The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament that stabilizes your knee joint. It can be torn or ruptured as a result of a twisting injury to the knee. An accident that injures the ACL often injures other parts of the knee as well.
If a person has injured his or her ACL, a doctor may recommend an ACL reconstruction. It replaces the ACL with a piece of tissue from elsewhere in the body.
Fortunately, most ACL reconstructions are performed successfully. If people do have problems, usually they are minor and can be treated, such as pain, infection, and bleeding. Some major complications could include blood clots, damage to the nerves around the knee, and the loss of the use of the knee.
Unfortunately, in some rare cases an ACL reconstruction can result in major medical complications, such as amputation.
Surgeons should be prepared for medical complications and should take appropriate steps quickly in order to avoid complications.
If a surgeon fails to act quickly when he or she discovers the surgery or the recovery is not going as it should, and the patient suffers an amputation as a result, the surgeon may be liable for medical malpractice.
In some cases, the surgeon may not have done anything wrong and the amputation may have been unavoidable. In that case, you will not be able to recover for damages in most cases. However, if you have suffered an amputation because of a negligent surgeon, you may be able to recover for your damages.
The surgeon or another party may be liable for your pain and suffering, loss of the limb, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
If you have undergone ACL surgery only to end up with an amputation, call Conal Doyle, Amputation Attorney at 310-385-0567.
I am not only an amputation attorney, but also an amputee. Call me today to learn more about your rights.