Foot Fusion Malpractice Lawsuit
Doctors generally complete surgeries on patients with no hitches or issues, but not all the time. Some surgeons make errors that result in permanent injuries to patients. One such surgery is a foot fusion. You may need foot fusion surgery after a car accident, fall, workplace injury, or other incident. If so, you should seek out a skilled surgeon you can trust, or you may run the risk of suffering damages. If the surgeon makes an error, you could be left with intense injuries. Your best bet is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible doctor or hospital for your damages. Our team of attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group will be able to assist you with your claim.
Foot Fusion Details
Foot fusion is a surgery that helps with issues in the foot, like arthritis and flat feet, or to help regain mobility after an accident. Fractures, sprains, cracks, breaks, and basic wear and tear of the bones in the feet and the cartilage of the joints can all contribute to the need for a foot fusion surgery. The worn-away cartilage will be removed and screws and plates will be inserted into the foot to allow the bones to fuse together. This will increase stability and mobility over time if the operation is successful. You may need extra bone taken from another part of your body, or you may need a donor.
Foot fusions generally consist of three types: hindfoot, midfoot, and great toe. The rear of the foot may be damaged and need its bones fused, or the midfoot may have accrued damage and need to be fused to the other parts of the foot. The great toe can also be properly aligned and made to bear weight without affecting balance.
You may need foot fusion surgery for the following reasons:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Foot crush from an object
- Falling object hitting foot
- Truck accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Slip and fall
- Trip and fall
In addition to blunt trauma or other such injuries causing damage to your foot, years of wear and tear can also break down the cartilage and stiffen the bones. Athletes and active individuals are among the most susceptible to wear and tear at an earlier age than more sedentary individuals.
Defective Medical Device
Defective Medical Device
Foot Fusion Complications
Foot fusion surgery can result in various complications if the surgeon does a poor job or if he is negligent in some way. There can be numerous kinds of injuries that arise from a botched foot fusion, such as:
- Nerve damage from wrong incisions, resulting in numbness, hypersensitivity, CRPS, perpetual pain, inability to bear weight, and more
- Failure of union between the bones, which happens if the fusion does not succeed and the bones heal separately; a second surgery would be required
- Blood vessel injuries, blood clots, artery damage, and more that can contribute to amputation
- Infection that leads to other issues, illnesses, compromises of the immune system, and more
- Fluid retention
- Improper union of the bones, wherein they heal incorrectly and partially fuse, thus making it difficult to walk or move; another surgery would be required to separate the bones and set them again to induce a better healing process
If you are injured by the errors of a doctor, you could file a medical malpractice claim.
Suing a Doctor for Botched Foot Fusion Surgery
In order to effectively file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you must show that there was a doctor/patient relationship that existed between you and the surgeon, that he made an error any other reasonable doctor would not have made, that the error led to an accident, and that the accident resulted in actual physical harm.
You will need the following evidence for your claim:
- Medical notes
- Test results
- Hospital bills
- Photos of your injuries
- A summary of the procedure
- Eyewitness testimonies
- Second opinions from other doctors
Upon getting this evidence, you should reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer who can handle your foot fusion injury lawsuit. You may not have any legal experience handling these ypes of claims and you might not know where to start. We will work around the clock to win you every penny you deserve while you focus on recovering from the botched surgery.
Compensation from a Foot Fusion Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Foot fusion malpractice can cause numerous issues that can impair you for the rest of your life, and if you were seriously hurt, it is recommended to pursue legal action. The opportunity is there for you to be totally compensated for your injuries, and we will do everything in our power to win you the maximum restitution available under the law. Our attorneys will seek a settlement that will not leave you in any debt. The value of your claim will be determined by the insurance agency; an agent will look at the extent of your damages and see how severe your injuries were, as well as consider your age and career. He will then make an offer, and if we do not agree with it or believe that it is too low, we will negotiate a better deal. Our goal is to bring you the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for hospitalization, surgery, additional treatments, physical rehabilitation, and more
- Lost wages if you were unable to return to work for a period of a time or needed to miss work in the future for extra medical treatments
- Pain and suffering damages to pay for PTSD, anxiety, fear, mental scarring, and more
- Punitive damages if the malpractice were deliberate or if there was a high degree of gross negligence
- Wrongful death damages in the event a botched surgery leads to the death of a family member or loved one, which can result in pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering damages, funeral and burial expenses, loss of inheritance and income, loss of relations and consortium, and more
Be aware that medical malpractice lawsuits have a cap on pain and suffering damages. The maximum amount you can receive in pain and suffering is $250,000. On the other hand, there is no upper limit on medical expenses. An attorney will be able to ensure that you are fairly represented if your foot fusion surgery resulted in lingering injuries or was botched in some way.
Deadline to Sue for Foot Fusion Malpractice
The statute of limitations is in place to ensure that all parties have ample time to gather evidence and form a case. The statute of limitations in California for medical malpractice claims is either 1 year from the discovery of the injury or 3 years from the date of the injury itself, whichever one occurs first. If you are unsure of how much time remains on your claim, you are welcome to call our law offices and find out. We will tell you if you are running the risk of missing the deadline.
There are a few scenarios in which the statute of limitations can be temporarily suspended or extended. For one, if a victim was under the age of 18 years old, the statute of limitations can be put on hold until he turns legal age. He also can wait to sue if he was left incapacitated or incapable of filing a claim, and the statute will resume when he returns to functioning health. Further, if the defendant is not in the state, the lawsuit cannot be filed, so the statute will be frozen until he returns.
Too often, individuals fail to notice that the statute of limitations is running out on their claims. They may end up with no ability to file a lawsuit because the statute expired. If you come to our firm, we guarantee that your lawsuit will be filed within the necessary time frame.
Our Firm Fights for You
The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the premier law firms in Los Angeles for medical malpractice lawsuits. We can help you sue a doctor if he botched your foot fusion surgery, and we will not stop until we have secured the fairest compensation for your case. Our aggressive lawyers will do everything possible to win you the maximum settlement under the law. If we have to go to court to pursue a verdict from a judge and jury, we are willing to do so.
To receive a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact our law firm today. We’ll walk you through the legal process, tell you what we think the value of your claim is, and answer all concerns and questions you have. If you want to hire us, we will grant you our zero fee guarantee. This means that you will not have to pay a cent out of pocket for our services. We will get paid only if we win, and if we lose, we will take nothing at all.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Downtown LA Law Group if you need a medical malpractice attorney for a failed foot fusion surgery.