A man was on his way home from work in September 2015 when a series of events led to his leg being amputated. The man, who lives in a state outside Texas, was apparently hit by a car, and was quickly transported to a hospital for treatment. It was reportedly determined that the man was in dire need of emergency vascular surgery on his leg. A federal court is now preparing to hear a medical malpractice case where the man has claimed substandard care caused him to lose his limb.
A phone call was placed to an emergency hot line at another hospital, because the hospital where the man was initially treated was apparently not equipped to perform such surgery. The hot line number was supposed to be answered within the first three rings; however, those involved say the phone was never answered. They reportedly left messages on a voice machine, instead.
At some point, the man was transferred to the second facility, but surgery seems to have been further delayed because of CT scan complications. It has been suggested that delays are the leading causal factors in amputations after leg injuries. To avoid amputation, a patient must typically undergo surgery to revascularize a limb within 6 to 8 hours.
The man in this situation was allegedly not operated on until at least 13 hours after his injury. Sadly, the surgery appears to have taken place too late, and doctors were unable to save the leg. The patient has filed a $24 million medical malpractice claim against those deemed to have failed in the care they provided. A Texas personal injury lawyer would be able to assist anyone considering filing a similar claim in the state.
Source: New York Daily News, "Man who lost his leg blames Brooklyn hospital in a $24M medical malpractice lawsuit", Dareh Gregorian, July 5, 2016