Amputation Compensation Claims
Whilst medical professionals are fully trained in their field, there are some unfortunate incidents whereby medical malpractice and medical negligence can occur, and in rare cases, this can happen during amputation procedures.
If you have suffered from a traumatic amputation, or have had other complications such as having the wrong leg amputated, you may be wondering what your rights are, and what the next best course of action is.
Smith Partnership’s team of medical negligence solicitors are on hand to help individuals through the amputation compensation claims process.
What is an amputation?
Amputation refers to the medical removal of either an entire limb or part of a limb, due to trauma or illness. It is used to control the spread of disease in unwell patients, or to control pain in affected limbs.
As well being used as a reactive medical measure, amputation can also be used as a form of preventative treatment.
Common causes of amputation
Some of the most common causes that lead to the need for amputation include:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Peripheral vascular disease
The degree of amputation that is required will depend on the viability of the soft tissues used to obtain bone coverage.
How often is the wrong limb amputated?
The incorrect amputation of a limb is a rare medical blunder, however, according to research from PA Media, in NHS hospitals between April 2018 and July 2019, there were roughly 621 cases (the equivalent of nine patients every week) that suffered from incorrect operations and amputations.
Impacts of amputation
Amputations can have significant impacts on individuals' lives, and this is especially the case where the amputation was carried out incorrectly resulting in the wrong limb being removed, unnecessary amputation or a traumatic amputation.
For example, amputations can impact all areas of life such as work lives and personal lives, drastically reducing an individual's ability to engage in these daily activities.
Additionally, amputation can have a huge psychological impact, causing emotional stress.
Loss of limb compensation UK
Amputation compensation accounts for pain, suffering and loss of amenity, often referred to as general damages.
Compensation amounts can range from £15,000 for loss of a finger to £250,000 for the loss of both arms or legs, for example.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that compensation amounts can vary drastically depending on the unique circumstances surrounding the case.
Speak to amputation injury claim lawyers today
If you have suffered a negligent amputation and need help in making an amputation claim, please get in touch with the medical negligence team at Smith Partnership today.
With extensive experience in amputation compensation claims, including diabetic amputation claims and medical accident amputation claims, our team of amputation claim solicitors handle each case with the utmost care and professionalism to ensure individuals can reach a resolution seamlessly with as little stress as possible.