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Orthopedic malpractice: Avoid further injury after an accident

Summertime opens the door to an array of outdoor sports. For parents with children involved in extracurricular activities and team practices, this time of year offers a lot of fun in the sun. With kids spending more time outside vs the classroom, their days are filled with biking on the trails, hanging from monkey bars, and outings at the local public pool.

Accidents happen. Your child/teenager may fall off their bike or wipe out during practice. Broken bones are a common occurrence, especially for adolescents. Not only does this put a damper on the summer festivities, but as a parent you may need to find a trusted orthopedic surgeon.

Common causes of orthopedic malpractice

Unfortunately, skilled orthopedic professionals are expensive, depending on what your insurance covers. Be aware that while you may save money with certain orthopedic surgeons, quality care trumps getting a good price.

Medical malpractice happens at various levels in the health industry. According to the Medscape Malpractice Report 2015, orthopedics is among the top 3 most-sued specialties. Top causes of orthopedic malpractice are:

  • Poor communication between physician and patient
  • Performing incorrect surgery
  • Inappropriate use of tools
  • Lack of involvement in the recovery phase (risk of infection)

How to begin your orthopedic surgeon search

While the possibility of medical malpractice is scary, picking an orthopedic hospital for your child (or yourself) only takes a little research. Tips on matching with the right surgeon include:

  • Be aware of the hospital’s infection rate.
  • Get referrals, preferably from a primary care doctor.
  • Research the orthopedic surgeon’s credentials (check for history of malpractice).
  • Check in with insurance to see what your plan covers.

Researching care providers and receiving recommendations are great first steps. But just like every day accidents are unpredictable, so are mishaps during medical procedures. If you or a loved one experience medical malpractice, be sure to contact an experienced lawyer for fair compensation.

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