Amputation & Stump Infection Lawyer
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After surgery, infection poses a dangerous risk for your body. What seems like a simple procedure can lead to seemingly endless complications. Some people might walk away with only minor scarring, but you weren’t one of them. You had to have one or more body parts amputated because of an infection you acquired at the hospital. Recovering could mean you wait months before returning to work, if you’re lucky enough to return at all.
Adjusting to living with a lost limb or organ is hard enough on it’s own, but it’s worse when you know that the amputation was preventable. If the doctors and medical staff gave you better care, you wouldn’t have lost a limb. Knowing that your situation is the result of someone else’s carelessness adds an additional emotional burden.
All you want to do is to put your life back together, but you’re not sure where to start. We’re here to help. We know how difficult it is to try to navigate Pennsylvania’s legal system on your own — so we’ll do it for you. Let us handle your personal injury claim while you focus on doing what’s more important: getting your life back on track.
Why Are People Suing?
Without proper care, infections can cause your body tissue to die and illnesses to spread. Left unchecked, infection can lead to sepsis and other potentially fatal conditions. To prevent this, a doctor might have no choice but to amputate the infected part of your body.
According to the Amputee Coalition, more than 2 million people live in the United States with limb loss, and there are more than 185,000 amputations performed each year.
However, more than 60 percent of these amputations are preventable. This means that 110,000 of the 185,000 amputations that occur every year don’t need to happen.
Filing a claim against a negligent doctor or hospital is not only your legal right but also the right thing to do. In Pennsylvania, the law is clear that hospitals have a responsibility to you, a duty of care. If they fail that duty, the best thing you can do is hold them accountable. Not only could this help get you what you need to put your own life together, but you may help save the lives, and limbs, of others. If a hospital knows that negligence has a price, the health system will be less likely to put its own profits above patient safety.
If you recently lost a limb due to a hospital infection, you might be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim.
The High Cost Of Amputation
Amputations aren’t just emotionally draining, as patients learn to live without an arm, leg, toe, or finger. They’re also expensive. According to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, a hospital amputation costs between $30,000 and $60,000 for the surgery alone. After these expenses, patients can expect to pay around $43,000 and $60,000 in follow-up care over the next three years. Even after your recovery period, you’ll still have costs related to the amputation to deal with, particularly if you have a prosthetic replacement.
None of these costs account for the impact an amputation will have on your ability to make money. Losing a limb might mean you can no longer perform your old job. You might have to accept something new, a position that might pay less than your old job did. In some cases, your amputation is so severe that you’re unable to return to work at all. This is also a cost of medical malpractice, one that many don’t think about until after they lose a limb.
Imagine if the hospital staff was able to prevent your infection or stop it before it spread. But instead, they put other priorities above your safety. Now you’re left to live with the consequences.
At Console and Associates, we’ve seen firsthand what effects an amputation has on the lives of our clients. We’ve helped them get the compensation they need and the justice they deserve. If we can use our legal expertise to help you transition to your post-amputation life, we’re honored to do so.
How Much Can I Get?
Every claim is different. The circumstances that caused your amputation, and the impact it has on your life, is unique only to you. This makes assessing the value of your claim difficult without a consultation. If you lost a limb due to a hospital infection, call us today and speak with an attorney. After listening to what happened and reviewing your medical records, we’ll have a better understanding of what you deserve for your claim.
While it’s impossible to know what your claim is worth before speaking with an attorney, we can tell you we’ll look at when building a case. A medical malpractice claim for amputation consist of more than your medical bills. What the hospital did resulted in emotional and physical trauma that you have to live with for the rest of your life. If their negligence caused your amputation, they are responsible for all costs, not just the medical bills. When you talk to our lawyers, we look at several factors, including:
- Existing medical bills from your amputation: The hospital’s mistake caused your amputation, so why should you have to pay for it? We will fight to make sure you won’t.
- Future medical bills: Your amputation means you’ll have additional check-ups, treatment, and surgery to recover.
- Long-term care and therapy: To help adjust to missing a limb, you’ll need years of therapy. If you get a prosthetic, you’ll need to learn how to use it. This treatment is expensive and time-consuming.
- Lost wages due to treatment: The time you spent in the hospital was time you could have been working and supporting your family. We take into account these lost wages as part of your claim.
- Lost wages from the amputation: If you lose a limb or arm, you might not be able to return to your job, and the time it takes you to find a new job will take longer. You deserve compensation for your hospital’s life-altering mistake.
