If your surgeon amputated the wrong limb, or if you were forced to undergo amputation due to a medical mistake or negligence, contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. You may also download attorney Chris Mellino’s free guide to filing a malpractice claim in Ohio.
How Often Do Amputation Mistakes Happen?
“Unthinkable errors by doctors and surgeons — such as amputating the wrong leg or removing organs from the wrong patient — occur more frequently than previously believed,” an October 18, 2010, CNN article stated.
Dr. Martin Makary, M.D., a professor of surgery and public health at Johns Hopkins University, blamed human fallibility.
“Even the best surgeons can be expected to make mental errors occasionally,” he reportedly said.
The most common amputations result from:
- a doctor’s failure to perform vascular studies;
- untreated or improperly treated infections; and
“A lot of wrong-side, wrong-patient errors occur outside of the operating room,” said Dr. Philip Stahel, whose study of more than 27,000 medical records “showed that many operating-room mistakes start out in biopsy labs or during the imaging and diagnosis process,” per CNN.
In the case of Malya Jeffers, a strep infection was allowed to take over her two-year-old body and turn into sepsis as she and her family were left sitting in an emergency room for five hours. As a result, the toddler’s left hand, part of her right hand, and her feet were amputated, according to ABC News.
“When the bacterial infection goes through the bloodstream, you have sepsis and a problem with your blood clotting ability,” said Dr. Ari Brown. “As a result, [the infection] cuts off the blood flow to the extremities and those areas die.”
The little girl’s family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and five ER staff members.
According to Fox News, Claudia Mejia reportedly acquired a group A strep infection while giving birth in a hospital.
“As Mejia’s body tried to fight off the deadly bacteria, nurses treated her with minor painkillers Tylenol and ibuprofen,” the site reported. But “[s]he went into toxic shock, her kidneys began to shut down and the blood flow to her arms and legs ceased, causing gangrene to set in.” Doctors ultimately removed the young woman’s uterus and amputated her arms and legs. “She and her lawyers believe she either got the infection … at the hospital or its doctors and nurses failed to quickly and properly treat it.”
Can I File an Amputation Lawsuit?
- current and future medical expenses;
- lost wages;
- lost earning potential;
- altered quality of life; and
- any incidental expenses directly related to your injury.
Our firm will also take into consideration any necessary modifications you’ve made to your home or vehicle.
Why You Should Call Us Before Speaking with Another Amputation Lawyer in Cleveland
Because medical malpractice cases can be very complex due to the number of potential parties involved – doctors, nurses, hospitals, diagnostic technicians – you will need legal counsel to have a good chance at recovering damages. If you or a loved one had a limb amputated, you need an attorney who specifically handles those cases and understands how losing a limb has changed and will change your life. You also want to hire someone who won’t be afraid to take your case to court if necessary.
“One of the first questions some adjusters will ask when a serious personal injury claim comes in is, ‘Who is representing the plaintiff?’” attorney Chris Mellino says in his free book. “Since this information is important to the insurance company, it should be important to you.”
Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt are respected throughout northeast Ohio for their ability to dig below the surface to make sure nothing is overlooked. In fact, Chris has been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998).
Mellino Robenalt combines specialized medical knowledge, exceptional trial skills, and superior negotiating talent to obtain full and fair compensation for clients and to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. In the last three decades, both Chris and Tom have established a network of resources to help analyze cases and make sure clients are well-compensated for their injuries. We’ve also written the book on medical malpractice. Request your free copy here.
Ultimately, our firm’s success depends on our dedication to our clients. Our testimonials are a testament to this commitment.