Chicago Amputation Lawyers
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Losing is a limb is a serious injury that can require months, or even years, of rehabilitation and a lifetime of adversity and pain. In every case though, the result is life-changing for both the patient and their family. When an amputation is the result of a negligent driver, a medical professional’s wrongdoing, a dangerous drug, or an on-the-job accident, a victim may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team of nursing home, medical malpractice, dangerous drug, and workers’ compensation attorneys has been working on cases involving amputations for over 30 years.
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Below, we outline some of the most common issues we encounter when working on amputation lawsuits.
People Taking Invokana Are at High-Risk
Invokana is a drug prescribed to type 2 diabetes patients to control blood sugar, taken alone or with another drug called Invokamet. Although diabetics are already vulnerable to amputations, Invokana and Invokamet are linked to an even higher risk of foot and leg amputations. In 2017, the FDA confirmed the increased risk, pointing to two studies that showed leg and foot amputations occurred twice as often in patients taking Invokana and Invokamet, compared to patients taking a placebo.
In addition to lower limb amputations, these two drugs can also cause kidney failure and diabetic ketoacidosis—both potentially life-threatening conditions. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Invokana’s manufacturer and we are currently representing clients in these cases.
Amputations in Nursing Homes
Some nursing home residents suffer amputations during their stay, often due to complications of diabetes and peripheral artery disease. An amputation can also result from an untreated bedsore, sepsis, or trauma. Without proper care and attention, a bedsore progresses quickly, putting residents at risk of infection, which can force the body part to be amputated.
Nursing home staff is required to monitor and care for residents fully. Under normal, proper circumstances, a bedsore should never result in sepsis or amputations. Severe bedsore complications like these are cause for alarm and investigation. Amputations should always be a last resort and only be done to save the resident’s life.
Amputations in a Hospital
Occasionally, doctors and medical staff make mistakes so dire that they lead to an amputation. While these are rare instances of medical malpractice, they do happen, and patients are left with a permanent and costly disability.
Some of the common causes of wrongful amputation occur when a doctor:
- Misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose a health condition, like an infection or artery disease, and the patient’s condition worsens to the point of needing an amputation.
- Fails to treat a condition, such as an infection, which then spreads out of control and forces amputation.
- Operates on the wrong body part because of a chart or medical record mistake.
Every state has different workers’ compensation rules. While some states give generous benefits for losing a limb on-the-job, others leave workers without the means to support themselves or their families. Employers pay lower rates now for workers’ compensation than they have at any point since the 1970s. This is largely because benefits are based on politicians and lobbyists rather than medical and economic factors.
Workers’ compensation covers an employee’s medical bills and part of their lost wages. For smaller injuries, many people can navigate the workers’ compensation system on their own, but for those who suffer an amputated limb, there is much more at stake.
If you or someone you know has suffered an amputation, contact our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. We can help you understand the benefits and loopholes available to you.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has a long track record of successful verdicts and settlements. We travel to clients nationwide, and never charge anything up front or out-of-pocket. We are available 24/7, call 800-774-7120 for a free case review.