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Diagnosis of Treatment of Injury to Tarsometatarsal Joint Complex Explained by Expert Witness

The more complicated and complex types of injuries and medical conditions require the hire and use of an expert witness, and these professionals are able to explain and confirm diagnosis of these ailments. Joint injuries, diseases and medical complications necessitate additional experts that understand how the workings of the body lead to or are damaged by medical professionals.

The Tarsometatarsal joint injury is a form of dislocation that may have profound impact on the ability for the patient to move. The treatment is prescribed based on the factors surrounding the damage caused and how it affects the individual. If the injury was due to an external force, this could lead to other complications. However, when the damage is from an internal impediment, the diagnosis and treatment may be different. These factors will then determine how well the patient responds and if treatment and medication need to change. The expert is hired when there is possible malpractice, or the victim of the injury needs to litigate against a medical facility or professional.

The tarsometatarsal joint complex or TMC is usually explained as an injury to the midfoot location of the body. Many that suffer from these conditions have been in an automobile
collision, and industrial accident or similar situations. Sometimes the victim’s injuries are not clearly diagnosed when partial spontaneous reduction of the area of the join is masking what has truly occurred to the location. This could lead to a misdiagnosis or a failure to provide the correct treatment. An expert is then hired to confirm a claim based on these issues. He or she will explain the problems, the injury and the treatment needed for recovery.

The Expert Witness in Diagnosis of Treatment

When a professional has been hired, he or she is usually in the medical field or has extensive experience with the healthcare arena for medical injuries or diagnosis problems. The expert may be tasked with examining the injury itself, understanding if the diagnosis was correct or delayed and how the incident caused complications for the patient. By inspecting these factors, he or she may determine if another course of treatment is needed or if compensation is the only way for recovery along with an additional surgery. Often, litigation based on medical claims involve negligence and malpractice. Then, the patient will generally require additional procedures.

Examination and assessment of the original diagnosis, the treatment suggested and the incident is crucial to determining if any errors were made originally. In dislocations and fractures of these areas, the first diagnosis could lead to further complications when it is even slightly incorrect. The treatment may provide useless results and could, in certain circumstances, cause further injury. Then, the patient could have mobility problems later or lose use of his or her affected limbs. Then, compensation may increase to ensure he or she is able to recover from these additional injuries. The expert will need to explain these problems and the severity to the judge or jury.

The Injury and Treatment

The expert witness is hired to explain the diagnosis, the diagnosis of treatment and whether there are any problems or errors with these and if they affect the victim of the incident. If the client has been in an accident that affected the joint area to lead to the TMC, he or she would have gone to a doctor immediately following the collision. Many wounds are not apparent when seen by a physician initially, but there may be some indication about if the force impact affects the joint areas. If the TMC problem is not caught, the diagnosis and treatment may be in opposition with detriment to future treatment or medication similar to other injuries. This could extend the therapy time for recovery, cause internal damage if the medicine is incorrect or useless surgery.

When the diagnosis and treatment correspond, the patient would have surgery performed within the first few weeks once the damage has been sustained. The expert would explain what this would entail and how it would affect the patient during and after the procedure. When negligence is present, additional damage may be caused by a doctor due to a misdiagnosis or misunderstanding of what is needed. The expert would need to explain how additional treatment and surgery may be needed and how compensation is crucial to recovery from these situations. Then, it may be possible for the victim to become whole through therapy and rest.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

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