Whenever an amputation is done, recovery is going to be difficult regardless of how well the procedure went. Even if someone undergoes a minor amputation, adjusting back to normal life will take a while. Not only does this involve some physical pain, but many people suffer from emotional stress as well. In most cases when a limb needs to be amputated, the victim has already been through a great deal of pain. Amputations might be needed if someone is injured due to carelessness on someone else’s part.
Most people who need an amputation have experienced serious trauma before, during, and after the procedure. This is something no one should have to go through. At Latona Law, we can help victims and their loved ones in Wilkes-Barre who have had to have an amputation done due to someone else’s neglect.
When to Get Help for an Amputation
There are many reasons that a person might need to have a limb amputated. In some situations, a person will need a limb amputated due to a traumatic event. Car accident and major burns might cause injuries that are so severe, there is no choice but to amputate a limb to save a person’s life. If someone has a cancerous tumor, amputation might be needed to remove it. These amputations are still difficult for victims to grapple with, both physically and psychologically. However, in cases like these, amputations couldn’t be avoided and were needed to save the person’s life.
While there are many times when an amputation might be needed because of an accident, they can also be caused due to the actions of medical professionals. One way that medical negligence can lead to amputation is if infections go untreated. If a person develops an infection from poor treatment of a wound or a different condition they sought help for, there could be a fear of it spreading and requires amputation. In cases like this, amputation could have been avoided had medical professionals provide adequate care to save the limb. This can also be caused by not treating blood clots or monitoring other conditions, such as diabetes. Some people might even wake up from surgery only to realize that they’ve had the wrong body part removed. When medical negligence leads to someone needing to have an amputation.
Compensation for Amputation Injury
Any major surgery can come with difficulties. Limb loss, however, can be one of the most difficult things for a person to recover from. Even after the body has fully healed, they could experience a lifetime of emotional difficulties. For many people, life might never be able to return to the way it was before an amputation. Depending on the amputation, it might be difficult for a person to learn how to do basic tasks on their own again. Emotional struggles are common after amputations, victims might even believe they can still feel pain in the missing limb, referred to as phantom limb.
The financial damages that come with needing an amputation are substantial. The initial procedure alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars. After this, medical bills can grow even more from follow up procedures and appointments that are needed. The cost of amputation is a financial burden that most families can’t afford to take on. On top of this, many people will have to deal with lost wages from not being able to attend work during recovery. Depending on the severity of the amputation and the field a person works in, they might be unable to ever return to work.
When these damages have been caused by someone else’s actions, you deserve to be compensated for what you’ve been through. These damages can include financial damages as well as emotional ones. The amount of compensation received in amputation lawsuits varies between each case. Nothing will be able to get a person’s life back to the way it was before an amputation. While this may not change the past, receiving financial compensation allows you to provide for yourself and loved ones again and give back some of what was taken from you.
Amputation Lawyers in Wilkes-Barre
Preventable amputations should never happen. Amputations cause physical and emotional pain that victims and their families can suffer from for their entire lives. To get compensation and justice, you need to work with a team of lawyers with experience, knowledge, and resources. At Latona Law, we have the experience with cases like this that you need to win. We’re prepared to fight for you and hold the guilty parties responsible for their negligent actions.
It can be difficult to tell if your amputation is related to medical malpractice. We offer a free consultation for families in Wilkes-Barre to discuss their situation and what needs to be done moving forward. Contact us to learn more.