Wrongful Amputation Lawyer in Erie, PA
Personal Injury Attorneys Fight to Help Clients’ Who Suffered Wrongful Amputation and Loss of Limbs Due to Medical Negligence in Crawford County and Erie County, Pennsylvania
Severe accidents can result in loss of limbs, or injuries so severe that amputation becomes necessary in order to save the victim’s life. When the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or the amputation was not performed with the required care, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the responsible party—either through a personal injury claim against a negligent third party or a medical malpractice claim against the medical professionals who improperly performed your amputation. Regardless of how you lost the limb, adequate financial resources are critical to obtaining the best and most thorough care possible throughout your recovery.
At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our experienced Erie, PA lawyers take the time necessary to get to know you personally, so that we can better anticipate the individualized ways in which loss of a limb will impact your life going forward. Many accident victims are unable to work for a period of time after losing a limb, and may no longer be able to fully participate in the activities enjoyed in the past. We understand that moving on after losing a limb can be an uphill battle, both from physical and psychological standpoints, and put all of our resources to work to recover the financial compensation necessary to make that battle as easy as possible.
Injuries Resulting in Amputation or Loss of Limbs Impact All Aspects of Life
A catastrophic injury that leads to amputation or results in loss of a limb will undeniably have an impact on every aspect of your life. It is important to remember that the actual amputation or medical treatments immediately required after the loss of a limb are only the first steps in the process. Many loss of limb injury victims require years of extensive and ongoing physical and emotional therapy in order to reestablish their ability to accomplish basic activities of daily living. Injuries that lead to a loss of limb, or an amputation recommendation, can result from a variety of different accidents, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents,
- Commercial truck accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Workplace accidents,
- Construction accidents,
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and
- Medical malpractice.
When a doctor improperly recommends or performs an amputation, the consequences are just as devastating as when a limb is lost in a preventable accident caused by another person’s negligence. A doctor’s failure to adhere to generally accepted standards developed by the medical community can lead to serious consequences, including infection, added pain, and suffering or even an amputation that was never really necessary in the first place.
The Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Are Here to Advocate for Compensation in Your Pennsylvania Loss of Limbs Case
Recovering a compensation package that fully accounts for the dramatic changes that you will face in life can make all the difference in moving forward and building a successful future after you lose a limb. At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our full-service team of personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers will put all of our resources to work in fighting to recover a compensation package that accounts for:
- Unreimbursed medical expenses,
- Physical therapy,
- Psychological counseling,
- The ongoing costs of prosthetic limbs and replacement prostheses that will become necessary over time,
- Additional medical devices, such as wheelchairs and walkers, that may be needed,
- In-home modifications,
- Pain management programs that may be necessary to treat phantom pain,
- Loss of enjoyment of life,
- Lost earning capacity and lost wages, salary and employment benefits,
- General pain and suffering,
- Punitive damages in especially shocking cases, where the limb was lost due to the willful or wanton conduct of the responsible party.
Although it may seem difficult to pursue a medical negligence claim against your doctor or other medical professional, it is important to remember that medical technology has advanced in such a way that amputation should always be a last resort. When you are suffering from an injury so severe that amputation is even discussed, you should be able to rely upon the advice of your doctor in deciding upon such a life-altering course. If that doctor failed to explore all alternatives or made the recommendation contrary to what established medical standards would dictate, you may have every right to financial compensation for those actions.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Options for Recovering Compensation After an Amputation or Loss of Limb Injury in PA
Call our offices today or fill out this online form, to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer who has experience handling injury claims that involve amputations or loss of limbs. For your convenience, we have three office locations located at 2525 W.26th St., Erie, PA 16506, 310 Chestnut St., Suite 111, Meadville, PA 16335 (in the Masonic Building) and 68 East Main Street, North East, PA 16428.
FAQ: How do I know if I have a case against a doctor who amputated my limb after I was involved in an accident?
Our experienced lawyers can help evaluate the circumstances in your case by consulting with experts, evaluating your injuries and, perhaps most importantly, hearing your full account of what happened while you were in the care of the doctor. To establish whether you have a claim for medical malpractice for an improper amputation, it is first necessary to analyze the accepted medical standards to determine if the doctor acted as a reasonable doctor would under the circumstances. If the doctor failed to adhere to these medical standards, we may be able to pursue a claim for medical negligence in your amputation case.
FAQ: What if my injuries were severe when I was treated after my accident, and the doctor amputated? Do I have a case?
Again, it depends upon whether a reasonable doctor would have amputated under the circumstances. The fact that your injuries were severe does not necessarily preclude your right to recover compensation if there was an alternative approach that could have reasonably been used to save the limb.