Causes of Amputations

Amputations are often caused by or have to be carried out due to physical trauma suffered in an accident or due to infections and diseases that can be acquired due to negligent medical professional’s diagnosis or treatment.

Physically Traumatic Injuries

A traumatic amputation may occur due to an unexpected and violent incident that may be classified as being caused by one of the following:

  • Chemical: caused by chemicals with corrosive properties
  • Mechanical: caused by mechanical malfunction or misuse of machinery
  • Thermal: caused by exposure to extreme heat
  • Electrical: caused by a powerful, high voltage electric shock

There are various situations in which an amputation due to trauma may occur:

  • Work accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motor accidents
  • Motorbike accidents

Medical Negligence

Meningitis is an example of a potentially devastating ailment that can result in amputations. It is an unfortunate fact of life that many diseases, infections and reasonable medical complications can cause such life-changing injuries, like amputations.

Surgical operation

When the misdiagnosis or mistreatment of a disease or infection by a medical professional results in an amputation, a person may be left with devastating injuries and the feeling that the trust they had in a medical practitioner has been betrayed.

Diseases that may result in devastating amputations due to a medically negligent diagnosis or treatment include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Osteomyelitis

Moreover, a hospital acquired infection (HAI) due to poor hygiene may result in a person requiring an amputation. Such infections include:

  • Meningitis
  • MRSA
  • Staphylococcus Aureus