On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Doctor Errors on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

A homeless woman had to have her leg amputated following what she says was a serious mishandling of an initial operation. In a medical malpractice claim recently filed by the patient, she claims that doctor errors resulted in a severe infection, requiring multiple follow-up procedures that were ultimately unsuccessful. Civil claims for medical negligence are typically common ways for pursuing compensation for related damages in Texas.

The patient first reported to the hospital in Dec. 2014 with a severely fractured leg. The injury was so severe that surgery was necessary, and multiple screws were used to help keep her leg as stable as possible. She was told to keep all weight off of the leg for a month and a half following the surgery and was subsequently sent to stay with a family member in the area.

Unfortunately, a follow-up examination revealed that the fractured bone never set properly. Instead of holding tight in place, the screws that had been placed in her leg were actually quite loose. Because of the allegedly improper fusion, an infection developed in the wound, prompting doctors to operate several more times. Ultimately, the other surgeries did little to treat the infection, and the woman’s leg had to be amputated.

In her medical malpractice claim, the victim cites doctor errors as the cause of her amputation. The screws, her claim states, were not installed correctly during her first surgery. While advances in technology have allowed doctors to handle serious injuries or illnesses better than they may have been able to in the past, if not properly utilized, then those advances can sometimes cause more harm than good. Texas residents who are victims of similar errors may want to consider whether seeking compensation through similar courses of action would be appropriate courses of action to take.

Source: louisianarecord.com, “Homeless woman sues hospital, doctor after leg amputated allegedly due to post-surgical complication”, Kyle Barnett, Feb. 19, 2015