Losing a limb is a traumatic experience, no matter how necessary or inevitable the situation may have been. However, for most patients, the idea of losing a limb due to an accident or carelessness is unthinkable. The medical community thinks so too—amputation (also known as “wrong-site surgery”) is listed as 1 of 7 “never events” that medical professionals agree should never happen under any circumstances.
An amputation may be necessary because of circulation problems caused by diabetes, cancer, or other diseases. However, delayed or inadequate treatment, a misdiagnosis, and even surgical mistakes could all be potential causes of unnecessary limb loss or amputation. Roughly 2,000 wrong-site surgeries are performed each year, resulting in hundreds of limbs lost due to carelessness and preventable mistakes.
Complications that may arise from amputations make a difficult situation even more frustrating for the patient. Patients may require additional surgery, prosthetic limbs, or physical therapy. Further, it is a disability that patients must adapt to and live with for the rest of their lives.
If you lost a limb or were subjected to an unnecessary surgery, call us at 410.951.8744.
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The majority of amputations are performed due to vascular issues, or problems involving a patient’s blood vessels. These are referred to as dysvascular amputations. They account for 82% of all amputations performed. Amputations may also stem from trauma (such as a car accident or construction injury) or certain types of cancer in which treatment involves removing limbs affected by the disease.
Amputation malpractice can occur in a variety of forms. Whether the amputation is caused by gangrene, infections, surgical mistakes, delayed diagnoses, nursing home abuse or neglect, or an adverse reaction to medications, it is important to speak with a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney if you believe negligence may have played a part in your injury.
If you have suffered as a result of a doctor’s negligence, there’s no reason for you not to seek damages in court. Murphy, Falcon & Murphy represents medical malpractice clients on a contingency fee basis—which means we front the costs of investigation and litigation.
Contingency fees also mean the case is on our shoulders. If you secure compensation, only then will we collect our fee. Otherwise, our services are performed at no cost to you. Simply put, you have nothing to lose by seeking justice with our firm.
Call 410.951.8744 for your free consultation.