<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Helvetica, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Freckles:
My 14 yr old son was in a dirt bike accident 1 1/2 years ago. At the time we had x-rays done at a hospital then 4 days later we went to a orthopedic surgeon. His right hand was broken, which the hospital did not catch, and they said his right leg was badly bruised with some ligament damage. The surgeon said for him to quit using crutches and try to walk on it. He had 4 weeks of physical therapy. He has continued to have swelling in his knee and back problems. Last week we took him to see a new orthopedic surgeon and he told us from the x-rays from a year ago that his leg was broken. Now he needs to a have surgery on his knee and his leg is 1/2 inch shorter than the other. Would we have a case?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
On its face, your post describes what could very well be medical malpractice. However, even with such apparent, and poor sounding, medical treatment and surgeries, only another doctor can render such an opinion. Basically, you take your case to an attorney who is knowledgeable in medical malpractice. If that attorney accepts your son's case, the attorney will then attempt to obtain another doctor's opinion. The overall opinion will include an opinion as to whether the medical care your son received was "below the standard of care in the community." This is important, because the "Standard of Care" in Los Angeles, could be far and away different than, say, Boca Raton, Florida. Then, that doctor must also be will to testify against his fellow doctors; and, therein lies the rub.
Find a medical malpractice attorney first. See if that attorney can recommend further investigation of your son's medical reports, nurses notes, x-rays, etc. by another doctor. If so, you may be off and running.
Good luck to you.
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