Medical Malpractice

Successful Settlement - Knee Replacement Surgery Leads To Leg Amputation And Cardiac Arrest

Bradley Zimmerman

Medical Malpractice Leads To Amputation And Cardiac Arrest

The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm’s Managing Partner, Bradley S. Zimmerman, Esq., achieved a substantial settlement this week on behalf of the family of a 67-year-old man. Who was negligently cleared by his treating cardiologist and orthopedic surgeon to undergo knee replacement surgery.The Patient had many severe conditions in addition to his knee problems:

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Right Nephrectomy (Right Kidney Removed)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • End-stage Renal Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Multiple Prior Myocardial Infarctions (Heart Attacks)

The treating cardiologist testified that this Patient had the highest risk factors of any patient he had ever cleared for a knee replacement surgery.Following the surgery, the Patient’s hemoglobin levels dropped significantly inducing atrial fibrillation, but the treating doctors did nothing about this.

Despite the Patient bleeding significantly after surgery, blood transfusions were extremely delayed. As a result, the Patient developed a thrombotic occlusion - a clot traveled from his heart to underneath his metal implanted knee.

The Thrombotic Occlusion caused a lack of blood flow to his leg, which was so damaging that his leg had to be amputated.

The Patient spent the remainder of his life in rehabilitation therapy and unfortunately passed away approximately 18 months after the amputation.The doctors argued that the Patient was to blame because he had insisted on having his knee replaced. They also stated that the Patient’s complications were an accepted risk of the procedure.Notwithstanding these arguments, Brad ensured that the doctors were held accountable for their actions and the devastating injuries suffered by this man.