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October 26th, 2012

I am a Pennsylvania resident. A pin in my bone broke after surgery. What are my rights?

I am a Pennsylvania resident. A pin in my bone broke after surgery. What are my rights?

A: Statute of limitations questions are one of the most important issues in a medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania. Therefore when you discovered or should have discovered the broken pin will be important in determining when the statute of limitations bars the case. Because this issue is time sensitive, it is vital to speak to a qualified medical negligence lawyer immediately.

So long as the statute of limitations has not expired, you may have potential claims against the surgeon and his or her practice. The elements of a medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania against a surgeon include proving negligence, proving a causal connection between the negligence and the injury, and proving damages, such as additional surgeries, worsened outcome, etc. If there are no damages, or the damages are minimal, then there is no case.

In many cases involving failure of screws, pins, plates and other surgical implants, the surgeon committed negligence by failing to implant the piece correctly or using the wrong implant for the procedure. Under Pennsylvania law, medical negligence is conduct which falls below the standard of reasonable care expected of other medical professionals. Click here to read more about negligence in a Pennsylvania medical malpractice case involving an implant or device.

In order to prove negligence, the patient must have the case evaluated by a medical negligence lawyer who will consult with a medical expert. In addition to a negligence case against the surgeon, there may also be a defective products liability claim against the implant manufacturer.

Related Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Legal Articles:

Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Implants, Pins, Screws

For more information, contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice and surgical error lawyer.

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