Over the course of a few decades, hip replacement surgery has gone from science fiction to everyday fact. From 2000-2010, the rate of total hip replacements in the U.S.A. had more than doubled — reaching over 310,000 procedures annually, up from around 140,000.
That amounts to about 850 surgeries a day. For every 100,000 Americans, over 250 had this procedure — and that was 10 years ago.
Hip replacements normally go right. When they do not, you deserve more than an orthopedic shoe to even out your walk. Call us at 815-962-0044 at any point to schedule a free consultation.
A Routine Procedure
You have probably heard this before: Hip replacement is a common, almost routine surgery. There are ample resources on how to perform it without risk to life or limb. Beyond that, orthopedic surgeons should have the practice, technique and alertness to install prosthesis without any major complications. The bottom line: They should know how to prevent injuries.
If you had any type of hip-replacement complication, your healthcare provider might start by denying wrongdoing. Here are some common types of statements:
- “This is a known risk of this type of surgery.”
- “The surgeon did as good of a job as possible under the circumstances.”
- “Nobody could have avoided this outcome.”
Doctors and hospitals do not have to protect your legal rights and personal interests. In fact, they might be acting on policy rather than on medical fact, trying to guard their institutions or careers from lawsuits.
One of the most common avoidable complications is leg-length discrepancy. Typically, the result is that the leg operated on ends up longer. Leg length inequality could lead to problems, both immediate and chronic:
- Vaulting, uneven walk
- Permanent limp
Hospitals might pressure you to sign for an incomplete solution. The reason: The surgery to fix a hip replacement is riskier and more complicated than the surgery to perform it correctly in the first place.
Big healthcare companies — insurers, hospitals and so on — probably do not want to pay for getting you the specialized surgery you need. They also probably do not want to compensate you for your loss. Our attorneys can help you stand up to their self-interested pressure with facts, tenacity and compassionate representation.
The Truth About Medical Malpractice
Medical conditions caused by medical treatment are nothing new. There is even a doctors’ jargon word for it: Iatrogenic. That does not excuse poor organization or negligent medical work.
We trust our doctors to know what they are doing. We trust our hospitals to support them efficiently and accurately. If someone betrayed your trust and injured you in the process, we believe they should help make you whole again.
Fisk & Monteleone Ltd. has experience and success with these specific types of cases. You would work with our attorneys directly, fighting the institutions that are blocking your access to the care you deserve. Call us at 815-962-0044 to schedule a free consultation.