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Gangrene as a Result of Medical Malpractice

By Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP. posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

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Gangrene is a condition which strikes when tissues such as the skin and muscle die when still attached to the body. This condition can be profoundly serious as it can lead to amputation of body parts. In some rare cases it may also result in the death of the patient due to putrefaction of tissues.

Bacteria begin to thrive on the gangrenous tissues which in turn increases the risk of contracting several life threatening infections.

Types of Gangrene

Dry gangrene: This kind of gangrene is very common in people who suffer from blood vessel diseases, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes. Dry gangrene usually affects only the hands and feet and begins when blood flow to the affected area is impaired due to poor circulation. The tissue dries up and turns brown to purplish-blue to black in color, before it begins to fall off. This kind of gangrene generally doesn't entail an infection of any sort.

Wet gangrene: Wet gangrene almost always involves an infection. Injuries sustained from severe burns or accidents where a body part is either crushed or squeezed can impede blood supply to the affected area which in turn causes tissue death and increases risk for infections. The tissue in these parts of the body swells up and also blisters. It is called wet due to the presence of pus. Wet gangrene is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition as the infection can spread rapidly if timely treatment is not sought.

Gangrene due to surgeries: Various surgeries too can cause restricted blood flow and infections that, left untreated can turn to gangrene. Infections are common in such cases as surgery allows bacteria easy entry into the body. Also, hospitals are a breeding ground for several deadly bacteria and surgery weakens the immunity and makes the patient more susceptible to infections such as gangrene.

In many cases, surgery that is not performed correctly, can impair the blood supply to several parts of the body. Surgeries performed for obstruction, severance, constriction, removal, and even adhesion and can reduce the supply of oxygen to certain parts of the body which in turn can cause gangrene.

Hospital and Surgeon Liability

Despite choosing the best hospital and surgeon, you can never be 100% sure that a surgery will go as smoothly and precisely as planned. Also, medicine is not a perfect science and different people respond to medicines and surgery differently.

If you contract gangrene soon after a surgery, it doesn't necessarily indicate medical negligence. However, due to the advancements in medical science, the hospital staff should be able to detect and treat cases of gangrene as soon as the patient exhibits signs and symptoms of having contracted the infection.

Patients who have developed gangrene as a result of medical malpractice or surgery may be entitled to compensation if the doctor, surgeon and hospital staff did not act in a responsible and conscientious manner. If the level of care rendered post-surgery was sub-standard and led to the patient contracting gangrene, the hospital may be considered liable.

Seeking Legal Assistance

Patients who have suffered gangrene as a result of medical negligence can sue the hospital and medical practitioner.

They may also be entitled to a fair compensation for the physical and emotional trauma that they may have had to endure. When gangrene is not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, the patient may need to be amputated. This results in permanent deformity, huge medical bills, disfiguring scars, and even depression apart from lost wages due to prolonged absence from work.

RMFW Law Rarely Comes Up Short

If you or a loved one has developed gangrene as a result of medical negligence, you should immediately seek the help of the profound medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.

RMFW Law is a sterling law firm that not only aims to bolster its reputation but it wants to make sure patients are not mistreated by the medical establishment. If you suffer because of neglect someone else should pay and our law firm can make this happen. Your case needs a medical expert to back up your case or you simply do not have one. We know where and how to find this person.

There is not any guarantees so do not assume anything but if you have been poorly treated, we will do our best to make sure that doctor or medical professional pays. If it is more than one, then we will target them all. This is not an overnight lawsuit if there ever was one. Medical malpractice cases take months, some times longer than a year. Call RMFW Law today. Let's get moving on this!

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