What to Do If You Have a Podiatry Malpractice Claim
A doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) is licensed to treat foot problems and even perform foot surgeries, though he is not a medical doctor. Most of the time, these surgeries are conducted in the podiatrist's office rather than a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. As a result, if complications arise, they can quickly become more serious than if they occurred in a hospital. One of the prime difficulties is infection. If an infection is not handled quickly, it can lead to further complications and sometimes more surgeries. There are cases where toes, the foot, or the entire leg have needed to be amputated. Other examples of possible negligence can involve receiving multiple or even unnecessary surgeries by a podiatrist when less risky procedures could have been effective. Then again, improperly using instruments or poor technique might also be cause for a claim.