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Podiatry Malpractice

Podiatry Malpractice

Experienced Albany Podiatry Malpractice Attorney

Serving Victims in Albany, Saratoga, Troy, Schenectady and all of Upstate New York

Podiatrists are foot doctors – they specialize in conditions of the feet, ankles, and nearby areas. A podiatrist may treat anything from an ingrown toenail to fallen arches (“flat feet”). Unfortunately, malpractice is not uncommon. However, it can be challenging to win a malpractice claim against a stingy insurance company or a stubborn doctor concerned about his reputation. If you have suffered an injury due to Medical Malpractice don’t hesitate to call a knowledgeable Albany Podiatry Malpractice Attorney to discuss your case.

Podiatric Training

There are about 14,000 podiatrists in the U.S. Podiatrists do not hold MDs. A qualified podiatrist must have graduated from one of seven podiatric medicine schools in the U.S. that offer four-year degrees that are similar to an MD degree but more specialized. In New York, podiatrists are required to undergo one year of post-graduate hospital training after graduation.

Bases of Malpractice Claims

Podiatry treatment may be sought for bone spurs, bunions, ingrown toenails, flat feet, diabetes-related foot problems, and other conditions. The most common bases of podiatric malpractice claims are:

  • Improper surgical technique
  • Lack of informed consent
  • Post-operative infection
  • Excessive pain
  • Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Inadequate post-operative care
  • Failure to timely refer the patient to another specialist
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