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Medical malpractice lawsuit follows amputation

When people in Massachusetts are admitted to a medical care facility, they typically have certain expectations regarding the quality of care they will receive. In most cases, doctors, nurses and other staff provide wonderful care and work to ensure the safety and well-being of their patients. Unfortunately, there could be serious consequences if negligence occurs. For example, one man and his wife are suing an out-of-state rehabilitation facility, claiming medical malpractice led to an amputation.

The man was reportedly a patient at Lakeland Partners LLC in early Jan. 2015. According to court papers, the facility contacted his wife, informing her that her husband had suffered a fractured leg and gangrene had developed. The cause of the fracture is unclear.

According to reports, the man's wife was informed that if his leg was not removed, he would likely not survive. She was asked to sign forms to consent to the surgery. As a result of the amputation, the patient and his wife are accusing the facility of failing to supervise and care for him as well as failure to exercise reasonable care. They additionally claim that the man was later involuntarily discharged from the facility and left on the porch of their house without notice, prompting additional claims of abandonment.

Because of the alleged medical malpractice, the man will have to adapt to a new way of living. In order to cope with the amputation, he will likely require rehabilitation as well as therapy and assistive medical devices. If it can be proved that he is a victim of negligence on the part of the rehabilitation facility, he could receive an award of damages to help cope with the costs related to his past, current and future medical care as well as physical and emotional distress and lost wages. Many people in Massachusetts who have suffered from a medical care facility's negligence have chosen a similar course of action.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Rehabilitation center sued for malpractice after emergency amputation", Andrey Burin, March 20, 2015

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