The normal aging process results in many complications, but amputation should not be one of them. If a physician determines that an amputation is necessary it is important to determine the reason. In most cases, it is the result of a medical condition gone wrong. Too often, the medical condition necessitating amputation worsens due to the negligent conduct of nursing home staff. In these situations, the victim or his or her family are entitled to compensation from the nursing home.
The primary cause of amputations for nursing home residents are complications arising from diabetes. However, peripheral artery disease and even bedsores can result in the need for this procedure. For that reason, nursing home residents depend on staff to monitor their conditions and ensure they receive proper treatment. The conduct of nursing home staff should be examined if any of these conditions result in amputation.
Amputations can have horrible effects on the elderly. Indeed, nursing home residents often suffer from existing mobility limitations and an amputation only makes those conditions worse. For example, if a resident already uses mobility device then an amputation can make mobility impossible. Beyond the physical issues, it often results in severe psychological damage as well.
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