It was reported in today's New York Times that Mariano Rivera developed a blood clot in his leg following arthroscopic repair of his right knee. While not all blood clots are the result of improper care, problems can arise from orthopedic procedures that are not properly performed. Orthopedic procedures, including hip replacements and knee replacements, can result in severe infection, damage to the bone, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In some cases, a DVT - the presence of one of more blood clots that partially or completely block a vein - can result in a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Over the years at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, we have had experience in dealing with problems associated with orthopedic procedures. Some cases that come to mind include a man whose hip joint had to be removed because of infection and improper preparation; a man whose shoulder required replacement because an arthroscopic procedure was done poorly; and a boy whose arm had to be amputated because a fracture was not properly set. We have represented individuals who have developed life-threatening blood clots whose origins are similar to the blood clot from which Mariano Rivera suffers. These are medical problems about which one should be on guard when undergoing orthopedic procedures. Total Knee Replacement article
The Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder represent people injured due to the negligence of doctors, nurses, technicians, and other health care providers across Connecticut. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, send us an email or give us a call at 203-583-8634.