Amputation is sometimes necessary to preserve life or unavoidable because of disease or injury. On the other hand, many people suffer catastrophic injuries like this because of another party's negligence or wrongful conduct.
For example, an elderly person may lose his or her leg due to delayed or improper treatment of an infection. A car crash victim may suffer partial amputation of a foot because it was pinned in the wreckage. An industrial worker may suffer total loss of a hand because it became trapped in a malfunctioning machine.
If you, a friend or a loved one has suffered an amputation that could have been avoided, or is about to undergo an amputation, the experienced attorneys of Dollar, Burns & Becker are here to provide compassionate representation while vigorously pursuing those responsible.
We help people who have suffered preventable amputation resulting from medical malpractice or avoidable accidents. In a medical setting, loss of limb is often the result of malpractice. For example, if your doctor was mistaken in recommending amputation, or if your surgeon removed the wrong limb, that’s malpractice. Amputation can also be the result of an untreated infection in a hospital or due to neglect in a nursing home.
Amputation can also result from traumatic incidents – serious car or truck crashes, construction site accidents, industrial accidents, etc. Traumatic amputation frequently leads to other problems such as significant bleeding, infection, or shock immediately after the mishap. Both emergency treatment and the required extensive long-term treatment are extremely expensive. Whatever the cause of the amputation, the course of the victim’s life will be changed forever. The emotional, physical and financial turmoil often impacts a victim’s entire family.
At Dollar, Burns & Becker, our attorneys help victims of catastrophic injuries pursue full and fair compensation for losses after preventable amputations, including:
We also advocate for changes in safety procedures to help prevent future victims of unnecessary amputation.
If you, a friend or a loved one has lost a limb, contact us as soon as possible, ideally within 48 hours. We’ll immediately take action to ensure that vital evidence is preserved that can be crucial to your claim. Initial consultations are free and we work solely on a contingency basis.