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Do I have a case

Ok on March 1st 2019 I had surgery on my right
pointer finger due to two torn tendons. The
surgery went fine I followed up with the
surgeon 4 days later after that I never heard
from them again. I have reached out to them on
more then one occasion to get my stitches
removed never got back to me. Fast forward to
April 21st I finally had them removed the
hospital said there’s permanent damage to it
now due to no proper follow up after surgery my
hand was in a ace bandage for almost 2 months
and my finger is still fractured due to no cask
or splint put on after surgery so do you all
feel I have a case?

Asked on April 27, 2019 under Malpractice Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If there is medical evidence (e.g,. the opinion of medical professionals), as appears to be the case, that the surgeon you went to was negligent, or unreasonably careless, in not following up (i.e. any reasonable doctor in his position would have been expected to do follow-up), then this is likely malpractice. Whether it's economically worth pursuing depends on the extent of the permanent damage and its impact on your life (e.g. chronic pain and/or losss of function), as well as any additional out-of-pocket medical costs the lack of follow-up causes you to incur. Medical malpractice cases are very expensive: they are generally not worth pursuing for less than several tens of thousands, if not over a hundred thousand, dollars worth of possible compensation. 
A good idea is to consult with a local medical malpratice attorney about your case: many such lawyers provide a free initial consultation to evalute cases, and you can confirm this before making the appointment. The lawyer can help determine if this is a worthwhile case or not.


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