Amputation surgery may be devastating, even when used as a life-saving measure. Whether the amputation is for the leg, arm, finger, foot, or toe, the patient will usually have to alter their lifestyle to accommodate for the loss of function sustained, which takes both time and unending patience. Financial implications must not be underestimated, as patients will usually need specialist equipment and home improvements. A sophisticated and expensive prosthesis may also be required, particularly for amputation of the leg, alongside rehabilitation, private medical treatment and household assistance.
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Can I Claim?
Whether the procedure is as drastic as a leg amputation or diabetes amputation, or relatively minor processes such as a big toe amputation or an amputated finger, the surgery should be performed with care and expertise. However, in some cases, an amputation may not have been needed at all, resulting instead from surgical error in treating another illness or injury. As if the initial bodily trauma which elicited the amputation wasn’t traumatic enough, to discover that an amputation may have been avoided can understandably leave patients with negative psychological symptoms such as bitterness and distress. Under these circumstances, the patient may be able to make a claim for clinical negligence compensation.
How Much Will I Get ?
Everyone’s claim is entirely different, so it is difficult to advise accurately. However, our Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator may provide a rough estimate of what you may receive. These estimates are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work.
‘No Win No Fee’
At Asons Solicitors, we have taken the risk out of making a claim for all of our clients, which is why over 98% of our claims are No Win No Fee. This way, we can allow everyone access to justice, regardless of their financial position. If you choose to make a claim with us, there are no upfront fees or unexpected costs, as we take on the risk for you.
More on ‘No Win, No Fee’ here.
How Does it Happen?
Delays in diagnosing cancer, vascular problems in diabetics and serious injuries involving infection can all lead to the amputation of limbs that could otherwise have been saved had the appropriate care been provided. Avoiding a misdiagnosis of these conditions should be a priority, so where medical negligence can be proven, victims are entitled to make a claim for amputation compensation. Where an amputation claim is successful, the awarded funds can help to alleviate the strain, covering the costs of expensive equipment and medical care and allowing the victim to focus on their recovery and potential return to work.
There are several diseases which lead to the damage of body tissue if they fail to be monitored and treated with due care and attention, potentially requiring an amputation. Where medical negligence has occurred, delayed or inappropriate treatment can lead to the need for amputation of the affected limbs, often to prevent the spread of disease and infection to other parts of the body. For example a patient may have a foot amputation to ensure an infection doesn’t cause further damage in the rest of the leg.
Who are most at Risk?
People suffering from diabetes are at particular risk of facing amputation if their treatment isn’t managed effectively. Where a practitioner has failed to reduce this risk of amputation, or failed to provide the best possible course of treatment leading to complications, you may be eligible for diabetes amputation compensation.
Cancer is another condition that holds a high risk of amputation if the tumour isn’t diagnosed within good time, or misdiagnosed as another ailment. If the tumour is malignant there is a risk of it migrating to neighbouring parts of the body and so the affected area may need to be removed in some cases. If this is as a result of medical error allowing the unchecked progression of the disease, then the health trust responsible may be liable to pay out necessary compensation to fund any costs incurred as a result, alongside the physical and emotional stress caused by such an event.
Whether the patient requires a finger amputation, a foot amputation, a big toe amputation or even a full amputation of the leg, should they have suffered from avoidable complications, they may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Our Amputation Claims Experience
Our legal expertise in dealing with amputation compensation claims is second to none. Due to the years of extensive legal service provided by our medical negligence solicitors, it is likely that they will have already overseen a case similar to your own; allowing them to focus on the most critical medical and evidential points of your case from the outset. This means that the most pertinent issues will be thoroughly covered whilst we investigate your amputation medical claim; resulting in the greatest possible outcome for you.
The physical costs of avoidable amputation are clear and are enough to contend with on their own. At Asons though, we also recognise the financial and psychological costs of dealing with such life changing surgery. It’s our job to provide the greatest possible support – even outside the boundaries of legal advice. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have, providing information and links to other support groups where required as well as providing a friendly point of contact should you have anything else that you wish to discuss.
Be Quick… Time is Of the Essence
It is natural to be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you.
We help acquire all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to collate all appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved, substantiating your claim.