If you lost a limb after a medical procedure or because an infection was not promptly diagnosed, you may have a medical malpractice claim against a doctor, hospital and others.
Compensation can include amounts for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost suffering. Pain and suffering can include physical pain, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement and loss of quality of life.
The amount of compensation depends on the facts of the case, including the age, occupation and lifestyle of the amputee. You can talk to a lawyer at our law firm with no cost or obligation.
If your amputation was caused by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other medical professional, you may be able to sue several parties. In many medical malpractice cases that we handle, we pursue claims against a hospital and a doctor.
There are many possible scenarios. Below are some examples:
- A leg has to be amputated because a surgical sponge was left in a leg.
- Post-operative blood clots are not treated, and both legs have to be amputated below the knee.
- The wrong arm is surgically removed (arm amputation lawsuit).
- A misdiagnosed knee infection spreads and becomes life-threatening, requiring the leg to be amputated above the knee.
- A wrongly-administered medication (usually the wrong dose or the wrong method of administration).
Can I Sue if My Leg Was Amputated because of an Infection after Knee Surgery?
Yes, you may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if your leg was amputated because:
- the surgeon failed to diagnose the infection until it was too late to save the leg;
- your infection can be linked to a contaminated medical device or medication injected into your knee (or elsewhere) during the initial knee surgery; or
- an inappropriately administered medication causes blood clots, that result in a gangrenous limb.
These are particularly complex cases that can include claims against a doctor, hospital, pharmacy and/or pharmaceutical company.
Can I Sue if a Leg Has to Be Amputated Because a Surgical Sponge was Accidentally Left in after Surgery?
Yes, if a surgical sponge or anything else is negligently left in your leg after surgery, you can sue for all resulting harm, including having to have part of your leg removed. Although it seems impossible for this to happen, it does, and it is negligence.
If this or another medical error has resulted in the amputation of an arm, hand, finger, leg, foot or toe, you may have grounds for a malpractice lawsuit.
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