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Syracuse surgeon malpractice case puts spotlight on patient care

Many New City area residents will need to have surgery in their lifetime. Most of these surgeries are scheduled and common ones are orthopedic surgeries to replace aging knees and hips. A Syracuse surgeon was recently hit with a medical malpractice settlement of $2 million that shed some light on how orthopedic surgeries can go wrong.

A Syracuse orthopedic surgeon was recently found guilty of medical malpractice and ordered to pay $2 million dollars for a hip replacement surgery. The surgeon had 14 orthopedic surgeries scheduled on the same day with the victim being number six.

During the surgery, the surgeon fractured the patient's thighbone and removed too much of the bone. The patient was not made aware of the fracture until six weeks later and now is suffering from permanent injury and has constant pain and has to use a cane. The surgeon had surgeries on that day that lasted from 7 a.m. until almost 10 p.m. at night and he frequently went between 2 to 3 operating rooms at the same time. The victim believes her outcome would have been different had the surgeon taken more time on her surgery.

Surgeons are valuable members of the medical society. We need surgeons to help us with our medical conditions and feel better and get back to doing our daily tasks. But, when surgeons do not take their time and are overworked the outcomes can serious for patients. But, compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

No one expects their scheduled surgery will not go as planned. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are still occurring and the victim has the legal right to hold the medical provider accountable for their error.

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