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Amputation Negligence Claims

Have you, or a member of your family undergone an emergency amputation in the last three years as a result of medical negligence? If you have Amputation Injury Claimshad to undergo amputation surgery due to the negligence of a medical professional, our clinical negligence claims experts can help you to make a  no win no fee claim for 100% medical negligence compensation. Book a  free consultation with one of our accredited negligence solicitors using the online form, and find out whether we can help you.

Amputation injuries caused by medical negligence are rare, but they do happen. The most common cause is failure to diagnose diabetes, leading to a potentially dangerous condition known as peripheral polyneuropathy. If left undetected, peripheral polyneuropathy can cause severe nerve damage, often in the feet or legs, necessitating amputation. You might also be entitled to compensation if you have had to undergo an amputation due to:

  • Delays in diagnosing meningitis or septicaemia.
  • Errors arising from partial amputation (of a finger or toe, for example).
  • A surgical site infection caused by negligent wound care.
  • Failures in diagnosing potentially harmful infections, or gangrene.
  • Serious hospital infection, such as MRSA.
  • Failures in diagnosing or treating a foot ulcer (particularly in the case of diabetics).
  • Poor hygiene standards leading to a staphylococcal infection.

For most doctors, surgical amputation is usually a last resort when all other types of treatment have failed, or when blood poisoning (septicaemia) shows signs of spreading to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, the need for surgical amputation isn’t always isolated to cases where the patient has been involved in a random accident. Occasionally, the outcome of surgical error or medical misdiagnosis is so severe, amputation may be necessary to avoid further risk of patient harm or deterioration.

If you believe you suffered an unnecessary amputation due to the negligence of your doctor or surgeon, or you’d like advice on how to make a claim, contact our medical negligence solicitors on the free-phone number above for more information. We’ll be happy to assess your case on its own merits, and discuss any reservations you may have relating to the claims process.

Wrongful Surgical Amputation

It is important to note that amputation surgery is generally a last resort, and will only usually be performed when there is perceived risk of further infection or injury to the patient. Hundreds of people undergo some form of amputation procedure each year in the UK, usually due to road traffic accidents, injuries caused by industrial machinery and serious falls from height. While rare, amputation surgery is occasionally performed when it isn’t necessary, or because a medical error has caused a patient’s condition to deteriorate.

Amputation CompensationMedical misdiagnosis is one of the leading causes of wrongful surgical amputation. For example, a doctor might diagnose cancer in a limb and recommend that amputation is the best solution to prevent metastisation. Then, after amputation, it is discovered that the cancer was misdiagnosed, or it would have been unlikely to spread as previously thought. The severity of conditions such as meningitis, peripheral polyneuropathy and septicaemia can also be misdiagnosed, leading to unnecessary surgical amputation of one or more limbs. In any case where surgical amputation is deemed fundamental in order to minimise further risk to the patient’s health, the specialist must be satisfied that no other course of treatment

Claiming For Amputation Compensation Related Negligence

Amputation injuries caused by medical negligence aren’t very common, quite rare, but when these types of errors do occur, the outcome can be catastrophic for patients and their families. Wrongful amputation claims can be complex, and many people forego their right to compensation believing their case will be too difficult to prove. Before you consider filing a medical negligence claim, you should always seek advice from an accredited legal specialist with experience in this area of personal injury law. They will be able to advise you on the chances of a successful outcome, based on the unique merits of your case.

By law, there are certain prerequisites you must fulfil in order to be able to file a no win no fee medical negligence claim. Firstly, you must be able to demonstrate that some form of medical negligence or error has occurred, and more importantly, that this in some way led to either physical or psychological suffering on your part. Naturally, we don’t expect you to be able to supply proof in the form of medical records, and in the majority of circumstances, we carry out our own investigation as part of the no win no fee agreement to corroborate the details of your injuries.

High Compensation Amounts For Your Surgical Negligence Claim

Coming to terms with limb amputation is difficult at the best of times, but to later learn it was unnecessary because your condition was misdiagnosed can be catastrophic. Our clinical negligence experts understand that the effects of this type of negligence can transcend many areas of everyday life, including your ability to  work and enjoy a decent quality of life with your family. While compensation in no way makes up for your ordeal, it can help to ease the financial anxieties so often faced by negligence victims.

Here are a few examples of compensation ranges awarded for some of the most common conditions arising from amputation negligence claims:

  • Partial amputation of the forearm (below elbow): up to  £72,000*
  • Partial loss of index or middle finger: £9,980 – £12,250*
  • Amputation of the big toe: £28,750 –  £34,000*
  • Below ankle amputation: £44,000 – £72,000*
  • Amputation below the knee (one leg): £86,000 – £92,000*
  • Amputation of both legs: up to £186,000*

Do you have questions about your entitlement to medical negligence compensation? If you are in any doubt about your entitlement, or require legal advice from an accredited medical negligence specialist, get in touch with us by calling the free-phone number above. Alternatively, submit your enquiry online and one of our legal experts will call you straight back.