According to the Amputee Coalition, an estimated 60% of all amputations are preventable. The loss of a limb can be shattering for a patient and their family, but even more so if the amputation was a direct result of medical malpractice. Learn more about amputation, and when preventable amputation becomes a medical malpractice claim.
When an Amputation is Necessary
Amputations are necessary for many medical reasons and sometimes can even mean the difference between life and death. Amputation is implemented to prevent an infection from spreading, alleviate vascular issues caused by diabetes, or for the treatment of an injury such as a vehicle accident.
Amputation and Medical Malpractice
Amputation is considered medical malpractice when the doctor or medical professional assigned to the case is negligent. Examples of medical malpractice related to amputation include the following:
- A doctor improperly applies a cast causing compartment syndrome, leading to damage to a limb.
- A medical professional fails to diagnose and treat an infection before it worsens.
- A medical professional improperly cares for a wound, causing infection.
- The medical professional operates on the wrong limb or damages a limb during surgery.
- Surgical complications arise and the medical professional fails to adhere to the standard of care.
It’s important to note that amputations carry a higher risk for certain individuals. Patients with diabetes, preexisting infections, and heart disease are more prone to complications of amputations. If a doctor does not take their preexisting conditions into account, and a preventable amputation occurs, it could be considered medical malpractice.
Proving Medical Malpractice
If you believe that you are a victim of a preventable amputation, call the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek today. We will assess your case, and help prove (if sufficient) that the injury was a direct result of medical negligence. If your medical professional deviated from the standard of care, you may be the victim of medical malpractice.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.