that happened because of an error or negligence on the doctor’s part?
Not necessarily, according to Lawyer Landau. “Even though the outcome in this case (foot drop) was unfortunate, it is a well-known complication of the operation. In fact, evidenced by the spinal fragments found in the spinal column, the surgery may have actually helped this athlete avoid something much worse — paralysis,” notes Landau. When evaluating liability in a medical negligence case, the question to ask is, did the doctor’s actions fall below the applicable standard of care for that procedure under the circumstances?
The bottom line is — if a necessary surgery results in a known complication despite reasonable care by the physician, then an experienced lawyer should counsel against bringing any legal action for damages. If you or someone you know has suffered an unfortunate outcome from a surgery or other medical procedure and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).