Broken Bones and Fractures
People suffer from a variety of common injuries. Cuts, scrapes, bruises, bone breaks, and fractures happen all the time in serious accidents and minor mishaps. Broken bones and fractures account for a large percentage of emergency room visits, and we count on our doctors and nurses to appropriately diagnose and treat these minor injuries to maximize healing and minimize pain. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Some doctors are negligent in their treatment of bone fractures, leading to further injury of the patient. If your family has been injured by a doctor’s error of this type, you may need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
A broken bone is when some force causes a split or break in the bone. This can happen as a result of any forceful trauma, including falling down, getting in an accident, or getting hit by something. Some bone breaks pierce the skin, others do not. Sufferers may feel a variety of symptoms, including intense pain, bruising or swelling, and inability or limited ability to move a limb. Doctors use medical imaging devices like x-rays to diagnose a broken bone.
Treatment depends on the severity, complexity, and location of the injury. Some breaks require simply resting the injured body part, some need a sling or cast, and others may need multiple complicated surgeries to repair a break. Most sufferers are prescribed pain medication and anti inflammatories to manage pain and inflammation. If an injury isn’t diagnosed and treated properly, serious medical complications could result, including delayed recovery, prolonged injury, and increased pain. Possible mistakes in the treatment of a broken bone include delayed or wrong diagnosis, improperly setting a bone, improper administration of anesthesia or pain medication, or negligent application of metal pins. These failures may breach the standard of care doctors must uphold. When a doctor fails to provide care up to this threshold standard, and patient injury results, he or she may be guilty of medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor’s negligence in the diagnosis or treatment of a fracture, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. A Chicago medical malpractice attorney will acquire experts to testify as to the appropriate standard of care, investigate your case, interview relevant witnesses, and thoroughly study your medical history. Call our offices at (312) 236-2900 to speak to a member of our dedicated staff. Don’t hesitate, medical malpractice claims have some of the shortest statutes of limitations, and time could be running out to file yours.