The thought of having to undergo an amputation to remove an arm, leg, or even just a finger or toe can be frightening to say the least. But what happens when someone goes in for surgery and the doctor amputates something in error? Or when a medical mistake results in the forced amputation of a limb in order to save the patient’s life? It almost sounds like a scene from a horror movie, but amputation malpractice happens. And when it does, there are steps to be taken in order to receive compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.
There are any number of scenarios in which amputation malpractice can occur, however the most common ones typically involve at least one of the following:
- Post-operative blood clots
- Misdiagnosed infections
- Surgical sponges being left in the body
- Incorrect medication administered
- Wrong dose or method of medication administered
- Incorrect limb or digit amputated
- Amputation done in error (not required)
Certainly there are plenty of other situations in which a patient may have been a victim of amputation malpractice, and every case is unique. Anyone who has lost a body part as a result of a medical error should consult with a medical attorney. He or she can review the case, determine if negligence exists and help determine next steps in order to get compensation for the injuries suffered.