A broken or fractured bone is a painful and inconvenient injury, but the treatment for a fracture is a relatively simple matter of setting the bone and immobilizing the area. This can be achieved with a cast or split, which allows the re-aligned bone to knit back together properly as the body heals itself.
Frustratingly, however, if the medical professional treating the injury fails to properly set the bone before splinting the limb or applying a cast, the patient’s fracture will begin the healing process without the proper alignment necessary to a full recovery. Such a defect is called a malunion and can result in serious repercussions and complications.
Effects of Malunions
Mistakes in the treatment of fractured bones are unfortunately common. When a doctor makes an error in setting a fractured bone, the victim may experience such complications as:
- Mobility limitations of the affected body part
- Death and decay of parts of the bone tissue
- Infections within the bone
- A decrease in the overall length of the affected limb
Medical professionals are expected to carry out their duties in a competent and effective manner, and the consequences of failing in that responsibility are frequently serious for the victims.
If negligent medical treatment has resulted in you or a loved one suffering from a bone malunion, you may be entitled to compensation for any ensuing medical expenses. The Des Moines medical malpractice attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., will work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests as the victim of personal injury. Call today at (515) 705-0233 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.