Wrongful Amputation in Medical Malpractice are some of the most horrific examples of medical negligence. Amputations are unfortunately a more common surgery than most people realize. Approximately 185,000 amputations occur annually in the United States alone. Of these surgeries, a significant number are botched. Further, some even result in wrongful amputation of the wrong limb. Even more disturbing is that only 22% of these wrongful amputations are actually litigated. So many times people will suffer and not file any legal documents due to lack of money, psychological obstacles like depression and grief, etc. This is tragic. If you or a loved one suffer from a wrongful amputation, read on to learn more about your legal options for recovery.
Wrongful Amputation and Malpractice Laws
In Oklahoma, you may file malpractice on a medical provider. This includes for things like wrongful amputation. However, there is a statute of limitations on your ability to file. This is a two (2) year limit from the time you become aware or know of the injury.
Further, you must provide evidence of certain elements. These are:
- The medical team has a duty to protect you, as the patient, from injury. This is usually one of the easier elements to prove due to the Hippocratic Oath that many medical professionals must take before beginning practice.
- Your medical team failed at protecting you from this injury. In turn, the medical team did not fulfill their duty to you and your protection.
- The failure of the medical team to properly provide you with this duty was the cause of your injuries.
If you can prove these elements, you will have a high likelihood of winning your injury case. Nevertheless, it is important to note that element #1 must be proven. It does not have an automatic presumption under law to simply automatically exist.
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Wrongful Amputation in Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help.
Oklahoma medical providers have standards to maintain. Thus, amputating the wrong limb is a terrible mistake that has long-term consequences. You may face depression, subsequent medical trauma, and thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Don’t let someone negligently cause you these problems and not pay you some form of reparation. You deserve to receive help with your medical expenses due to the negligence of someone else. Don’t suffer alone. We care about you and want to help.