Currently, approximately two million people in America are living with an amputation. Amputations are known to be caused by tragic incidents like car accidents and military combat. These types of catastrophic events usually entail amputation because of a severe injury, where there is no way to avoid losing the limb. Medical malpractice, however, is a different story.
When the amputation is caused by a medical practitioner’s mistake, the consequences are just as devastating – but knowing that the limb could have been saved haunts forever. Most medical malpractice situations involving amputations are caused by neglect or wrongful surgery. The medical professional may have failed to diagnose that the arm or leg is infected, or performed surgery on the wrong patient or limb.
Other amputation medical malpractice circumstances include:
- Information mix-up or chart errors
- Surgical sponge was left in the limb
- Postoperative blood clots were not treated
- Wrongfully administered medication
Medical neglect is more common than you may think, and the reason why we are bringing light to the issue is because we are handling not one, but two leg amputation cases both involving neglect. The individuals were not diagnosed by their podiatrist, who failed to look into the pain further. The neglect led to the amputation of the leg in both cases. Our lawyers are representing the claims, devising legal strategies for each aimed towards getting them the settlement they deserve.
Dealing with an amputation can be a devastating experience, emotionally and physically. The removal of the arm, leg, finger, or toe is not only disfiguring, but is permanently disabling. Recovery is a slow process, and the familiar way of living must be altered to accommodate the missing limb. On top of that, amputees must face paying for medical bills, their prosthetic, and any other living finances. Recovering compensation for the medical mistake – if it is determined that there is one – provides immense assistance to the amputee.
While we handle many types of cerebral palsy claim cases, we are also extremely savvy in medical malpractice claims across the spectrum. We are passionate about helping our clients and will stop at nothing to fight for their rights. When filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice of an amputation, there are a number of parties that can be sued.
Fortunately, those who have had an amputation usually regain much functionality and mobility and can re-enter the workforce once they have healed. However, life isn’t quite the same. Therefore, if you feel that your amputation was caused by medical malpractice, you should consult with a cerebral palsy injury lawyer here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC. We can give you a leg up regarding your medical malpractice situation. Give us a call today.