Medical Malpractice: Loss of Limb Due to Post Surgery Infection

Posted on September 15, 2022 by Shapiro Law Group

amputated leg womanMedical malpractice is something that the Shapiro Law Group in Florida works with regularly. When it comes to Florida medical malpractice law, some situations, like a post-surgery infection, can cause your body to experience the loss of a limb. If you believe that you suffered from this type of malpractice, contact the leading Florida medical malpractice lawyers who can assist with this settlement.

What Is a Loss of Limb Due to Post Surgery Infection

Due to surgery, you had to correct damage in a limb or even unrelated to the limb, but the procedure was not done correctly. This left your body open to infection and, as a result —  limb loss.

This happens when the blood cannot properly flow to the affected area, and it is too late before it is discovered. Then, you need to have an arm or leg amputated due to a medical mistake.

Post Surgery Infection Symptoms

Before your body gets to the point of losing a limb, there are a few signs that doctors should recognize of a post surgery infection:

Constant low blood pressure

One of the first signs is having relatively low blood pressure that does not show signs of getting higher. This one is hard to identify for folks who have average blood pressure or usually run low blood pressure. It could take a little longer before it appears as an issue.

For those suffering from high blood pressure, this is a sign that something is wrong in the body and needs to be looked at further.

Mood or mental change

Since the surgery happened, a bit of moodiness is expected, but that patient should not have shifted their entire mental state because of surgery. For example, a relatively happy person should not be overly anxious or depressed. This significant change in mood and mental state is another sign of an infection in the body.


When a patient starts having rapid breaths that are excessive each hour, that means that is a sign in any patient that something is amiss. This is known as tachypnea and is associated with underlying conditions. Not all patients experience this symptom right away.

Low-grade fever

If your body temperature rises to a small fever, it could be dismissed at first as just a side effect of the surgery. However, if you continue to have this fever that does not seem to go away after a few days, an infection is not being treated.

Who Is Liable for the Loss of Limb?

The liability of the post surgery infection lies in its cause of it. Most of these post surgery infections are caused by the following:

  • Untreated infections
  • Medical instruments or materials left behind in surgery
  • Bedsores
  • Improper wound dressings and treatments

When you are under the care of a surgeon and the medical staff, some mistakes happen where foreign objects are left inside the body and can cause a dangerous infection. This can also happen if a patient is not cared for properly, obtains bed sores, has wound dressings that are not cleaned and dressed, or has infections going without treatment for days. At that time, the medical facility is liable for the limb loss you or your loved one may have experienced.

What Is the Loss of Limb Settlement

You can be compensated through a limb loss settlement if you have suffered from a limb loss due to no fault. If you are found in favor of the court, you could be awarded funds for income that you have lost currently and in the future for your limb loss. You could also be compensated for medical expenses, debts you gathered through this process, and compensation for your pain and suffering.

Consult Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Contact our team at Shapiro Law Group today if you want more information on Florida malpractice law and if you are eligible for a loss of limb settlement. We will give you a free consultation and see how we can help you get the funds you deserve with our team of Florida medical malpractice lawyers known throughout the state.


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