Orthopedic medicine is the specialty that deals with disease or injury to bones and joints. Issues in orthopedic medicine include failure to diagnose fractures, improper treatment of fractures, and problems during joint replacement – but there are also other aspects to orthopedic care that can result in serious injury to an individual.
People who have fractures are at an increased risk of developing a potentially deadly complication known as pulmonary embolism. This is when a blood clot develops and blocks blood-flow between the heart and the lungs. There are medications and precautions that can prevent this occurrence, and orthopedists are supposed to know this.
Orthopedic operations are also just that – operations. All risks of negligence during an operative procedure come into play, including anesthesia errors, nursing errors, and surgical mistakes (such as negligently cutting nerves or blood vessels).