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Detroit Lawyer Files Hip Dysplasia Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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Detroit medical malpractice lawyer Lawrence J. Buckfire recently filed a lawsuit against a local pediatrician.  The lawsuit alleges that the pediatrician failed to timely diagnose the condition of hip dysplasia in an infant.  Hip dysplasia is the medical name used to describe a problem with formation of the hip joint in children. The location of the problem can be either the ball of the hip joint, the socket of the hip joint, or both. If diangosed early in infancy, there are non-surgical conservative treatments available to correct the condition.  

Our lawsuit alleges that the treating pediatrician failed to perform the necessary screening tests for this condition.  All pediatricians and physicians treating infants are trained in performing these tests and diagnosing this condition.  If the condition is suspected, the pediatrician is obligated to refer the child to an orthopedic specialist and request radiology studies, like a hip ultrasound, to confirm the condition.  The pediatrician in our case did not do this, which resulted in a delayed diagnosis.  As a result, the infant underwent a significant surgical procedure and has continuing problems.  

The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court.  There has been no trial date set by the court.
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