Plaintiff, a bricklayer, fell 16 feet from a ladder at work. He was seen in the emergency department of Stroger Hospital and then at County’s Orthopedic Clinic. He was diagnosed with a severely comminuted fracture of his left heel. The fracture was treated non-operatively. Plaintiff contended he should have been given the option of surgical intervention and he would have had a better outcome. The defense asserted the Plaintiff was advised of treatment alternatives and told he was not a candidate for surgery due to his long history of smoking and foot swelling, the surgical risks of infection and would breakdown were too high to justify and potential benefit from surgery, and medical literature indicated that for patients similar to Plaintiff, the outcome is the same for both operative and non-operative treatment.
Verdict: Not Guilty
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Category: Foot Injuries, Medical Malpractice, Other