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Ongoing: Man Sues Azzo Orthopedics Over Botched Knee Replacement

Attorneys Dean Hartley and Mark R. Staun are representing a West Virginia man in a medical malpractice lawsuit for a surgical error that lead to further serious injury, additional medical procedures, infection, and all the pain and suffering that comes with it all.

Kenneth Dean claims to have suffered a knee injury on April 1, 2014 and that he went to Bluefield Regional Medical Center the next day, complaining of pain in his knee. A CT scan revealed a femoral fracture above the knee. Dr. Walid H. Azzo was consulted on April 3, 2014.

The suit claims that Dr. Azzo performed surgrey to repair the fracture, but missed the target when attempting to place a screw and drilled through the femoral cortex. Kenneth Dean was then instructed via post-operative orders to bear weight as tolerated with a walker.

On April 16, 2014, Azzo instructed Dean to bear weight on the leg as tolerated and, four days later, Dean was standing with his walker when he heard a loud pop as his femur snapped. He fell to the floor and it took over an hour for him to crawl to a phone and call 9-1-1. He was taken by ambulance to fairgrounds in Tazewell, VA, where he was air-lifted to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN.

The lawsuit claims that Dean was treated in the ER, but due to the complexity of his case, Dean was then taken in an ambulance to Holsten Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. Dr. Daniel Krenk performed multiple procedures to repair the damage to Dean's leg and knee. His operative report confirmed that Azzo had missed the target when placing the screw, leading to a weakening of the femoral cortex of the bone in the area.

Kenneth Dean underwent an additional knee revision on January 9, 2015 and developed an infection after that surgery, which required a long bout of intravenous antibiotics.

The suit claims that Azzo breached the standard of care and that his employer, Azzo Orthopedics, is liable for Azzo's actions.

Read our previous blog on this case here.

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