Orthopedic Medical Malpractice

As a medical malpractice firm with decades of experience, we understand that orthopedic medical negligence can lead to permanent harm and/or require a lifetime of specialized care.

If you or a loved one have undergone an knee replacement or other orthopedic procedure that resulted in significant injury, amputation or death, you may have an orthopedic medical malpractice case. For a free consultation of your case contact Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen or call 1 (888) 296 – 1681. Our Florida medical malpractice lawyers can help.

*The results obtained by the Firm in these cases are representative only, and there is no guarantee that future cases will yield similar results. The amounts set forth above are before deductions for attorneys’ fees and costs.

Results

A wife and mother of three in her early 40’s entered a South Florida emergency department after suffering from the flu for a few days. Upon arrival, doctors noted she was in critical condition and in “impending cardiovascular collapse.” Her heart rate and blood pressure were low, she was cyanotic and blood work showed evidence of heart damage. A CT scan revealed the patient was suffering from Cardiac Tamponade, which is a condition where fluid surrounds the heart, not allowing it to beat properly. Tragically, the CT scan was never relayed to her treating physicians or nurses. Overnight, while in the intensive care unit the patient continued to deteriorate, yet the nursing staff failed to alert any doctors of her condition. When a Cardiologist finally saw her over 18 hours after she arrived in critical condition, he quickly diagnosed the Cardiac Tamponade and attempted to relieve the pressure around her heart by placing a needle into the pericardial sac to drain the fluid. Unfortunately, the hours of her heart not being able to function properly caused irreversible damage and she tragically died soon after the procedure. After extensive litigation, with trial fast approaching, the GRYC team was able to successfully negotiate a seven-figure settlement.

A middle-aged man had history of an aortic aneurysm. The aneurysm was asymptomatic for over four years, and the patient had a plan for what would happen if it became symptomatic again. His plan was to fly to one of the top heart centers in the nation, where a doctor was scheduled to repair the aneurysm. When the aneurysm became symptomatic, he was admitted to a South Florida hospital for care thereafter expecting a transfer to the heart center he had chosen within a reasonable amount of time. Rather than starting the transfer the day he arrived, the hospital waited three days, and then failed to get his insurance company to pay for the transfer. Tragically, while the patient was speaking with the insurance company on the phone about the transfer, the aneurysm ruptured, and he died. Two teenage daughters and a wife survive him. The family sued the hospital that delayed his treatment, and they settled for a seven-figure award.

A 68-year-old man was on vacation on the west coast of Florida with his entire family. The day before he was to go home, he started complaining about pain in his left leg, which was swollen, red and painful. He went to a local emergency room, and the family asked the doctor if it was a blood clot. (The family had a close relative that had previously endured similar symptoms from a blood clot.) The doctor assured the family that it was not a blood clot but was instead cellulitis from a sunburn. The physician encouraged the patient to visit his primary care physician when he returned home. When the patient returned home the next day, he died of a pulmonary embolism due to the blood clot that was initially suspected by the family. The family sued the hospital for misdiagnosing the patient and received a seven-figure settlement.

A 14-year-old boy, who was having trouble swallowing was misdiagnosed with a gastrointestinal issue because the doctor failed to do appropriate x-rays and proper exams. When the appropriate testing was done, a tumor was found, but it was too late.

A prominent figure in the community went in for a simple dental implant procedure. The procedure failed, causing an infection in her jaw. The infection spread and worsened, which resulted in the removal and reconstruction of the patient’s entire lower left jaw.

A Punta Gorda, Florida woman in her forties visited an ear, nose, and throat specialist for a check-up due to fatigue. After performing a brief examination, the doctor at the facility recommended that she undergo parathyroid surgery, however he did not order the necessary radiological scan that determines which side of her neck should be operated on. Without that information available, the surgeon began on the wrong side of her neck and did not realize his error until they were well into the procedure. When the surgeon opened the other side of her neck to re-operate, he injured the nerve that controlled her vocal cords in the process, leaving her with permanent speaking issues. She sued the doctor and received a seven-figure verdict that led to a confidential settlement.

A woman in her sixties was brought to a hospital in Lee County, Florida after she slipped and fell, injuring her leg and causing severe pain. During her treatment, the hospital staff failed to notice that the impact had caused a blood clot behind her knee, that was restricting circulation to the rest of her leg. Over time, the untreated clot cut off blood flow to the point where her leg was beyond saving and needed amputation. If the staff had discovered the clot in the ER or upon admission, the amputation would not have been necessary. She now requires a prosthetic for the rest of her life, and she received a seven-figure settlement from the hospital as recourse.