Category Archives: Amputations

Little Girl Loses Leg Because of Farm Accident

An 8-year-old girl was severely injured in a backover accident on her parent’s farm in 2007.  The girl’s father was using the farm owner’s utility tractor to mow around the trailer on the land where he lived with his family.  The girl came from behind him and got caught in the blades of the mower because her father backed up the mower at the same time.  As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated.

The manufacturer of the lawnmower argued that the lawn tractor was intended for commercial use only; however, this lawnmower is routinely used to mow school yards and anywhere you expect to see kids.  The plaintiffs won in a settlement just a year later.

Veteran Sues US Government for Malpractice

A retired US airman is suing the US government for medical malpractice.  His wife and him claim that military surgeons messed up a routine gallbladder operation that eventually led to the amputation of his legs.  He claims that at the beginning of the surgery the doctors lacerated his aorta cutting off blood flow to his legs for hours.

They claim the government failed to supervise “the quality of medical, surgical, nursing and health care services” and follow rules for patient safety because a resident surgeon performed the surgery without the necessary supervision.

They are suing for $34.3 million which includes monetary compensation for pain and suffering, physical impairment, loss of earning, mental anguish and disfigurement.  It also seeks monetary compensation for his wife for the loss of relationship, household services and enjoyment of life or loss of capacity to enjoy life.  This is a great challenge to the Feres Doctrine, which does not permit members of the military to sue the government for negligence.