Medical Malpractice In Amputation Or Loss Of Use
Was A Loss Of Limb The Result Of Medical Negligence?
Few words are more horrifying to a patient than “We need to amputate” or “We had to take the limb.”
Surgical amputation may be necessary to save a person’s life. Partial amputation may be necessary to preserve some function or avoid a full amputation. But sometimes loss of limb or loss of use can be traced to medical errors in diagnosis, surgery or related treatment.
The Mount Laurel law firm Ginsberg & O'Connor, P.C., can help uncover the truth and pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit for preventable amputation. We offer a free consultation and welcome cases throughout New Jersey.
The Tragedy Of An Unnecessary Or Avoidable Amputation
The loss of a hand or arm, or the loss of a foot or leg, creates physical, financial and psychological hardships. Although medical science has made tremendous advances in prosthetics and bionics, there is no substitute for one’s own limbs.
Lost earning capacity or total disability can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prostheses and physical therapy are expensive. Many amputees suffer “phantom” sensations in the missing limb. Damages in a lawsuit may also cover disfigurement, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Why Did This Happen?
In the case of a surgical amputation, the question arises whether the doctors had no choice but to remove the arm or leg. Did they bring in a specialist or get a second opinion? Did they make an effort to save the limb?
Our investigation also addresses the chain of events that led to the decision to amputate. If it stemmed from an injury, is there someone else, such as an automobile driver, who shares liability? In the event of a work-related amputation injury, is a third party responsible such as a property owner, machinery manufacturer or subcontractor?
Was the amputation the result of neuropathy such as diabetes or infection such as gangrene? If so, did the doctors fail to diagnose the underlying problem or provide proper and timely treatment that might have prevented loss of limb?
Lack of informed consent can be grounds for medical malpractice. Was the patient informed or the family consulted before amputation? Even when the doctors believe it is the best option, it is a life-changing decision.
Also, loss of use of a limb (paralysis or partial paralysis) can be as devastating and disabling as an amputation. What caused the nerve damage or crush injury?
We Pursue Your Compensation At No Upfront Cost
Our lawyers have handled medical malpractice since 1992, with a proven record of verdicts and settlements. If we determine that you have a good case, we fund the costs of litigation. We collect no attorney fees unless we secure compensation through negotiation or trial.