A foot amputation is a surgical intervention through which a foot or part of the foot which is no longer useful is removed. The need for such an intervention can come from unbearable pain or the need to stop an infection from spreading. As you can imagine such a procedure can be traumatic and it can have devastating effects on a person’s life quality. Aside from the emotional damage, a patient who has suffered an amputation procedure may also experience discomfort and pain. One can only imagine what it can be like realizing that such a procedure could have been avoided, if only the healthcare providers that the patient trusted would have done their job right. Over the years, there have been numerous cases of wrongful foot amputation most of which were settled between the two parties. Today we are going to take a look at some of the most terrifying wrongful amputation procedures as well as at the causes that led to them.
Medical negligence can sometimes occur due to human error which can hardly be controlled. However a large percentage of negligence cases happen due to lack of organization and low standard facilities. Diabetes is the medical condition which is most often associated with foot amputation. It seriously increases the risk of ulcer and infections therefore it is impetuous that hospitals are properly equipped and managed in order to handle these situations. Many foot amputations can be prevented through simple foot care routines. Furthermore people who are suffering from diabetes should have regular foot checks in order to monitor the healing process, thus avoiding any possible complications.
Imagine you are walking you dog and you accidentally stub you left toe. You go to the emergency room and you are admitted in the hospital where you spend seven days watching how you condition deteriorates. After seven days the doctors decide to amputate your toe. After the amputation procedure you are sent home where you condition continues to deteriorate. You come back to the hospital and after some intense debates the doctors decide to amputate your leg from knee down. While this may some like a horror story to some people, it is a true case. The patient who underwent this horrible nightmare sued the hospital and his claim was settled for $70 000 dollars, a sum which can hardly make up for his lost. It is because of cases like this that people fear going to the hospital. You go for a simple injuries and you come home without half your leg.
Most lower limp amputation are related with late diabetes diagnoses or wrong treatment. Mr. Baker was being treated for an ulcerous foot at the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. Despite being under constant care in the hospital his condition continued to worsen until the only solution left was foot amputation. Mr Baker claimed that despite the fact that his health care providers knew of his diabetic condition they could not provide proper treatment and they did not bother to refer him to a multidisciplinary healthcare institution which could have taken better care of him. Mr Baker’s case was settled for $40 000.
As all cases of malpractice, negligence amputation can be prevented but it is important to have higher standards of care and better equipped hospitals. As a patient there are little precautions that you can take. The only thing that you can do is give the doctors your true health history and come back for checkups at the first signs of complications. If you believe that you have suffered a wrongful amputation contact a medical negligence solicitor as soon as p[possible. As you can see from the cases presented above, you can receive substantial compensation and although nothing can bring you back your leg, financial compensation can help you improve the quality of your life.