The orthopaedist and the workers’ compensation patient

By William J. Holt, MD

A cautionary tale of patient care and professional liability

Orthopaedic surgeons are commonly asked to care for patients who have been injured in the course of their employment. Some of these injuries are employment-specific, such as a mangled hand from a punch-press injury; others are similar to those encountered in everyday practice, such as an ankle fracture from a “slip-and-fall” at work, acute or chronic back pain, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

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