Baltimore Amputation Malpractice Attorneys Fight for Your Rightful Settlement
Our Lawyers Hold Accountable The Parties Responsible For Your Loss
Suffering a limb loss is traumatic for victims and their families. Amputations can result from many causes including car accidents, medical negligence and work accidents. Mallon & McCool, LLC understands the pain and suffering that limb loss victims go through. We work hard to bring you financial relief and peace of mind.
What Causes Amputations?
Amputation is defined as the loss of a body part – typically a hand, arm, leg or foot – that results from a disease or injury. Limb loss affects nearly 2 million people living in the United States. Typical sources of limb loss are diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, trauma and cancer. In some cases, limb loss is present at birth. More than 185,000 amputations are performed each year in the U.S.
Of amputations caused by trauma, nearly 70 percent involve upper limbs such as arms or hands. Among the most common causes of trauma-related limb loss are:
Industrial accidents – Industrial accidents such as explosions commonly result in limb loss and amputations.
Medical malpractice – Negligent surgeries, failure to diagnose and misdiagnoses are just a few types of medical malpractice that can lead to amputations. Insufficient medical treatment after a car accident can also contribute to limb loss.
Falls – Falling from high distances can irrevocably crush and damage limbs, resulting in amputation.
Traffic accidents – Motor vehicle crashes are a top cause of limb injuries and amputations. Accident victims’ arms and legs often are crushed under vehicles or become severed by sharp objects.
Fire injuries –Burn injuries from fires and chemical explosions can lead to damaged tissue and amputations.
Work injuries – Workers can lose limbs during work accidents such as explosions, machinery malfunctions and defective equipment accidents.
Nursing home negligence –Poor medical care and supervision at nursing facilities can lead to limb loss for residents by way of untreated illnesses, falls and blunt force trauma.
Construction accidents –Construction mishaps such as falls, defective equipment and machinery malfunctions can lead to limb loss in workers.
Natural disasters –Flying debris such as glass often results in limb loss during natural disasters. Unsafe building conditions and improper safety measures can contribute to amputations during natural disasters.
Motorcycle crashes – Motorcyclists frequently suffer severe injuries after being thrown from their vehicles during crashes. This includes crushed or severed limbs.
Military injuries – Military accidents such as explosions and shootings are a top reason for amputations.
Falling merchandise – Falling objects such as heavy equipment or windows can crush and permanently damage victims’ limbs.
Losing a limb is one of the most horrific injuries that can occur during an accident. Limb loss can also be the tragic result of a needless mistake by a health care provider. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, we are experienced in investigating and prosecuting limb loss accident claims. If you or a relative had a limb amputated due to negligence, you are entitled to payment for your health care expenses, pain and suffering.
What Are The Types Of Amputations Injuries?
Amputations can be partial or complete, depending on accident severity. Types of amputations include:
Digital amputation – The amputation of your fingers, finger tips or toes.
Ankle disarticulation – Amputation of the foot at the ankle.
Below knee amputations – An amputation of the leg below the knee that retains the use of the knee joint.
Through-the-knee amputations – Removal of the lower leg and knee joint.
Hip disarticulation – The removal of the entire limb up to and including the femur.
Metacarpal Amputation –The removal of the entire hand with the wrist still intact.
Wrist disarticulation –Amputation involving the removal of the hand and the wrist joint.
Below elbow amputation– The partial removal of the forearm below the elbow joint.
Elbow disarticulation – Amputation of the forearm at the elbow.
Above elbow amputation – The removal of the arm above the elbow.
Shoulder disarticulation/forequarter amputation – Removal of the entire arm including the shoulder blade and collar bone.
Common injuries associated with the amputation of a body part are:
What Are The Long-term Complications Of Amputations?
In many cases, amputees obtain prosthetic devices to help manage their limb loss. The number of people using a prosthetic is expected to reach 2.4 million by 2020. Prosthetic devices are artificial limbs that are placed at the site of the amputation and assist with mobility.
Despite technological advancements among prosthetic limbs in recent years, long-term health complications for amputees frequently occur whether or not an artificial limb is used. Long-term effects for amputees who do not use a prosthetic include:
Muscle strain – Without a prosthesis, many amputees rely heavily on their intact limb. This can lead to muscle strain and back and leg pain.
Arthritis – Studies have found that 60 percent of upper-limb amputees without a prosthesis have problems such as tendinitis and arthritis in their intact limb.
Weight gain – Amputees who use wheelchairs are prone to gaining weight and developing diabetes if they sit for most of the day.
Long-term effects for amputees who use prosthetic limbs are:
Rashes – Blisters, rashes and contact dermatitis can occur from constant contact with the prosthesis.
Infection – Skin conditions can progress to infection if poorly treated. The moist environment inside the liner of the prosthesis is an incubator for bacteria.
Swelling – Artificial limbs that hang unsupported can lead to chronic swelling, skin discoloration and in extreme cases, hyperplasia at the contact site.
Losing a limb can result in lifelong pain, high medical expenses and ongoing suffering for victims and family members. In many cases, amputees are no longer able to participate in the activities they once loved. If you have lost a limb due to someone’s negligence, you need an aggressive legal partner who will work hard to pursue your accident claim. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, our injury team knows what it takes to successfully resolve amputation-related cases. The quicker we get started on your case, the faster you recover.
Baltimore Amputation Attorneys Take Your Accident Seriously And Fight For Your Maximum Compensation
It’s normal to experience severe emotional and mental anguish after the loss of a limb. Accepting your amputation and adapting to a new way of life can be extremely challenging.
Mallon & McCool, LLC understands your distress. We help relieve your financial burden so that you can concentrate on your personal recovery. Call us today for a free consultation at (800) 918-8872.