How Can Medical Negligence Result in Amputation?

How Can Medical Negligence Result in Amputation?

Amputations Injuries Caused by Medical Negligence

When we think of amputation injuries, we usually think of catastrophic accidents that result in severed limbs. However, sometimes, these terrible and life-altering injuries can be caused by medical negligence. If you suffered a loss of limb or extremity due to a medical professional’s negligent actions, you will need the skilled assistance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney to ensure that you will be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages and your pain and suffering.

How Can Medical Negligence Result in Amputation?

Amputations are sometimes necessary. For example, if you were injured in a car accident and the limb cannot be saved, amputation may be necessary. Unfortunately however, in some cases, a patient’s limbs or extremities might be amputated unnecessarily. When you believe this has occurred, you need to speak with an attorney.

These are some of the most common causes of amputation injuries caused by medical negligence:

  • Wrong-site surgery: This is a type of error that is often referred to as “never event” due to the severe and devastating nature of it. In other words, a wrong-site surgery should never happen. If a patient needs a limb amputated and the surgeon amputates the wrong limb, this egregious mistake can change the life of the patient forever.
  • Failure to treat blood clots: Monitoring a patient after a procedure is crucial to ensure he or she does not develop a dangerous blood clot. When post-operative blood clots are undiagnosed and left untreated, it could result in the necessitation of amputation surgery.
  • Failure to treat trauma: Physicians are trained that patients who have recently sustained a trauma, such as a car accident, may develop internal swelling in their limbs, which is known as Compartment Syndrome. This syndrome requires immediate treatment to release the pressure inside a person’s limbs, especially in legs. Failing to properly treat this dangerous syndrome can result in devastating injuries that require amputation of a limb. Proper diagnosis and treatment of Compartment Syndrome can prevent the amputation of the limb.
  • Infection: Infections are common after surgical procedures, which is another reason why post-operative care is so important. When left untreated, a severe infection can also require an amputation surgery that could have been avoided with proper care.
  • Incorrect medication: In severe cases, administering or prescribing the wrong dosage of medication or the incorrect type of medication can result in the loss of a limb.
  • Misdiagnosis: When certain conditions and diseases are not properly diagnosed or not diagnosed on time, this risks the worsening or spread of it, which can result in a need for amputation surgery of an affected limb.

Contact Our Knowledgeable Florida Medical Malpractice Team Today!

If you suffered an amputation injury that was caused by medical negligence, now is the time to take legal action and hold the responsible party liable for your injury. At David C. Rash, P.A. in Florida, our medical malpractice team has a reputation for excellence and is backed by over two decades of experience.

Begin filing your medical malpractice lawsuit today and contact our team at (954) 914-7116 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our trusted attorneys.


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