The only way to know if you have a medical malpractice case is to retain a local medical malpractice lawyer who can order your medical records and send them to an expert to review to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
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In my view, you would not have a viable claim. Healing problems after a knee surgery are very common. Healing can be impaired by infection, scar tissue, cyst development, and just natural human-to-human variances in healing. There is nothing a surgeon can do to avoid this. Now, I hear that your argument would be: but wait, shouldn't the doctor have diagnosed the existence of the cyst sooner? The answer is 'possibly.' But the eventual course of your recovery would not have changed in any demonstrable way. You would still have needed the radiology to investigate the source of the slow, painful recovery. You still would have needed a surgery to deal with the cyst. None of the expenses and trouble attached to these things can be part of your legal "damage model" as these things would have happened even had the first surgeon done precisely what you would have liked for him to have done.
Of course, the devil is in the details with most medical negligence claims. I recommend that you have a conversation with an attorney in Alaska that has experience handling medical malpractice claims. Use avvo or google to find the right attorney.
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