Medical Negligence That Could Lead To Limb Loss And How To Get Compensation For Your Injuries

Posted on: 7 September 2022

Errors made during medical treatment can cause severe consequences that might affect the patient's life and family for a long time. One of the most serious consequences of medical negligence is the loss of a limb, which can make it challenging for the patient to perform some tasks without assistance. When this happens because of your doctor's mistake, you can sue them and seek compensation for your injuries. The following are some medical negligence situations that could lead to limb loss and how to get compensation for your injuries. 

Examples of Medical Negligence Resulting in Limb Loss

Medical negligence can happen at different stages of the treatment process, including diagnosis. For instance, your doctor might fail to notice a blood clot when examining you after surgery or during your regular checkup. In this case, your clot might worsen, prompting your doctor to recommend amputation to treat the problem.

Leaving medical items inside your body during surgery can also cause serious infections that could require the removal of a limb. Using unsterile devices during surgery can cause infections that might be challenging to treat using medication. They might include catheters and therapy equipment.

Taking the wrong medicine or dosage can also cause complications requiring amputation. Your surgeon might also amputate the wrong limb if they don't review your medical report properly before a surgical operation.

A doctor who engages in these negligent behaviors should face the law for their actions. They are supposed to offer you a settlement that covers your medical expenses and other expenditures. However, that might only be possible if you hire a personal injury law attorney to prepare a strong case against the wrongdoer. 

Getting Compensation for These Injuries

Seeking compensation for wrongful amputations can be challenging because the negligent doctor and the facility might raise different arguments to deny liability. For instance, they might argue that the amputation was necessary for your treatment. Such an argument might make you fail to get compensation regardless of the extent of suffering caused by the doctor's negligence. That is why you should consider hiring a lawyer to fight for you. They will order a medical examination to prove that the amputation was unnecessary and that your doctor could have used other treatment procedures to treat your condition. Your lawyer will use this information to hold the negligent doctor responsible for your losses.

A wrongful amputation can cause significant financial losses, especially if you cannot work because of your condition. You can get compensation to cover all your losses by suing the health care professional who made the medical error. A personal injury law attorney can prepare a claim for you and hold the wrongdoer accountable for their error.

Contact a local law office, such as the Law Offices of Donald E. Green, P.C., to learn more.