Millions of people in the U.S., approximately one in five adults, have been diagnosed with arthritis, which is said to be the most common condition causing disability. Experts anticipate that the number of adults with arthritis will increase to 67 million by 2030.
There are many types of arthritis. Treatment approaches for pain and inflammation include medication, surgery, and non-pharmacologic therapies.
Litigation risks related to the diagnosis or treatment of arthritis include medical malpractice for provider acts and omissions and product liability related to medication or medical devices. Awards and settlements can be high reaching into the millions of dollars.
Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, manufacturers, and other potential parties to the litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and liability issues that can arise in connection with the diagnosis or treatment of arthritis.