An amputation injury lawyer can help if you suffered an amputation as a result of negligence or medical malpractice. Amputations that occur after a motor vehicle accident, burn injury, or other catastrophic injury deserve the attention of a lawyer experienced with amputations and the devastating impact these injuries have on victims. Over 185,000 amputations are performed annually. The loss of a limb affects an individual’s physical, emotional, and mental wellness. An amputation injury lawyer can help secure your future and assist financially with your recovery.
Amputations Caused by Accidents
About a quarter of amputations are caused by a traumatic injury or accident. The most common causes for amputations due to accidents include motor vehicle accidents, occupational accidents, farming accidents, fire and explosion accidents and electrocution accidents. After these types of accidents, a surgeon removes damaged bone or tissue while trying to preserve as much skin, tissue, and nerves as possible. The goal is often to reconstruct the remaining muscle and bone at the surgical site to accommodate a prosthetic in the future.
Amputations due to Medical Malpractice
Most medical malpractice claims for leg amputation fall into two categories: surgical errors and failure to diagnose. Surgical errors occur when a physician fails to monitor and manage post-operative complications. Complications such as infections can result in blood clots or other medical conditions that impede blood circulation to the extremity.
The most frequent cause of malpractice claims for leg amputations is failure to diagnose. These types of claims involve a doctor who fails to diagnose a medical condition, or when diagnosis is greatly delayed. For example, a doctor who dismisses a patient’s leg pain without performing diagnostic imaging could result in a missed clot that results in amputation.
Nursing home malpractice can also lead to amputations. In many instances, elderly patients and patients that cannot reposition themselves need to be repositioned by nursing staff. In some cases, this needs to be done every hour to prevent the formation of pressure ulcers a/k/a bed sores. Pressure ulcers can become infected and lead to painful amputation injuries that were otherwise preventable if the patient was repositioned as required by the patient’s care plan. If this happened to you or someone you love, you should consult an amputation attorney immediately.
Recovery after Amputation
A patient who undergoes an amputation often undergoes an extended period for recovery and healing. Physical therapy can help the patient learn to negotiate daily tasks with the missing limb. The patient may experience a sensation called phantom pain and require medication to manage it. Amputations affect a person’s body image and emotional health, as well. Psychotherapy may be recommended to address depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder spurred by the amputation.
Costs of Amputation and Recovery
Amputation can have devastating financial complications. Prosthetic limbs can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Additionally, the person often must undergo many hours of physical therapy treatments. Often a person suffering an amputation suffers lost wages from time away from work while recovering and learning how to negotiate life without their limb. The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association lists that foot or leg amputation costs between $30,000 – $60,000 in up-front hospital costs, and up to $60,000 in additional costs for follow-up care. However, these costs vary by location and, in some instances, can greatly exceed these amounts.
Contact the Amputation Injury Attorneys at Wieand Law Firm, LLC
The attorneys at the Wieand Law Firm, LLC are experienced personal injury attorneys. We represent individuals who have suffered an amputation due to an accident or medical malpractice. Our firm offers free consultations to listen and learn about your individual case. We can provide the legal guidance and help you to understand if you may have a claim. Call us today at 215-666-777 or send us a message to talk with one of our attorneys.