Normally, amputated limbs and organs that have been removed are considered the property of the hospital that removed them.
They are considered medical waste, and are supposed to be incinerated after being examined by a pathologist.
Although you may view your limb as being your property, after being removed there are a number of reasons the hospital does not consider it yours.
An amputated limb can pose serious health hazards to the public as well as you.
The limb most likely needs to be examined by a doctor for reasons related to your health.
A Dutch man recently won a legal battle for his amputated leg, which he said he planned to make into a lamp.
He wanted to sell the lamp to raise money for his prosthesis.
A Florida man also has a legal battle on his hands concerning his amputated leg. He went to a hospital in Miami for amputation surgery, and the leg was supposed to be incinerated.
However, it was instead placed in a trash receptacle with his name on it.
Police contacted his relatives after his limb was discovered at a waste management facility in order to determine if he was missing or dead.
The hospital failed to provide him with an explanation so he sued for damages from emotional distress.
Amputations can be painful, and the adjustment afterwards can be difficult.
If you are an amputee, you may have legal options.
Call me, Amputation Lawyer Conal Doyle, at 310-385-0567.
I am an attorney who works with amputees to help them obtain damages to which they are entitled, such as compensation for medical malpractice or an accident caused by a negligent party.
Call today to learn more.