Earlier this month, a Prince George’s County, Maryland medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in the amount of almost $295,000 in favor of the Maryland medical malpractice plaintiff who had to undergo total hip replacement surgery only eighteen days after his initial hip prosthesis surgery, because the hip prosthesis was misaligned.
The medical malpractice jury trial lasted four days after which the Maryland medical malpractice jury deliberated for only forty minutes before finding in favor of the now 71-year-old plaintiff, who made a full recovery after his second surgery.
The Maryland medical malpractice plaintiff sought to recover monetary damages from the defendant orthopedic surgeon for his medical expenses related to the second, total hip replacement surgery as well as for his pain and suffering because he had to undergo the second procedure.
The Maryland medical malpractice complaint alleged that in April 2013, the plaintiff had hip replacement surgery during which the artificial ball placed in the center of his femur was not properly aligned during the surgery and resulted in perforation through the bone. The plaintiff experienced significant pain after the procedure and his thigh was swollen. It was not until eight days later that an x-ray determined that the prosthesis was misaligned, requiring the second hip replacement surgery.
The defense produced trial testimony from two experts that the cause the misaligned hip was not the original surgery but rather was from several falls that the plaintif allegedly had, based on a note written four months after surgery by the defendant orthopedic surgeon that suggested that the misaligned hip was due to falls. The plaintiff provided the Maryland medical malpractice jury with expert testimony that the misalignment occurred during the first surgery.
The plaintiff’s Maryland medical malpractice lawyer reported that there were no settlement offers before trial, and stated after the jury rendered its verdict in his client’s favor, “He was very pleased, thought justice was done,” adding in a written statement: “We are … gratified to have prevailed against a (d)efense trial team of three very distinguished partners from two different firms arrayed against us.” The defense attorneys had no comment after the verdict.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Muscoloskeletal and Skin Diseases states on its website:
Risks of problems after hip replacement surgery are much lower than they used to be. More common problems that could occur include:
– The ball comes out of the socket. This is the most common problem that can happen soon after hip replacement surgery. It can happen if you are in certain positions, such as pulling the knees up to the chest.
– Swelling that cause special cells to eat away some of the bone, causing the joint to loosen. This is the most common problem that can happen later after hip replacement surgery.
Less common problems after surgery are:
– Blood clots.
– Bone growth past the normal edges of the bone.
If you or a loved one were harmed as a result of hip replacement surgery in Maryland or in another U.S. state that may be due to medical negligence, you should promptly find a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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