The Most Common Podiatric Injury Lawsuits

Lawrence M. Karam, PC of Podiatry Malpractice Lawyers of New York, fights hard to win compensation for patients who have suffered personal injury at the hands of negligent podiatrists. In most instances, such podiatric injury lawsuits involve surgical procedures and postoperative care. If you have been a victim of podiatric malpractice, contact our Manhattan office to get the powerful legal representation you need and deserve. 

Even when podiatric negligence seems blatant, a podiatry malpractice case can be difficult to win. That’s why it is so important to have a medical malpractice attorney like Lawrence Karam who specializes in podiatry cases and has a track record of successful outcomes. 

Attorney Karam knows just how difficult it is to cope with the physical, emotional, and financial trauma that results when a negligent podiatrist causes you serious injury. For that reason, he will charge you no attorneys’ fees until he recovers damages.

Statistics on the Most Common Podiatric Injury Lawsuits

According to an NIH study, 94.5 percent of podiatric malpractice suits are filed after failed elective procedures, most frequently involving persistent pain (almost 42 percent) or deformity (just over 27 percent). 

Other surgical and postsurgical negligence most often takes the form of insufficient preoperative counseling — in which podiatrists fail to inform patients of risks, benefits, and alternative treatment methods to the recommended procedure, or improper surgery (e.g. operating on the wrong foot or toe, making an incorrect incision, etc.)

Other types of podiatric injury include: failure to get informed consent, failure to take (or take into account) a comprehensive medical history, failure to diagnose a symptom or pre-existing condition, and failure to prescribe or administer medication or therapy properly.

How Podiatric Surgeries Go Wrong

It is terrible to go through the pain and incapacity of a surgical procedure, especially one you have elected to undergo, and find that your condition is not only unimproved by the ordeal, but has worsened.

Unfortunately, any kind of podiatric surgery can go terribly wrong, including:

  • Bunionectomy
  • Excision of lesion
  • Fusion of the foot
  • Hammertoe surgery
  • Heel spur removal 
  • Morton’s neuroma surgery
  • Repair of hammer toe

Some of the most frequent complaints of podiatry malpractice in surgery and its aftermath include:

  • Malunion of fractured bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Postoperative infections
  • Improperly administered anesthesia
  • Operating room issues (e.g. improper sterilization)
  • Improper use of equipment or implantation of surgical hardware
  • Leaving a medical instrument inside the patient
  • Poor postoperative care
  • Ongoing pain that continues after “recovery”

What Lawrence Karam Will Do To Help

If you find yourself with worse pain or immobility issues after podiatry surgery than before, facing the possibility of a prolonged recovery, further surgical intervention, or even permanent disability, it’s time to call our office. 

Lawrence Karam will provide you with a complimentary evaluation to see whether you have a viable case. If you do, he will work tirelessly to win you maximum damages in an out-of-court settlement or a positive verdict at trial. Either way, you will discover that his reputation as a compassionate person as well as a highly-skilled litigator is well-earned. He will:

  • Handle all legal and logistical communications and documentation
  • Examine your medical records carefully
  • Investigate the defendant’s history for evidence of any similar negligence
  • Interview witnesses 
  • Consult with medical experts who will testify on your behalf

Contact Our Experienced Podiatric Injury Attorney Today

The sooner you get in touch with our well-respected podiatry malpractice lawyer, the sooner Lawrence Karam will be able to tackle your case. Contact him now so he can begin fighting for your right to substantial damages.

About the Author
Of all the different areas in medical malpractice, it is podiatry malpractice that has had a particular interest to me. With 42 years practicing law and representing hundreds of victims of malpractice, I have created a law practice in which my clients are comfortable knowing that their case is being handled with my personal attention, in the most professional manner, and without unreasonable delays.