I’m sorry to hear about your amputation. As an amputee, I understand the physical and emotional struggles that accompany an amputation.
Septic shock is a complication of sepsis. Sepsis can occur as the result of an infection, and is extremely dangerous and life threatening. There are three stages of sepsis. The first is sepsis, when the infection reaches the blood stream, and causes inflammation in the body. The second is severe sepsis, which occurs when the infection is serious enough to affect the functioning of your organs. Septic shock occurs when you experience a significant drop in blood pressure, which can lead to respiratory or heart failure, other organ failure, strokes, and death.
Some symptoms of septic shock include a fever, low body temperature, rapid breathing, and a fast heart rate. When septic shock becomes very severe, there may be dizziness, confusion, problems breathing, and a bluish discoloration of the fingers or lips. Septic shock is caused by an infection that is not treated. In many cases, septic shock can be treated with antibiotics, other medications, large amounts of fluids, and minor surgery. In serious cases such as yours, an amputation may be required.
You may be able to sue your doctor as a result of your amputation. However, you will have to prove that your doctor acted negligently. Your doctor may have failed to properly recognize the signs of sepsis, or may not have properly treated your infection initially. Call me, Conal Doyle, amputation attorney, at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.