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Procedures done to fix broken leg resulted in osteomyelitis…

Submitted By: Alex (Ohio)

I broke my leg (tibial plateau) last August.

The surgeon used plates, pins, and screws to fix it. The top two screws were causing me discomfort in my knee, so the surgeon removed the screws in November.

Now, two more surgeries later (in Dec. & Feb.), I am dealing with Osteomyelitis.

I now have a pick line in to administer antibiotics, and a wound vac on my leg to help try and get rid of the infection. I’ve been informed by my current home health nurse that the surgeon was negligent in not sending me home with antibiotics after my 2nd surgery to remove the screws.

Should I be considering a lawsuit for medical malpractice? I don’t want to pursue if there’s no reason to, but the medical bills are mounting up, and I still have a long way to go with this situation. Getting financial help would be very nice, and if the doctor was negligent, then I think he should pay for all these extra costs. Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Alex,

Your first mistake is relying on your home health nurse’s opinion concerning medical negligence. Unless she’s a surgeon masquerading as a home healthcare nurse, you would be best advised not to rely on her opinion.

To learn whether or not your doctor was negligent, and by implication, committed medical malpractice, you will need one or more medical opinions from qualified surgeons in your area. Alternately, and because it is difficult to find a doctor who will criticize another doctor’s surgery, you might want to consider visiting with an attorney who has expertise in medical malpractice claims.

Fortunately, most medical malpractice attorneys do not charge for initial office consultations. Copy your all of your medical records, including x-rays, MRI diagnostic results, and/or CT Scan results, and make appointments with several attorneys.

An experienced malpractice attorney will be able to review your medical records, and if necessary, bring in an expert to consult to decide whether medical malpractice occurred. This is really the best way to find out if you are the victim of medical negligence, and if you have a valid case.

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

Best of luck,

Published: February 25, 2014

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