Baltimore Attorneys Representing Victims of Medical Malpractice

Amputations are a life changing experience for anyone. However, when amputations are wrongful, botched or don’t go according to plan, the consequences can be especially devastating. We understand the stress and trauma that can result from this kind of negligence. Serving clients throughout Baltimore and nearby areas, the knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt will fight zealously for your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve after your Wrongful Amputation. We believe that careless healthcare providers should be held accountable for their actions.

Medical Reasons an Amputation may be necessary.

There are nearly 2 million people in the United States living with limb loss and approximately 185,000 amputations occur yearly. With numerous reasons for amputation here are some of the top ones:

  • Poor Circulation
    • Peripheral arterial Disease causes the arteries to narrow and suffer damage which causes extremely poor circulation in the extremities. If not treated properly it can cause tissue to die and bring on infections. When this happens the dead tissue must be removed and often leads to amputation just above or below the knee.
  • Constant Infections
    • Without an effective wound care regimen and proper antibiotics infections can lead to serious issues and dead tissue, making amputation necessary. This often happens to those with Diabetes who lose feeling in their hands/feet due to poor circulation. Since they can no longer feel their extremities their wounds are often left untreated.  
  • Cancer/Tumor
    • When cancerous tumors in the bones or muscles in the limb may require amputations.
  • Trauma

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice simply refers to negligence committed by a healthcare professional. Physicians, nurses, dentists, therapists, and other healthcare providers can be liable for medical negligence. Negligence occurs when someone does something they should not do, or fails to do something they should do. Put another way, medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider violates the standard of care. The standard of care refers to the customary practices of healthcare professionals in the same field. Thus, a surgeon’s conduct will be assessed against another surgeon’s conduct in the same situation, whereas a nurse’s conduct will be compared to another nurse’s actions in the same circumstances.

What is a Wrongful Amputation?

There are few things more devastating than losing a limb. The loss of an arm, hand, leg, or foot can be permanently disabling. When a physician, nurse, or healthcare provider makes a mistake in your amputation, you may be able to take legal action through a medical malpractice claim.

Wrongful or botched amputations can have serious consequences for the patient, including but not limited to: disability, infection, prosthetic problems, depression, and phantom limb pain. These issues often cost a lot of money to treat. Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries suffered, a plaintiff can recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, rehabilitation treatment, therapy bills and other tangible costs which can topple over half a million dollars in your lifetime. Non-economic costs include intangible costs such as pain and suffering. Under Maryland law, non-economic damages have a limit whereas economic damages do not.

It is important to note that when multiple defendants contributed to a plaintiff’s injury, each defendant can be held jointly and severally liable. This means each is responsible for the full amount of any judgment. However, if one defendant happens to pay more than what he or she owes, that defendant may seek “contribution” from the other liable defendants to the lawsuit.

Lawyers Helping Injured Patients Seek Justice.

At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our healthcare negligence lawyers have the skill to handle cases involving amputations. We have over 75 years of collective experience serving clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding communities. We have one goal: compassionate and aggressive representation of the most seriously injured. We understand how an amputation can impact every aspects of a person’s life, which is why you can expect the utmost empathy and concern from our entire team. To obtain more information, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 888-952-9669.

Additional Resources:

Amputee Coalition– Resources and news for amputees, amputation, limb loss and caregivers

Medline Plus

American Orthotic Prosthetic Association

Johns Hopkins information on amputation