An orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor whose area of practice involves the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions: injuries or illnesses affecting muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones. Like doctors in all areas of medical specialty, orthopedists must observe the standard of care in their area of specialty, acting as a reasonable, competent doctor would in a given circumstance. When an orthopedist does not act in accordance with the accepted standard of care, and a patient suffers injury, the doctor has committed medical malpractice.
This can happen in a number of ways. One of the most common is a failure to identify that a bone is broken and to treat it, or a failure to properly set broken bones. Orthopedic malpractice can also involve errors during the repair of ligaments, including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Orthopedists may make surgical errors, leading to nerve injury or other damage, or may perform surgery at the incorrect location on the spine. Perhaps most egregious of all, some orthopedists have even performed surgery, including amputation, on the wrong limb.
Orthopedists may also commit malpractice by using improper equipment, such as pins, plates, or screws that are not suitable for the purpose or patient for which they are being used, or by inserting a prosthesis that is not correctly sized for the patient in question.
Orthopedic malpractice causes physical pain, increased recovery time, loss of function, and in the worst cases, loss of a limb or death. Cases of orthopedic malpractice are highly technical, and many Oregon attorneys decline to accept them because of the level of legal skill and commitment of resources they require. Huegli Fraser PC is proud to be one of the few firms in Oregon to represent victims of orthopedic malpractice.
Our attorneys have over 45 years' combined experience in medical malpractice law, including orthopedic malpractice. We have the commitment and ability required to successfully pursue a malpractice case, and we maintain relationships with the medical experts whose testimony is needed to bring these cases to a successful resolution for our clients.
To Huegli Fraser PC, our clients are more than just case files, and victory is more than achieving a favorable verdict or settlement. To us, success means helping our clients get their pre-injury lives back as far as that is possible. We work so closely with our clients that many consider us friends even years after their cases were resolved.
If you or a loved one, has suffered injury due to orthopedic malpractice, you have only a limited time to act and pursue recovery. Get the support of experienced Portland orthopedic malpractice attorneys. Huegli Fraser PC will analyze every aspect of your case, offer you our candid opinion and advice, and advocate for you throughout.
Huegli Fraser serves Portland and the surrounding areas, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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