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Infection from Hip Replacement Leads to Lawsuit

The Ansted Center is being named as the defendant by a woman who is suing them on alleged negligence and medical malpractice.

According to court documents, the heirs of Mescal Fern Osborne’s estate have named Ansted Center, Scott Keffer Inc., which is doing business as Mountain Medical Associates; and Dr. Scott Allen Keffer as defendants in the lawsuit.

In the complaint filed in Fayette Circuit Court, Osborne was under the defendants’ care from December 20, 2012, through Dec. 28, 2012, and from Jan. 2, 2013, through Jan. 8, 2013.

Osborne underwent a total hip replacement on November 12, 2012, and was discharged four days later on November 16, 2012. On December 14, 2012 Osborne was later readmitted to Ruby Memorial Hospital for a suspected infection of the right prosthetic hip, and had to undergo an incision in order to drain the infection site and to exchange the polyethylene liner. The Infectious Disease Department at Ruby Hospital was also consulted regarding the incident. The department recommended a course of intravenous Vancomycin and Ceftar for a period of six weeks.
On December 15, 2012, Osborne began the recommended course of treatment and was discharged to the care of the Ansted Center on December 20th, 2012.
The lawsuit claims that while under care of the Ansted Center, Osborne did not receive Ceftazidime on numerous occasions and had to be readmitted to Ruby Hospital on December 28, January 8, and on January 16, 2016 it was determined that the infection in Osborne’s right hip could not be eradicated without the explanation of the artificial limb. On January 16th, the hardware and explants were removed and a hip spacer was put into place.
As a result, Osborne never recovered physically or mentally and she was discharged into hospice care on January 31, 2013. She later died on February 7, 2013.

The plaintiffs in the case allege that Ansted Center and the other named defendants in the case were in violation of the MPLA and allege that they were negligent in their actions.

Every medical professional, like any other type of professional, is liable to perform their duties as a professional to a certain standard of care. Even though there are always risks connected to any given medical procedure such as a hip replacement in a case like this one, that patient has a reasonable expectation that their doctor will do everything possible to help.

Because patients and their family entrust their health and care to the hands of a physician or other healthcare professional and that the best care possible will always be provided no matter what, sometimes things can go wrong. It takes an experienced malpractice attorney to know when medical malpractice has occurred so that they can best represent their clients in cases of medical malpractice and medical negligence.

At Bottar Leone, PLLC, our malpractice attorneys have years of experience and expertise representing patients and their loved ones in malpractice and medical negligence cases. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, contact us today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, continuing therapies, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering or wrongful death. Contact us today to schedule a free, in-depth consultation and evaluation of your case.

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