One of the primary functions of podiatrists is to perform foot surgery, so it is not surprising that a great many podiatry malpractice claims involve persistent pain and/or deformation after operations on the feet and toes. At The Law Firm of Lawrence M. Karam, P.C. in New York City, we have been fighting for the rights of victims of podiatry malpractice for 25 years with a high rate of success. If you have suffered an injury due to your podiatrist’s negligence, contact us for a free evaluation of your case and a discussion of your legal options.
Why Lawrence Karam Is the Best Choice For New York Foot Surgery Malpractice
Our lead attorney, Lawrence Karam, has sharp legal skills that come from a combination of innate talent, in-depth knowledge of his field, and extensive experience. When you contact him, you will find him to be empathic as well as well-credentialed and astute. You can rely on him to take over all legal and logistical matters of your case while you take the time you need to recover from your physical and emotional trauma.
Because Larry knows that in cases like yours medical bills mount and household expenses continue while you are unable to work, he will charge you no attorneys’ fees until he wins you the compensation you need and deserve. He will:
- Handle all communications with opposing counsel and insurance adjusters
- Investigate all aspects of the foot surgery by examining medical records, interviewing witnesses, and, if necessary, examining the surgical site
- Consult with reliable experts whose testimony will bolster your case
- Create a winning legal strategy to fit the unique elements of your claim
- Negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement in or out of court
Once you become our client, we will be on your side every step of the way, leveling the playing field between you and greedy insurance companies, and always looking out for your best interests. It should be reassuring to know that when you become our client, you will always be dealing directly with Larry Karam himself.
Common Types of Foot Surgery
Most patients who opt for one of the following foot surgeries are expecting an uneventful recovery and a pain-free future:
- Metatarsal foot surgery to realign the five long bones of the foot when there is an existing deformity
- Hammertoe foot surgery, most often a fusion, to straighten the deformed toe
- Plantar fasciitis foot surgery in which part of the plantar fascia ligament is cut to release tension and relieve swelling
- Bone spur removal
- Achilles tendon surgery during which part of the tendon is removed or repaired
- Morton’s neuroma foot surgery during which nerves in the ball of the foot are removed and sometimes tight ligaments in the surrounding area are released
- Cosmetic foot surgeries are performed to improve the appearance of the feet and to enable them to fit into narrow, pointy, or high-heeled shoes more easily (e.g. Cinderella foot surgery)
Tragically, after any of these foot surgeries, a certain percentage of patients are miserable to find that after the operation they have to contend with ongoing or worsened pain, toe or foot deformity, a serious infection, nerve damage, and/or restricted mobility. This is when they need the services of an accomplished foot surgery malpractice attorney like Lawrence Karam.
Types of Foot Surgery Malpractice
Unfortunately, there are many ways foot surgery can go wrong. While some failures are due to external causes, too many stem from podiatry malpractice. These include:
- Misdiagnosis can lead to unnecessary or ill-conceived foot surgery
- Lack of informed consent occurs when your podiatrist fails to provide the patient with a complete and accurate description of the surgical procedure, including its risks and potential complications (e.g. infections, swelling, stiffness, and excessive bleeding).
- Anesthesia errors, such as administering too little anesthetic resulting in breakthrough pain or too much anesthetic which can lead to permanent injury or death
- Failure to take a full patient medical history or to pay attention to listed pre-existing conditions or allergies
- Using improper surgical techniques or taking unapproved surgical “shortcuts”
- Surgical mistakes during the foot operation itself, such as operating on the wrong foot or toe, severing a tendon or ligament, or leaving a foreign object inside the body
- Nerve damage that causes long-term pain, numbness, tingling, or peculiar sensations
- Improper sterilization of instruments or surfaces, resulting in postsurgical infection
- Inadequate postsurgical supervision, such as failing to monitor the patient immediately following surgery, failure to adequately immobilize the patient, or failure to inform the patient about proper postsurgical home care
If you have suffered the consequences of foot surgery malpractice, you need the services of Larry Karam. He will answer all your questions and work tirelessly to bring you maximum compensation.
Larry Karam Will Fight Hard to Win You Damages
After all you have been through and continue to endure, Larry will fight for the resources you need to compensate for your losses, which may include some or all of the following:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological counseling
- Permanent disability
- Extended nursing care
- Alterations to your home to make it accessible
- Permanent scarring or another disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have tragically lost a loved one to wrongful death due to podiatry malpractice, Larry will pull out all the stops to bring you funds for final medical costs, funeral costs, and loss of financial and emotional support. Though money can never assuage grief, it can bring you a sense of justice and hope.
Contact Our Experienced Foot Surgery Malpractice Attorney Today
It is always a good idea to get the ball rolling on a malpractice lawsuit as quickly as possible since not only is there a statute of limitations for filing, but the average malpractice law takes 2 to 3 years to settle. Contact Lawrence Karam now so he can familiarize himself with your situation and begin customizing a plan to help you navigate your present and secure your future.