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Orthopedic Malpractice

Of all Orthopedic Mistakes, Wrongful Amputations are the Most Tragic

The amputation of an arm or leg is one of the most difficult orthopedic surgeries a patient can face. More than three million Americans have had an amputation procedure, most caused by a health condition such as diabetes rather than by a traumatic injury. In fact, in the U.S. each year uncontrolled diabetic foot ulcers are the cause for about 30,000 amputations.

Traumatic injury amputations often are the result of automobile, boating or motorcycle accidents. But amputations also can result from workplace accidents. Employers and employees should take every available precaution in the workplace, especially on construction sites. Traumatic amputations have occurred as the result of accidents with saws and by crush injuries from heavy machinery. In fact, studies by the University of Michigan suggest that new construction workers have a 50 percent chance of suffering a traumatic injury within their first month on the job.

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If you or a loved one have undergone an amputation caused by a traumatic injury, an amputation that was not necessary, or an amputation that could have been medically prevented, contact Cochran, Foley & Associates for a free consultation.

The attorneys at Cochran & Foley have the skills, legal knowledge and experience needed to protect people who have suffered personal injury or the death of a loved one because of an amputation or orthopedic malpractice and will seek to win payment for your injuries, expenses, and loss.

An attorney will lead your family through the steps needed to recover actual damages and may even assist in punitive damages being awarded. Actual damages are intended to restore a victim’s financial situation to a position roughly equivalent to what it was before an amputation.

Personal Injury Attorneys and Medical Malpractice Attorneys Terry Cochran and Lynn Foley both possess the special knowledge needed to make sure all necessary evidence has been gathered and to determine what legal action should be taken to protect your interests and future.

Lynn Foley, a Registered Nurse with professional experience in the medical field, has won several medical malpractice lawsuits for her clients and has special expertise to handle orthopedic malpractice, including amputation cases.

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Forms of amputations

There are many different types of amputations that are performed. Foot amputations encompass the entire foot or one or more toes.

Other forms of amputation include: an ankle disarticulation or removal of the entire ankle; below the knee, knee bearing, or above the knee; or the entire leg bone is removed in what is termed a hip disarticulation. Similar classifications can be applied to upper extremity amputations.

Determining the extent of the amputation procedure depends on the nature and extent of the underlying condition. If possible, it is always wise to seek alternate opinions regarding the best options and selection of the least restrictive procedure.

What are the Risks?

The risks of amputations include numerous medical side effects. These include:

  • Poor wound cover
  • Poor wound healing
  • Infection
  • Stiffness
  • Sympathetic dystrophy
  • Chronic Neuroma related to pain and/or tenderness
  • Despite the pain and permanent impairment left by any amputation, advances in prosthesis and therapies designed to foster adaptation, often offer significant improvements and restored mobility where they did not exist a generation ago.

Someone is Responsible

An attorney can collect damages for your family by proving that the orthopedic surgeon was negligent or that the amputation was caused by someone else’s negligence.

Actual damages can be awarded for medical bills, lost income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, mental stress, permanent disability and similar hardships.

Punitive damages, above and beyond those actually incurred by the victim, are intended to punish the guilty party for reckless or inappropriate behavior. Punitive damages also can function as a deterrent for others. Cochran & Foley will ensure a family’s economic security, reimbursements for other economic loss, and ensure justice by pursuing punitive damages.

Cochran & Foley devotes its practice to representing individuals who are the victims of an amputation or orthopedic malpractice, other medical malpractice, workplace injuries, automobile, airplane, boating, truck or motorcycle accident. Essentially, if a person has been involved in any tragedy involving negligence and requiring compensation, Cochran & Foley will provide whatever legal services are required.

Above All Else, Seek Justice

Victims should not hesitate from filing a lawsuit for fear of filing a frivolous lawsuit. That is propaganda created by the insurance industry. Let your attorney, not an insurance agent, determine what’s frivolous and when justice should be pursued.

In America, a jury makes a decision on damages after hearing all of the evidence. The jury award is designed to compensate the injury victim. A fundamental right of all Americans is a trial by jury, allowing our fellow citizens to hear our case and to make a decision. Do not give up any of your rights as a citizen!

Statutes of limitation limit the length of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit within that time period you may forever be denied the justice due you. If you have had an amputation and believe that you have a case, it is critical that you seek legal help quickly.

If you believe you are a victim, let Cochran, Foley & Associates fight for your rights. There is no obligation for case evaluation and no fee is charged unless a recovery is made.

The Law Offices of Cochran, Foley & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries, disabilities and death. The firm does not represent insurance companies or corporations but instead bases its practice upon representing individuals and families.