- Pain and suffering: In the short term, losing a limb due to negligence is emotionally taxing. In the long run, you may not be able to enjoy hobbies you love or live life as you hoped. At Console and Associates, we believe compensation for loss of limb should account for this.
Our goal is to make sure you get the full amount of money possible based on your situation. We will review where the hospital was negligent and how these mistakes will affect your life.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
These cases have significant differences, both in the amount awarded, the malpractice involved, and the judicial process. However, they have one thing in common: neither of the patients should have lost their limbs because of a minor medical problem. Medical experts could have prevented these amputations had they taken better care of their patients.
Common Questions About Amputation Lawsuits
Filing a medical malpractice claim can seem intimidating, but you don’t have to be an expert in the legal process when you have our attorneys on your side. We will make the claims process as easy and hassle-free for you as possible, while we handle the work of fighting for the money you deserve. While we’ll work to get you compensation quickly, we’ll never leave money on the table by rushing your claim.
Here are some of the most common questions our clients ask about filing amputation claims. If you’re ready to move forward or have more questions, call us and let us address your concerns one-on-one, at no cost.
Post-Surgical Amputation Expenses for Your Claim
Our clients often ask about the types of treatment and post-surgical care their claims will cover. While the surgery itself is expensive, there’s a whole range of care and treatment requirements that come with limb loss. Below are a few examples of the types of treatment that we include in claims to help our clients return to normal life post-amputation.
Wound Healing & Stump Care
The period immediately following the amputation is a delicate one for patients. There’s a high risk of amputation stump infection, and doctors are mainly focused on making sure the wound closes. Doctors might insert drainage tubes and keep sutures in the wound for 14 to 21 days. During this time, patients can’t return to work and might not be able to leave the hospital, depending on the severity of the case.
Rehabilitation to Improve Motor Skills
Post-amputation, most patients focus on restoring activities of daily living (ADLs) that give them the motor skills they had before surgery. Something as simple as eating or going to the bathroom can seem like an impossible task in the weeks following a procedure. Physical therapy helps patients increase ADLs to resume a normal life.
This rehabilitation process also covers physical therapy, exercise, and strength training for the whole body. This improves strength and endurance as your body adjusts to the lost support from the amputation.
Pain Management & Ongoing Care
Chronic pain is commonly reported in people who suffer limb loss and medical malpractice. Furthermore, your limb loss could lead to other health complications that need additional doctors’ visits and surgery.
The lifetime cost of medical care for amputees is $509,275 — far more than the $361,200 lifetime cost of care for people who never experience limb loss. Many of these expenses accrue over several years long after the patient leaves the hospital after the initial amputation. How will you come up with the money for this additional care? For many amputees, pursuing a medical malpractice claim can mean the difference between affording the care you need and having to go without.
Use of Artificial Limbs and Assistance Devices
Artificial limbs (also known as prosthetics) are popular assistive devices, but they are also incredibly expensive. Prosthetic devices can cost between $5,000 and $50,000 and need replacement every three to five years. Even clean amputations that don’t require follow-up treatment can be a lifelong expense.
Other assistance devices might include wheelchairs, crutches, and other tools to make ADLs possible.
Vocational Counseling and Training
Many patients leave the hospital and discover they can no longer work at their existing jobs and may need to completely change their careers. Understanding what fields are available to each patient and the training provided is an important part of recovery.
Additionally, Console and Associates will include lost wages in our claims to cover the period from when you left the hospital until you were able to start work again.
Emotional Care and Therapy
Amputation takes a mental as well as a physical toll on the body. Almost a third of people who experience limb loss suffer from depression and anxiety. You will likely need immediate therapy in the wake of your amputation that could continue for several years.
An amputation isn’t just a loss of limb, it’s a loss of lifestyle. We take all of these factors into consideration with your amputation lawsuit to make sure your claim covers all of your recovery needs.
Contact Pennsylvania’s Amputation Lawsuit Attorneys
Losing a limb changes your life dramatically. You’re looking at months of recovery time before you can return to work, if you’re able to return at all. Things that you used to do without even thinking suddenly require all of your attention. You have lost your independence, because you can’t do many of the things you used to do without help.
Nothing can make up for the limb you lost, but filing a malpractice claim can give you what you need to put your life back together. Your claim could also help keep others from experiencing the loss you did by holding negligent doctors accountable. Let us handle your Pennsylvania amputation lawsuit and help you get your life back on track.
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