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Orthopedic Surgeon Vindicated by Jury

Ed Mitchell and Jessica Harlow recently successfully defended a local physician against a medical malpractice claim in the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas.

The case involved the treatment of severe grade II open ankle fracture that occurred during a jet skiing accident. Both the tibia and fibula were fractured in the accident, and the ankle was severely dislocated. The claimed negligence related to the prophylactic antibiotics prescribed and an alleged failure to recognize a post-surgical infection earlier. Plaintiff claimed his subsequent infection caused a worsening of his ankle, requiring an additional fusion surgery.

The physician denied negligence, and defended the choice of antibiotics. The physician also noted that infection was a known complication of the injury, and that the infection did not cause the subsequent ankle problems of the Plaintiff. Those problems related to the initial injury and the severity of the damage done to the ankle in the jet ski collision.

Following a three day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the physician, finding the physician was not negligent in his care and treatment of the Plaintiff. No appeal has been filed. The case was tried before the Honorable Richard A. Gray.