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Medical Malpractice Involving Broken Bones or Fractures

boneDoctors are supposed to treat broken bones and fractures in ways that will improve the problem, rather than make it worse. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you or someone close to you has received negligent treatment for a broken bone that exacerbated the injury, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our experienced medical negligence attorneys have the skill and determination to pursue the compensation you deserve for your harm.

A fracture refers to the cracking or breaking of a bone. It can range from a thin crack to a complete break. All bone fractures are classified in one of two ways:  a simple fracture or a compound fracture. A simple fracture is defined as a broken bone within the body that does not pierce the skin. A compound fracture, also sometimes known as an open fracture, refers to a broken bone or broken bones that pierce through the skin and expose the bone.

As with any other type of injury, the treatment of a broken bone depends on the severity and location of the injury. Some breaks may simply require resting the injured body part, while more complicated cases may require a cast. In the most serious cases, broken bone injuries may require surgery and extensive rehabilitative treatment. The following medical mistakes may result in improper healing of the bone:

  • Failing to diagnose a broken bone properly;
  • Delayed diagnosis of the broken bone;
  • Failing to treat a broken bone properly;
  • Using potentially dangerous or improper devices to treat a broken bone or fracture;
  • Improperly providing pain medication or anesthesia;
  • Not setting the bone properly.

The failure of a doctor to provide proper diagnosis and treatment may lead to a patient suffering further injuries. If a patient does sustain a further injury to a fractured bone due to negligent treatment by a doctor, that patient can seek damages from the at-fault doctor through a medical malpractice claim. They would need to establish that they would not have been hurt if the doctor had acted according to the prevailing standards of competence in their specialty.

Complications from a medical professional’s mistakes while treating a broken bone may leave you to deal with financial losses, such as medical bills and lost income. Fortunately, under Maryland law, victims of medical malpractice can seek both economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault party. Of course, the exact amount of compensation a person will be entitled to receive will depend on the specific harm suffered in the case.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor’s negligent treatment of a broken bone, you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. At Arfaa Law Group, our seasoned Baltimore fracture attorneys can thoroughly review the facts of your case and determine the strength of your claim. With years of experience, you can rest assured that we know how to navigate these types of cases. We take on clients from all across Maryland. For more information, call us at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.

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