You are not alone – diabetes is actually the leading cause of foot and leg amputations. Some people with diabetes are also more prone to amputations, including those aged 65 or older, African Americans, those with a loss of feeling or poor circulation in feet and legs, and those who have already suffered an amputation.
People with foot and leg sores who also have diabetes are at risk for amputation if not treated properly. Wearing proper shoes, performing daily inspections of feet, and regular visits to the podiatrist and the doctor can help prevent amputations. It has been statistically proven that diabetic patients with regular visits to a podiatrist have significantly lower rates of amputations and hospitalizations than those who do not visit a podiatrist.
Unfortunately, some people who are under the care of a doctor and/or a podiatrist end up with an amputation anyway. This could be due to a couple of reasons: the patient’s condition may have progressed to such a level that it was impossible for the doctor to treat, or the doctor may have committed malpractice in failing to take steps that would have prevented the amputation.
It may not be clear why you suffered an amputation when you were under the care of a doctor/podiatrist. If you believe the doctor may have committed malpractice, it’s important that you have a third party, such as an attorney, examine your medical records. If the doctor did commit malpractice, you can seek damages from the doctor, including pain and suffering, medical expenses such as hospitalization, rehab, and prosthetic expenses, and more.
Call me, Amputation Lawyer Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567 if you believe that your doctor may have committed malpractice. I am an amputee and understand the issues that amputees face, and can help you with your case. Call today to set up a free consultation.