It is unimaginable that with today’s technology and scientific advancements such things as a wrongful amputation can occur, but they do and far too often. Victims who have lost limbs due to medical negligence are entitled to full compensation for their losses. But, how does one determine the compensation to make up for losing a limb and the consequent loss of enjoyment of life?
It wasn’t an easy decision, jurors said, but they eventually awarded a man $10 million, in a medical malpractice case against a hospital and the doctor who treated the patient. “Tony” developed gangrene that required the amputation of his left leg above the knee and his right foot in the aftermath of heart surgery. The hospital argued that the doctor and nurses acted responsibly, provided appropriate care, and saved his life. An appeal is planned.
Amputations errors are not necessarily cut and dry cases. They can happen for any number of reasons, such as a healthcare professional incorrectly administering IV catheters or accidentally stopping circulation or blood supply to working limb. Often times, the medical staff will disregard the injury and stress that it was a “medical necessity.” It is only after a careful review and investigation that the facts can be revealed.
When a hospital, doctor or any medical professional fails to administer proper care, they should be held responsible for the injuries. Seeking the advice of an experience medical malpractice attorney is important to ensure the patient is adequately compensated. Any settlement should take into consideration medical costs – including the use of prosthetics, occupational therapy and other associated costs; the emotional aspects -learning to cope and negotiate with life’s challenges should be a necessary element of the claim; and the financial aspects of the loss, including the loss of income. Filing a claim is also a means to holding the wrongdoer accountable for a life-altering mistake, prompting a change in safety procedures to prevent similar medical errors from happening to others.
Unfortunately, the bills can begin to pile up before the case reaches a settlement. For those in need of financial assistance until their case settles, seeking lawsuit funding could be the ideal solution. A lawsuit cash advance is made available to qualified plaintiff’s to help them pay urgent expenses immediately (medical bills, etc.), as well as everyday living expenses, such as the mortgage, car payments, or food on the table. All it takes to obtain lawsuit funding is a phone call or completion of an online application with a litigation funding company. Once the applicant is approved, funds are sent by wire or check within 24 – 48 hours. With the financial pressure removed, plaintiffs can patiently wait for justice.