While hip replacement surgery is common in the United States, it poses many risk factors because it is a major operation. The purpose of a hip replacement surgery is to alleviate pain caused by a worn out joint and increase hip function. In most instances, a surgeon will remove the hip joint and replace it with an artificial joint. Many people that require a hip replacement surgery suffer from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the cartilage in the hip to break down.
Sometimes, hip replacement surgery can give rise to a medical malpractice claim as a result of medical negligence. Some common medical errors that can arise from a hip replacement surgery are as follows:
- Failing to properly evaluate a patient’s condition prior to surgery;
- Faulty or defective prosthetic;
- Improper placement of the prosthetic hip;
- Improper sterilization of surgical equipment, among others.
In New Jersey, a surgeon has a duty to a patient to provide adequate and competent care. While there are a number of reasons for a poor hip replacement outcome, it commonly happens as a result of medical negligence. Here, a hip replacement surgeon often fails to administer care in accordance with the reasonably accepted standards and, as a result, the patient suffers injuries. In this instance, a person may have a claim for medical malpractice. In addition, if a person suffers injuries as a result of a defective prosthetic implant, he or she may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer.
A person that suffers injuries during or after a hip replacement surgery may recover damages for the following:
- Current medical;
- Future care;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering, among others.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries as a result of negligence during a hip replacement surgery, you may have a claim for medical malpractice or product liability. It is important to contact an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer that may fight for the justice you and your family deserve. The New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Rinaldo Law Group LLC are skilled medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability attorneys, who will fight for the compensation you and your family are entitled to receive. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, call (908) 352-2500 or fill out our contact form.