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Knee Replacement

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Knee Replacement

Postby Sahale » Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:50 pm

my mom is 75 yrs old and just had knee replacement surgery and since the operation her knee seems to be fine, but she now has drop foot. her ankel was fine before surgery and now she has drop foot and the surgeon says he was at a lost for words on a follow up visit after she was released from hospital, he seems to think she got drop foot from a machine they hooked up after surgery. the machine was suppose to move leg up and down, and he seems to think her leg was resting in a bad spot on device. she has numbness in her foot now and in parts of her lower leg. i think surgeon messed up somewhere. like i said her foot was fine before surgery. have you any advice for me.                              jeff trombetta
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Knee Replacement

Postby Turi » Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:09 pm

You can guess nerve damage from the surgery, and that would point to malpractice. Drop foot is almost always the result of nerve damage. You should visit some lawyers to find one who will take her case.

Lawyers may be reluctant to handle a malpractice case for her because of several problems that will come up. First, she will have to show sufficient damages(money loss, and pain and suffering) to warrant a lawyer's spending several thousand to build his case. Also, while 75 is no longer thought of as ancient, juries are slow to give the elderly much money in a verdict. And then to win a case such as hers, the lawyer is going to have to pay at least two experts during trial, and these guys cost big bucks these days.

I am not trying to discourage you. Go talk to some malpractice lawyers and see what you can do. Someone will be angry enough and hungry enough to take the case.  
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