A bunion is a bone deformity near the joint of the big toe. In some cases, a bunion can become painful and can make walking and wearing shoes difficult. A bunionectomy is a very common procedure done to repair a bunion. This is usually considered minor surgery and is done routinely with minimal complications. However, for one man, a bunionectomy ended with the loss of his leg to amputation. The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Cook County against Diversey Medical Center and two doctors, claiming negligence caused his injuries.
A bunionectomy is surgery that is done to remove part of the bone and tissues that are causing the toe to be misaligned. There is extra bone material that needs to be removed through a surgical procedure. An incision is made and an ostectomy is performed. This is the removal of bone through surgery. A patient who has a bunionectomy would never expect that complications could arise that would require amputation of the leg. Yet that is what happened in this situation.
Improper Post-Surgical Care
After undergoing the bunionectomy, the man claims that the doctors failed to provide adequate care. The wounds were allowed to become infected and as a result of the infection, the man’s leg had to be amputated. Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide proper care before, during and after surgery. The doctors in this case allegedly allowed the man’s wound to become infected, causing extensive pain, medical expenses, and a lifelong disability.
Infection Led to Amputation
Only a very serious infection leads to an amputation. The normal course of treatment is to use a course of antibiotics. If the wound is severely infected it needs to be opened and cleaned. When all attempts to get the infection under control fail, the last resort would be to amputate the appendage. Amputation is required when there is a threat that the infection will otherwise spread throughout the body and cause death. Had the wound been kept clean after the initial surgery, the infection would not have occurred.
Not only did the man suffer through pain and further medical treatment, but he lost his leg, causing him to be permanently disabled. The man may no longer be able to work, and will require continued medical treatment and physical therapy over his lifetime. The costs for this care will be quite high, possibly into the millions of dollars. The man could suffer serious financial loss if he must pay for this care himself. It is the responsibility of the negligent parties, in this case, the doctors, to compensate the man for his damages. When a doctor has been negligent or has caused injury to a patient, it is usually called medical malpractice. The victim is entitled to collect money to pay for medical costs, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life. If you or a family member were injured due to medical malpractice, call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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