Unnecessary Amputations Caused by Minnesota Medical Malpractice

When Doctors Negligently Unnecessarily Amputate a Limb it Can be Medical Malpractice: Minneapolis Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains

Losing a limb is one of the most traumatic experiences that a person could endure.  It is also one of the most devastating and debilitating injuries a person could sustain, both physically and emotionally.  This is especially true if the amputation was improperly performed to a limb that did not need to be amputated.  We trust healthcare providers with our health, our lives, and for the proper treatment.

When mistakes are made of the magnitude, victims of unnecessarily amputations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and anywhere else in Minnesota needs to call a medical malpractice attorney to protect their rights.  Call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 and together we can fight and stop medical mistakes.

Causes of Unnecessary Amputations

Amputations are very serious procedures and usually performed to save a person’s life.  These causes include infection, serious traumatic injury, cancerous tumors, and other injuries or conditions.  But there are many causes which are not medically necessary to amputate and can result in medical malpractice if an amputation is performed.

These common causes of medical malpractice resulting in unnecessary amputations include the following:

  • Misdiagnosis of a conditions (i.e., thinking a condition was one thing requiring an amputation when it was actually another thing that did not require an amputation);
  • Failing to diagnose a condition resulting in the dire need for an amputation (i.e., failing to timely diagnose an infection which results in the loss of a person’s limb due to an uncontrolled infection);
  • Performing the wrong treatment (i.e., performing an amputation when there are other available procedures);
  • Failing to use all conservative options before amputating the limb;
  • Medical chart errors missing up patients, diagnosis, or needs for an amputation;
  • Wrong patient surgeries;
  • Surgical errors;
  • Moving too quickly;
  • Misreading imaging studies;
  • Misreading diagnostic lab tests or mixing up lab reports;
  • Delaying in treatment which results in the only option being an amputation (i.e., failing to treat a crushing injury to a limb which results in an amputation being necessary); and
  • Many other causes.

What a Victim Can Get When His or Her Limb is Unnecessarily and Wrongfully Amputated

Victims of an unnecessary amputation will never get their limb back.  They will never have their lives return to the way they previously were.  Victims will be forced to live a life with debilitating disability, physical and emotional pain, and other harms.

For these reasons, unnecessary amputations cases of medical malpractice may result in serious awards for victims.  These awards may include compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering, both past and future;
  • Medical care bills and costs;
  • Future medical care bills, procedures, and other costs;
  • Lost wages while out of work;
  • Lost earnings if new employment is needed to accommodate the victim;
  • Medication and prescription costs;
  • Costs for equipment modification, such as a ramp at home or devices to help drive a vehicle;
  • Costs for home health care aids; and
  • Other related bills and costs.

Victims of Unnecessary Amputations Should Call a Minnesota Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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