon may fail to diagnose the actual condition (misdiagnosis)
- The surgeon may fail to describe the pros and cons of the surgery
- The surgeon may fail to check the previous medical history of the patient
- There can be anesthesia side effects. Probably, the doctor might fail to ask the patient if they are allergic to anesthesia.
- The surgeon might leave foreign objects inside the patient’s body.
- The wrong organ is cut.
- The surgeon fails to keep the patient under observation.
All of this can result in medical malpractice case. Now, you may take a look at some of the serious complications that might occur in ankle arthroscopy.
- Blood clotting
- Neurological injury i.e. nerve damage
- Inflammation and pain (Inflammation is common after surgery; however it should reside within few days after taking antibiotics. If it doesn’t subside, check out with another doctor. It can be a case of malpractice).
- Ligament injury
- Tendon injury
- Intra-operative fracture
- Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy
If you face any of these complications, you should immediately get medical help. Once done, your next job should be to get in touch with a lawyer. It is only a lawyer and an orthopedic expert witness who can help get your compensation claims for all the injuries that you’ve sustained. Also, there is something called the statute of limitations. In California, the term is one year from the date when injury is discovered.
Role of expert witnesses:
Attorneys are laymen as they don’t have in-depth knowledge of the technical matters of medical malpractices. This is where an expert witness is retained. These experts are called upon to provide medico-legal guidance on the case. They’ll study the case and determine if there has been a malpractice case. Once proved, the attorney will file a lawsuit. Moreover, these witnesses are also called upon to calculate the monetary damages because they can better give an idea on what future treatments might be required.
If you want to exercise your legal right, it’s important to seek professional advice as soon as possible. Choose a reliable lawyer having knowledge in your case!