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Oklahoma Medical Malpractice - Amputation Error

When someone needs to have a limb removed, it’s always a terrible situation. Making a conscious decision in this regard is almost impossible to do without the blinding rush of a mountain of emotions, as this is obviously a choice that’s permanent in nature. Living without a limb or limbs instantly changes someone’s life forever, as he or she will need to relearn several skills and to perform several tasks that were nothing more than an afterthought up until that point.


When an amputation error occurs, the situation is as dire as can be, as when the wrong limb is removed, not only does that person have to live without that limb, but he or she will also have to remove the original limb that was putting the patient in danger. There are very few situations within the realm of medical malpractice law that are more unacceptable, and when a patient suffers as a result of an amputation error, he or she simply must take the proper steps to hold the responsible parties accountable. 

Common Amputation Errors in Oklahoma

As horrible as it sounds, there are actually amputation errors that occur with more frequency than others. Below are a few of the most prevalent examples that have been recorded in recent years.

As completely implausible as this sounds, it does happen way too often. Doctors will simply come in and remove the wrong leg or arm, and that’s why you’ll often see some sort of mark on the limb that’s supposed to be removed. However, that doesn’t always happen, and it leaves the patient in a state of utter disrepair and despair.

There are different variations of amputations. For instance, when a patient needs to have his or her arm removed, the amputation can occur above the wrist, above the elbow or even at the top of the shoulder. If the medical providers cut in the wrong place, either not enough or too much of the limb can be removed. This is especially difficult when the amputation occurs too low – that only means that another surgery and more pain will be endured.


There are several different ways in which this amputation error can occur. When a limb is removed, the remaining tissue, bones and muscles need to be re-attached properly and closed off so that no internal bleeding results. The wounds also need to be treated with a high degree of care so that infections do not arise, as gangrene can result in even the slightest error in this regard, creating an instant medical emergency.  These types of mistakes may fall under the realm of medical negligence and deserve the attention of an Oklahoma medical malpractice attorney.


Medical Negligence Causing Improper Amputation

Again, these are only a few examples of amputation errors, and they create a situation that includes not only physical harm but also extreme emotional distress. Not to mention, the recovery period that was predicted for the original procedure is often lengthened substantially, and the additional pain is nothing short of unreasonable.


Amputation Error Attorneys Oklahoma

If you have been the victim of an amputation error, you need to take two immediate steps to protect all of your interests. The first step is to seek immediate medical attention. As you have probably already decided anyway, seek the help of a different doctor for your additional corrective procedure.


Make sure that your doctor documents the reason for this additional procedure, and also ask him or her to put into writing not only the diagnosis, but also the prognosis, particularly as it compares to the original plan of rehabilitation and recovery. If you are unable to locate these documents afterwards, do not hesitate to continue taking action – an attorney will be able to gather these documents if they’re needed.

Retain an Oklahoma Amputation Error Lawyer

After you’ve obtained the medical attention you need and you’ve assured your safety, you need to contact an amputation error attorney as soon as possible to begin the process of evaluating and, if advisable, enforcing your legal rights and holding those responsible for your injuries accountable.

Privett Law is available and has the requisite skills, track records and experience necessary to help you decide how to move forward properly. You need a basis of knowledge in order to make your decision regarding how to proceed comfortably, so contact the firm today to schedule an initial consultation.


A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Oklahoma

If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of an amputation error, you need to contact Privett Law immediately to schedule an initial consultation. You do have legal rights and options that need to be evaluated, and you need to start that process as soon as possible. In the meantime, below is a brief overview of amputation errors.