An amputation is a life-changing injury and one that requires strenuous rehabilitation. The journey to recovery not only impacts the individual but the wider network of family and friends as you all learn to adapt to a new life.
If you believe your amputation may have been the result of medical negligence or was the result of an accident you suffered through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make an amputation compensation claim.
You may be hesitant to make an amputation claim, yet this compensation could be a lifeline to aid you and your family with rehabilitation and support costs in mind, which is why it is important to seek expert advice from specialist amputation solicitors.
What are the different types of amputation?
The NHS states that “an amputation is the surgical removal of part of the body, such as an arm or leg” and are most commonly split into the following two categories:
- Surgical: A surgical amputation is typically a planned procedure performed to prevent an illness from spreading or remove a limb that has lost function.
- Traumatic: Traumatic amputation occurs in the result of an accident in which a limb is lost. This is usually the amputation of a smaller limb such as a finger or toe, but can in some cases be larger limbs such as arms and legs.
What are the common causes of amputations?
Amputations are needed for a number of reasons, including:
- Gangrene: To stop the spread of this infection, an amputation may be performed. Gangrene is most commonly caused by diabetes (due to peripheral arterial disease), frostbite and other illnesses that impact blood circulation.
- Deformity: There are cases in which an amputation will be recommended if a patient suffers from poor function and movement in the affected limb.
- Bone cancer: Depending on the severity of the bone cancer, an amputation may be an appropriate treatment to reduce the risk of the illness spreading throughout the body.
- Traumatic incident: Accidents may occur in which a limb is completely or partially severed.
What are common amputation claims?
- Work-related accidents: If you have lost a limb, fingers or toes in an accident at work you may be entitled to amputation compensation.
- Heavy machinery: Amputations can occur due to the mishandling of heavy machinery or objects falling from height.
- Missed or delayed diagnosis: Diabetes, sepsis, meningitis and cancers being missed and not treated can lead to amputation.
- DVT: There may be delays in diagnosing DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and failing to recognise poor blood supply in a limb.
- Failure of care: Specifically for diabetics, the failure of health professionals to manage foot injuries and neuropathy issues can lead to amputation, as can failure to avoid and/or treat pressure sores appropriately.
- Unneeded surgery: Surgeons may operate on a site that did not need amputating.
How much compensation can you get for an amputation claim?
There are no standard amounts for pay-outs, and it’s down to the specific circumstances of an amputation claim.
The amount that could be awarded in damages depends on different factors, from the nature of the amputation to the financial costs of medical care and loss of income.
An amputation compensation claim will take into account any pain and suffering, but can also help cover the cost of any treatment, physiotherapy and rehabilitation support you may need.
Our expert amputation solicitors will go over every detail of a case to ensure fair compensation is secured. Get in touch today for free, no obligation advice if you believe you may have a claim by clicking here.
What rehabilitation services could help me with my amputation recovery?
As everyone’s rehabilitation journey is different, some services may work for some but not for others. Here are just a few different services that provide amputees with support during recovery:
- Buddy support: At Hudgell Solicitors we have launched our “buddy” mentoring scheme, to give someone with a life-changing injury somebody to talk to who has been through a similar experience. This service is offered free of charge to our clients, so that you can remain focused on your recovery whilst receiving the support you need.
- Counselling: Counselling can provide you with the tools to get used to your everyday life dealing with your life-changing injury. This drastic change is understandably very difficult and counselling can offer you personal support.
- Case manager support: We would more accurately refer to this support as a “care manager”, as through this role all of your health and social care support can be arranged. This service can be invaluable as it takes the stress away from the injured person and their family.
- Mobility support: For amputees, mobility issues can be a major worry. However, there are several rehabilitation programmes out there such as PACE whose mission it is to “convert patients into people” by offering help with prostheses and other services.
- Limbless Association: Hudgell Solicitors is proud to be working with the charity and helped to launch its Support and Connect Hub initiative in Hull. We support the Limbless Association through an annual donation to assist with the day-to-day running of the charity as well as being a legal panel member.
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