Our Philadelphia Amputation / Limb Loss Attorneys offer representation to people who had to have a leg, arm, or other body part amputated due to medical malpractice or a defective drug or medical device. Common amputations that lead to medical negligence and pharmaceutical (drug) personal injury lawsuits are losses of:
Limb loss / amputations are catastrophic personal injuries that can drastically alter victims’ lives. Amputation / limb loss victims may experience:
- inability to continue in their former employment
- limited ability or inability to find new employment
- restricted mobility
- need for long-term medical care, hospitalizations, and repeated surgery
- extensive therapy (physical, emotional, and occupational)
- chronic and severe phantom pain
Amputation / Limb Loss Caused by Medical Malpractice
Philadelphia Amputation / Limb Loss Attorneys / Lawyers often handle law suits involving amputation / limb loss caused by medical errors, including negligent:
- removal of the wrong limb, finger, toe, foot, or hand (wrong-site surgery)
- unnecessary surgical removal of a limb, finger, toe, foot, or hand
- failure to diagnose and / or treat an infection that requires amputation to save the patient’s life
- failure to diagnose and / or treat diabetes complications that result in need for amputation
- failure to diagnose cancer that results in need for amputation
- failure to remove a surgical instrument from an arm or a leg after surgery, resulting in need for amputation
- failure to diagnose and / or treat blood clots that lead to need for amputation
- failure to diagnose and / or treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD), leading to need for amputation
- administration of medication that causes need for amputation
Doctors and surgeons whose negligence results in or causes patients’ amputations can be personally liable for patients’ damages in medical negligence (malpractice) suits. Hospitals and clinics that employ these medical providers can also be indirectly liable for amputations caused by their negligent employees.
In some cases, hospitals can also be directly responsible for patients’ amputation injuries caused by the hospital’s:
- negligent screening, hiring, and retaining of incompetent doctors and other medical providers
- negligent establishment and enforcement of hospital protocols that resulted in wrongful amputations (wrong-site surgery)
- negligent establishment and enforcement of hospital protocols regarding sanitation and maintenance of equipment that led to need for amputation
See Philadelphia Medical Malpractice / Medical Mistake Attorneys for more information regarding medical malpractice injuries and lawsuits.
Amputation / Limb Loss Caused by Invokana
Certain types of medications can cause limb loss or other amputations. The diabetes drug Invokana, for instance, has been linked to an increased incidence of leg and foot amputations.
On May 18, 2016, the FDA issued a statement that clinical trials show:
- an increased risk of leg and foot amputations in users of Invokana
- that users’ toes were most often affected, and
- that Invokana users were twice as likely as non-users to require amputations
See Philadelphia Invokana Drug Injury Lawyers for more information about Invokana side effects and Invokana lawsuits.
Contact our Philadelphia Amputation / Limb Loss Attorneys
If you suffered the loss of a limb or other amputation due to medical malpractice or a defective drug or medical device, our Philadelphia Amputation / Limb Loss Attorneys / Lawyers may be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a cost-free evaluation of your catastrophic personal injury case.