Wrongful Amputation: Patients Shouldn’t Pay for Medical Mistakes
For most health-conscious adults, running a 5K charity race is not especially challenging. That may be because most people that run 5Ks do so on two healthy legs. This is not the case for a Kansas man who raised money and ran to benefit muscular dystrophy causes ― on one leg and one prosthetic blade. What makes the story even more remarkable is the man lost his leg within the year.
No fault of his own
In this case, the man’s leg was tragically amputated after surgery to mend a broken ankle that left him hobbled and in pain with 14 screws keeping the bones together. After the man’s toes turned purple, it became clear that the surgery had not gone according to plan and his leg would need to be amputated below the knee. While this victim’s recovery has been nothing short of remarkable, the fact remains that he has been left without the normal use of one of his legs for the rest of his life due to a surgical error.
When doctors make mistakes
Postoperative care is crucial in every case in order to ensure recovery and prevent infection. If the proper monitoring is not carried out or the wrong medications are administered, the body may react in violent and dangerous ways. In the case of a New York woman, gangrene set in below her knees, requiring a double amputation due to a major infection and blood poisoning following routine gynecological surgery.
Similarly, a Texas man was recently awarded $10 million in damages to compensate him for the loss of one leg above the knee, all of the toes on one of his feet and all of his fingers. Following open-heart surgery and two follow-up surgeries, the hospital administered a blood thinner that caused excessive bleeding, leading to the amputations.
While patients are forced to live with their amputations for the rest of their lives, they should be compensated for the physical and emotional losses they experience. Quality legal representation is often the key to recovering the damages amputation victims deserve.