About two million Americans currently live with amputations. Losing an arm, a leg, a hand, or any other body part can be a tragic life experience. Not only is the loss disfiguring, but it can also be permanently disabling. While prosthetics can help amputees regain some use, the loss changes life forever.
Unfortunately, amputations do happen. However, when the loss happens because a doctor made a mistake, the loss is especially shocking. Patients trust doctors and nurses with their lives, so when mistakes are made, the consequences are alarming. There are times when a mistake will require an amputation to save a patient’s life. Amputations are generally an option of last resort.
Amputation is medically necessary for a variety of reasons including:
- Circulation Problems: Poor circulation prevents blood from delivering oxygen and nutrients to organs and tissues. Because this causes tissue to die, amputation may be necessary.
- Dangerous Infections: Infections that don’t respond to treatment can cause tissue to die, leaving to an amputation to prevent the spread of the infection.
- Malignant Tumors: Cancerous tumors in a limb may require amputation.
- Serious Injuries: Crushing injuries, car crash burns, or workplace accidents can all lead to injuries serious enough to require amputation.
How Do Amputation Errors Happen?
There are many factors that can contribute to amputation errors, but some of the most common causes include:
- Diagnosing the wrong medical condition
- Errors in the patient’s medical chart
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat a medical condition
Whose Fault Is It?
Wrongful amputation claims involve a detailed analysis of medical records and consultations with experts. This allows medical malpractice lawyers to determine which parties may be at fault. When a hospital, doctor, nurse, or other medical professional fails to administer proper care, they should be held responsible.
Contact an Amputation Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love has been impacted by an unnecessary or wrongful amputation, you may have a medical malpractice claim. The safest way to determine if you have a case is to contact the experienced amputation lawyers at Lopez McHugh LLP today.