Around 185,000 amputations occur annually in the United States, as reported by the Amputee Coalition. By 2050, an estimated 3.6 million people would have had limb loss. When a patient loses a limb as a result of medical negligence, it can have a traumatizing effect on them and their loved ones.
An amputation is a devastating event that requires extensive medical care and creates a myriad of problems for the person and their loved ones. Injured parties who have had limbs amputated often cannot go back to work in the same capacity as before the incident. Professional athletes, delivery drivers, and chefs are particularly at risk. Loss of a hand, arm, leg, or foot could prevent these patients from continuing in their career roles. A healthcare provider found guilty of medical malpractice may be held liable for an aggrieved patient’s current and future economic losses. The statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice suit and the maximum award for damages that can be obtained varies from one state to the next. If you think you’ve been the victim of medical negligence, you should talk to the lawyers at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano. We have several offices throughout Upstate New York to better serve our clients who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice. The success we’ve had for our clients in cases involving medical negligence is a direct reflection of our years of experience in the industry.
To save a person’s life, amputation is often the only option. However, amputations are often the result of medical errors that could have been avoided with better care. These errors can include things like failing to properly diagnose a condition, failing to treat an infection that spreads after surgery or due to an improperly maintained wound, failing to treat existing blood clots or internal bleeding that can cause poor circulation in the limbs, medication errors due to improper prescription, lack of careful patient monitoring, and failure to treat a patient’s symptoms. Complications after amputation are more common in people with diabetes, prior infections, and cardiovascular disease. So, during diagnosis and therapy, medical professionals must take each patient’s history of health issues into account.