Fort Lauderdale Knee Replacement Lawyer
Knee replacement surgery is meant to bring patients a greater range of mobility and less pain when the knee joint starts to fail; however, sometimes surgeons fail to provide the level of care required of them during knee replacement surgery that can lead to complications and serious injury with their patients. The Fort Lauderdale knee replacement lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez have years of experience protecting their clients that have suffered medical malpractice at the hands of their surgeons and zealously fight for their rights to compensation for their injuries.
Complications of Faulty Knee Replacement
When a surgeon is negligent or reckless during a knee replacement surgery, a number of complications can arise for the patient after the procedure. Knee replacement surgery can also fail due to problems with the medical devices used to replace parts of the knee. Complications following faulty knee replacement surgery can be painful and costly, limiting mobility and causing other medical issues. The most common complications following a botched knee replacement surgery include:
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain
- Loss of range of motion
- Pulmonary embolism
- Bleeding in joint
- Blood vessel injury
- Urinary tract infection
Knee Replacement Medical Malpractice
Experiencing issues or a lack of full motion following a knee replacement surgery does not automatically rise to the level of medical malpractice. In order to prove medical malpractice, the patient must prove that the surgeon or other medical professional breached their medical duty of care. In Florida, this means proving the following elements in court:
A medical duty of care existed through a doctor-patient relationship
The duty of care was breached through the surgeon’s negligence or recklessness during the knee replacement
As a direct cause of the breach, the patient was harmed during the knee replacement surgery
Florida law requires that a medical malpractice lawsuit for a negligent knee replacement must be filed within two years of the date of the surgery or within two years of discovering the malpractice. The statute of limitations is capped at four years from the date of the knee replacement surgery.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice
In Florida, the court recently ruled that caps on damages for medical malpractice are unconstitutional and as a result, there is no limit to the amount of damages a person can collect for their medical malpractice claims. Compensation for medical malpractice arising from a negligent knee replacement surgery typically includes the following:
- Medical expenses (present and future)
- Rehabilitation or therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An experienced medical malpractice attorney is able to recognize all avenues for compensation and can get you the restitution you deserve from negligent surgeons, medical professionals, hospitals, device manufacturers, and all others responsible for the harm.
Our Lawyers Can Help
Faulty knee replacement surgery can permanent affect your mobility and cause many other serious complications. If you have suffered injury as a result of a knee replacement surgery in Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding area, call the Leifer & Ramirez or contact us online to schedule a free consultation of your case.