Man Claims Doctor Didn’t Treat Gangrene Quickly, Prompting Amputation

Man Claims Doctor Didn't Treat Gangrene Quickly, Prompting Amputation  A Texas man who developed gangrene was not treated quickly enough by his doctor, causing an extremity to become infected and require amputation, a recently-filed medical malpractice suit claims.

William Riley holds Podiatry Associates of Southeast Texas and two doctors employed by the facility accountable for the amputation, which he claims could have been avoided if the defendants acted sooner to treat him, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Riley claims that in 2009, he was treated by Dr. Debra Lusk, who noticed early gangrene in one of his toes. Despite knowing that her patient suffered from diabetes and vascular disease, she provided "little to no care" at the time. 

Nine days later, the toe was amputated, but Riley claims this treatment was provided with too much delay, as an infection set in soon after the amputation. Due to this infection, Riley needed a second, below-the-knee amputation, according to the medical malpractice lawsuit.

He is represented by a medical malpractice attorney and seeks damages from the defendants for alleged negligence and breach of care.

According to the Mayo Clinic, any conditions that can impede blood flow, such as diabetes and vascular disease, increase a person's risk of developing gangrene. Gangrene is far more dangerous when an infection sets in on the decaying tissue, so the prognosis for recovery is better if the condition is treated as early as possible.