Most people underestimate the importance of their feet until or unless they are unable to use them. Without feet, mobility is difficult. When Oregon residents have issues with their feet, they expect doctors to make the correct diagnosis and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment to fix the problem. If that does not happen, and the patient is left with a permanent disability, medical negligence could be the reason.
For example, an out-of-state man complained of foot pain due to his flat feet. In Oct. 2007, he went to the doctor, who determined that the man was suffering from a degenerative disease, which is what was causing his initial foot pain. To treat it, the doctor replaced the joints in his feet. In 2014, it was discovered that the implants had loosened and caused the man significant pain.
Therefore, the doctor removed the implants, but failed to replace them with another device to stabilize the Illinois man's ankle and foot. Because of this, he suffers persistent bilateral pain in his feet. He also claims that his mobility is now limited. His complaint alleges that the joints never should have been replaced at all because that is not a recommended course of treatment for his condition.
There are two facets to every examination done by a doctor. The first is to make the correct diagnosis, and the second is to prescribe the correct course of treatment. Even if the diagnosis is correct, an Oregon resident can suffer permanent injury if the course of treatment is not the right one. If a patient believes that he or she was the victim of medical negligence because the wrong treatment was prescribed, it might be beneficial to file a lawsuit in an attempt to obtain restitution for the damages incurred.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, "Patient accuses podiatrist of malpractice in foot surgery", Robert Hadley, Jan. 7, 2016