A man is pursuing legal action against his medical care provider after he had his leg amputated. He asserts that the doctor’s treatment of an ulcer on his foot resulted in the need to remove the entire leg. The lawsuit claims that the doctor acted negligently in his care of the patient, and the result was catastrophic injuries to the leg, ultimately resulting in the traumatic event of a complete amputation of the limb.
The negligent care of a patient
Like the plaintiff in this case, Delaware patients have the right to expect a certain standard of care from their doctors and other types of care providers. This patient was given a diagnosis of gram-negative bacilli bacteria, and he suffered from a severe infection of the leg and gas gangrene. The patient never recovered feeling or control in the leg before it was amputated through the tibia and fibula.
It is possible that quick action to treat the original problem with the foot could have saved the leg. Patients have the right to hold doctors accountable for medical treatment or negligent care that resulted in additional pain and suffering. Delaware patients, as this defendant did, can pursue legal action if appropriate.
Who has a valid claim?
Medical malpractice claims are time-sensitive. If a patient believes he or she is a victim of negligent medical care, quick action is important in order to preserve important evidence. Those affected may benefit from speaking with an experienced injury attorney who can provide them with an assessment of their unique case and an explanation of the specific legal options available to them.
Note: Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP has no involvement in the lawsuit discussed in this post.