hospital amputation surgery

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We have all heard the stories of patients undergoing what is seemingly a routine surgical procedure and ending up having the wrong limb operated on. While this sounds farfetched, it has become a growing epidemic over the last five years – largely as a result of overworked doctors and understaffed hospitals. These errors are more than stories on the news. For the victims involved these errors can mean the loss of a limb. It is estimated that thousands of patients suffer wrongful amputations each year. The effects are physically, emotionally and financially devastating. If you have been the victim of a wrongful amputation, you are entitled to compensation for your suffering and medical bills.

Contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. right away to learn more. Our team of skilled lawyers serve clients in Washington D.C., Baltimore and throughout Maryland.

Types of amputation errors

There are a number of types of amputation errors .The four most common are listed below:

  1. Operating on the wrong limb
  2. Failure to spot, diagnose and treat signs of decreased blood flow to a limb
  3. Misdiagnosing infections which can compromise a limb
  4. Wrongly administered medication (either the wrong medication was given or the wrong dosage was given) which can affect the viability of a limb

A dedicated Baltimore or Washington D.C. medical malpractice lawyer can help you or a loved one determine your legal rights after a devastating healthcare error.

Determining liability

Amputation error cases are rarely cut and dry. This is largely a result of the fact that any number of people can be held liable for the injury. The nurse or doctor responsible for inserting the IV can be found to blame if that IV was improperly inserted and this caused a lack of blood flow that resulted in the need for amputation. In those cases, the responsible health care providers can be found liable for the injury and the associated suffering. Surgeons who operate on the wrong limb can be found liable for obvious negligence, as can a radiologist who reversed the films and reported disease in the wrong limb. Determining the party at fault is rarely straightforward and necessitates the skill and expertise that comes from years of experience in the field of medical malpractice law.

In order for a case to be deemed the result of negligence, there are four required elements. Each element must be present in order for a viable medical malpractice case to brought against the hospital or surgeon in question. These are:

  1. Duty
  2. Breach
  3. Causation
  4. Damages

Duty and breach refer to instances when the necessary standard of care is not met. Standard of care refers to what is commonly accepted to be responsible, prudent and up to date medical techniques and processes. Causation refers to the cause of the injury and whether the hospital or doctor’s errors directly caused the need for amputation. Damages refer to the nature and extent of the injury and the physical pain, emotional damage and economic impact the amputation has on the victim and his or her family.

What to do in the aftermath of a medical mistake

If you believe that your lost limb was the result of medical malpractice or surgical error, there are few keys points to remember in the immediate aftermath. First, contact the lawyers at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. We will gather the appropriate medical records and have them reviewed by qualified experts. Second, do not cave into pressure to make a statement. The hospital will likely ask you to state that you understand that they have no liability or to accept a settlement for a fraction of the value of your case.

Do not sign any statements or agree to any settlements until a Maryland or Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorney reviews your case.

Secure representation from medical malpractice attorney in Maryland or Washington D.C.

If you suffered a limb amputation as a result of negligence or surgical error, you are entitled to compensation for your physical, emotional and financial suffering. Contact Schochor, Federico and Staton at 410-234-1000 today. Our team of Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers will review your case, help determine liability and litigate your case on your behalf. From our two office locations, we diligently serve clients in and around Washington D.C., Baltimore, and throughout Maryland.