Hip replacement surgery needed after doctors fail to order x-rays...

by Shannon
(Petersburg, PA)

I've had several years of hip pain and saw several doctors through the years for it. Not a single doctor sent me for a hip x-ray. They only focused on my back and got x-rays and an MRI of my back. Well I started physical therapy for my back for what they thought was sciatica causing my hip pain, mind you no hip x-ray still.

My Physical Therapist told me he thought my pain was also a hip issue and I then went to my doctor and requested a hip x-ray. Before I got the results I has such horrible pain it landed me in the ER. They pulled my x-ray results and the ER doc told me I need hip replacement surgery. He was totally surprised no one had ordered a hip x-ray.

Is this malpractice or neglect on the part of my previous doctors, since my main complaint for years has been hip pain with a severe limp? What can I do about this? Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Hip replacement surgery needed after doctors fail to order x-rays...":

Shannon (Petersburg, PA):

You may have the basis of a medical malpractice claim based on your primary doctor's failure to recognize the symptoms of degenerative hip disease. If it can be shown at or about the time your primary doctor examined you, he or she should have recognized you had the symptoms of degenerative hip disease and as a result failed to order X-rays, an MRI or CT Scan, your malpractice claim will be strengthened.

Next, if it can be shown your primary doctor's failure to recognize the need for diagnostic tests resulted in prolonged and unnecessary pain and discomfort, medical bills, lost wages, or out pocket expenses, your claim becomes even stronger.

If you intend on pursuing a medical malpractice claim you will need the advice and counsel of an experienced attorney. Medical malpractice claims should never be handled without an experienced lawyer. Doctors and their insurance companies rarely, if ever admit to having committed malpractice. As a result to have any chance of success a lawsuit will need to be filed, depositions taken, records subpoenaed, and more. You can't do this without legal training.

Fortunately, most attorneys do not charge for initial office consultations. They work on contingency basis, meaning they get a percentage of any settlement award they win on your behalf.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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