According to the Sacramento Bee, a man recently filed a new medical malpractice lawsuit after having several amputations caused by a spreading infection. The complaint in the suit suggests that a misdiagnosis and failure to timely treat the man’s condition allowed the ailment to progress to the point that the amputations were necessary. Had he receive care up to reasonable standards, he claims, then he would not have lost his limbs.
These sorts of cases are classic examples of the extreme consequences that are often directly related to mistakes made by medical providers.
According to the article the man suffered from a serious (but treable infection) known as MSSA. Medical professionals explain that when caught in time, antibiotics are usually able to deal with the infection and prevent long-term harm. The key, of course, is the timing. When a patient has the infection it is absolutely critical that the doctors identify the problem and ensure antibiotics are given as soon as possible.