CRPS after Knee Replacement Surgery – File a Lawsuit
Did you develop CRPS after a knee replacement surgery? If so, your CRPS might be directly associated with the negligent actions of a medical professional. Unfortunately, CRPS can result from medical malpractice; an issue during a knee replacement surgery could lead to a nerve injury, which could cause CRPS. If you suddenly found yourself dealing with chronic pain after your knee surgery, your surgeon might be to blame.
In fact, you might have grounds to hold your surgeon accountable for the harm that you suffered. Could you sue your surgeon for the CRPS you developed after your knee replacement surgery? Depending on the details surrounding your situation, you might have grounds to sue. You should seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
If you are in need of legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group at your earliest convenience. The experts at our law firm have many years of experience handling all sorts of claims including medical malpractice claims and CRPS claims. Our experts are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to hold the liable party or entity accountable for the harm that you suffered.
What is CRPS?
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition – affected parties suffer chronic pain which can be both debilitating and disabling. There are two different categories of CRPS – CRPS Type I and CRPS Type II. The main difference between the two types of CRPS is that Type I typically occurs after soft tissue injuries (strain, sprains, burns, and fractures) and minor nerve injuries while Type II only occurs after major nerve injuries. CRPS most often affects the limb; although, it can affect any part of the body. In general, CRPS can start in one specific area and spread; this, without a doubt, increases the pain that affected parties experience. CRPS can cause either constant or intermittent pain. It specifically affects the bones, joints, muscles, and the skin. The pain caused by CRPS can be so severe that quality of life is drastically affected; affected parties might be unable to do even simple things because of their chronic pain.
CRPS after Knee Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures; it also has one of the highest success rates. The procedure is necessary when the knee joint has worn out (commonly associated with arthritis). The procedure typically consists of the worn-out cartilage being removed, the ends of the bones are shaped, a metal implant is placed, and a plastic spacer is placed to ensure the smooth (and pain-free) movement of the joint. Unfortunately, there is a risk that something can go wrong during the surgery – specifically, there could be some nerve damage which could lead to the development of CRPS.
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Understanding Medical Malpractice
All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care – they must exercise care, skill, and diligence when in regard to their patients. If a surgeon makes a mistake during surgery, he or she has effectively breached this duty of care, potentially harming patients. If the harm that a patient suffered was a direct result of a breached duty of care, the medical professional could be liable for the harm suffered. Can I sue? If you were a victim of medical malpractice, you might have grounds to sue – and it is essential that you seek legal assistance immediately.
Can I Sue?
As mentioned above, medical professionals could be liable for the harm resulting from medical malpractice. Can you sue for CRPS after knee replacement surgery? Can you file a total knee replacement surgery lawsuit? If the harm that you suffered was a direct result of medical malpractice, you will likely have grounds to sue. Do I have a case if my surgeon contributed to my CPS? Can I sue my surgeon if I have chronic pain? If you would like to learn more about your right to sue for the CRPS that you developed after a total knee replacement surgery, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible.
You Could Sue and Recover Compensation
Depending on the details surrounding your situation, you could sue – you might even be eligible to recover monetary compensation. How much compensation could you be eligible to receive? What type of compensation could you recover? The answers to these questions will always be based on the specific details surrounding your claim.
You could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Could you really recover the type of compensation listed above? To learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience. Our medical malpractice attorneys are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim.
Important Deadlines to Consider
Without a doubt, you could have grounds to sue if your knee surgery resulted in the development in CRPS. However, you must file your claim within the appropriate length of time. All claims, including medical malpractice claims, are subject to statute of limitations. A statute of limitations establishes the exact length of time that affected parties have to sue. What happens if claims are not filed within the appropriate length of time? If claims are not filed within the time allowed, claimants will lose their right to sue.
What is the statute of limitations that applies to your claim? In California, medical malpractice claims must be filed wither within three years of the date of the injury or within one year of the claimant discovering the injury. It is also important to note that certain exceptions to the statute of limitations could apply, tolling the deadline.
If you would like to learn more about the total length of time that you might have to pursue your claim, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with all the information that you might need to pursue your claim against your surgeon for the CRPS that you suffered. Do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience.
Important Steps to Consider
Because CRPS is such a complex condition, it can be difficult to successfully pursue a claim; however, doing so is not impossible. There are a number of things that affected parties could do to prepare to take legal action for the CRPS that they suffered. Some of the recommended action to take includes the following:
- Seek medical attention. It is normal to experience pain after knee surgery, such as start-up pain (which occurs while getting up); however, pain should subdue relatively soon after the surgery. Your CRPS might be a result of a nerve injury during surgery; therefore, you might continue to experience pain long after the time recovery from the surgery was expected. You will likely first follow-up with your surgeon, as loosened implants, infections, and kneecap issues could all cause pain after knee replacement surgery. It is possible that you will need multiple professional opinions before you are diagnosed. After receiving a diagnosis, follow all treatment plans and medical recommendations.
- Gather all relevant documents and evidence. You will need to gather all records associated with your total knee injury, including any imaging that was conducted before and after the surgery. You will also need to gather all records regarding the treatments you might have already undergone, as well as records surrounding any diagnoses you received. If you have already received a CRPS diagnosis, you should also include these records. If your CRPS has affected your ability to earn income, you should also gather evidence of the income that you have lost because of your condition.
- Seek the legal assistance of a CRPS lawyer. You will need to find an attorney with experience handling CRPS cases; it is essential that the attorney that you choose is knowledgeable on CRPS cases and can effectively guide you towards a successful claim outcome. After you choose your attorney, you will need to provide him or her with an account of your situation – you must be honest as well as thorough. You must provide your attorney with all the evidence you gathered.
If you would like to learn more about the things that you could do to prepare to pursue a claim for the CRPS that you suffered because of your knee replacement surgery, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience. Our CRPS lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to hold the liable party or entity accountable for the harm that you suffered.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Today
If you developed CRPS after a knee replacement surgery, you might have grounds to pursue a claim for the harm that you suffered and will likely continue to suffer because of your diagnosis. Depending on the details surrounding your current situation, you might have grounds to sue. If you would like to learn more about your right to file a claim for the CRPS that you suffered after your knee replacement surgery, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm at your earliest convenience.
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of claims – including medical malpractice claims. At our firm, we believe that the medical professionals that negligently contribute to the harm that their patients suffer should be held accountable. To learn more about the possibility of taking legal action against your surgeon, do not hesitate to contact our firm immediately. The experts at our firm are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your claim.
At our firm, we are aware that far too many affected parties simply do not take any legal action because they are afraid of expensive legal expenses. Because of this, we are dedicated to remaining accessible to all – through our free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns; our experts will be available to provide you with all the information that you need to take action against the party or entity liable for the harm that you suffered. Would you like to benefit from our free legal services? If so, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.
Our firm also offers a Zero-Fee guarantee to ensure that you and our other clients will never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. In addition, our firm is based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome. To learn more about your right to sue and discuss your claim with our experts, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.