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Amputation Negligence Claims
Medical negligence can lead to life-changing conditions, including the loss of a limb. You do not anticipate that when you entrust your health to the expertise of the medical profession that the result will be amputation but this devastating outcome is all too real for The Medical Negligence Experts clients who have asked for help claiming compensation.
What is Amputation Negligence?
Losing part of your body due to negligent care is something no patient should ever have to suffer. Medical negligence implies this situation was avoidable and caused entirely by mistake, or several failings, of the staff providing your diagnosis and care.
The fact that limb loss from clinical negligence makes up only a small proportion of the number of medical negligence claims processed every year is of little comfort to someone who has suffered this way. Amputation affects every aspect of a person’s life. They and their family have to cope with the stress of lengthy physical and mental rehabilitation and having to adapt their lives to deal with their physical limitations. For some patients, this can also mean having to give up their career and retrain in a new field.
Causes of Amputation from Medical Negligence
There are two main medical reasons behind the majority of amputations due to medical negligence: misdiagnosis and mistreatment.
Misdiagnosis can include instances such as an undetected infection which leads to sepsis and loss of blood supply, or cancerous cells which are not detected in initial tests; while mistreatment can include surgical errors, inadequate post-surgical care, or conservative treatment of an infection when a patient should be referred for specialist care. All of these are real examples of cases in the UK where people have sought – and obtained – financial compensation for amputation negligence.
Types of amputation can range from a digit amputation where an entire finger or toe, or the tip of one, is removed, to a pelvic or shoulder disarticulation where the whole leg or arm is removed together with part of the pelvis and shoulder.
The Medical Negligence Experts can assist you to claim compensation for any amputation resulting from negligence including damage resulting from inadequate post-operative care. We can also represent clients who have been forced to endure unnecessary physical and psychological pain of retaining a limb beyond repair which has not been amputated.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is serious injury?
Serious injuries have a devastating impact on the individual who experienced the injury as well as their family members and loved ones. Typically, these injuries are more severe than more common personal injury claims, and as such, the effects may reduce one’s quality of life. A serious injury can take place anytime and anywhere, and from a variety of causes, but one thing remains constant – the impact of a serious injury is long-lasting and life-changing no matter its culprit. Many people who have suffered a serious injury need the help of compensation to regain some semblance of their independence, to complete long-term rehabilitation, or to offset the time they must spend away from work and earning an income as they heal. Serious injury law is designed to help those who have lived through the devastating aftermath of a serious injury and need compensation to get their life back on track.
What types of serious injury are common?
Serious injury claims come in several different forms with varied impact on you or your loved one’s life, but the most commonly seen and managed by our solicitors include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Fatal accident
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How much compensation can I receive from a serious injury claim?
Every serious injury compensation case is different from the next, and so the amount of each claim differs greatly. What you can expect from serious injury claims is financial compensation based on the kind of serious injuries you have suffered and how they have negatively impacted your life in both the immediate and long-term. The more severe a serious injury is, the higher the compensation can be for a serious injury claim. If you or a loved one has experienced a serious injury, several factors are included in the calculation of how much financial compensation you are due. These serious injury claim factors often include:
- Loss of earning potential from work
- Adaptations to your home
- Rehabilitation services to regain a quality of life
- General damages (pain and suffering compensation)
Who can make a serious injury claim?
Anyone who has suffered a serious injury through no fault of their own has the opportunity to bring a serious injury claim. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind.
Time Restrictions on Claims – First, the serious injury must have taken place in the last three years for a claim for compensation to be pursued, based on the date the injury occurred. This time restriction applies to those age 18 or older.
Make a Claim on Behalf of Loved One – If a loved one has experienced a serious injury and has a claim for compensation, you may start the process on their behalf. When your loved one is under the age of 18, the three-year time restriction does not start until their 18th birthday.
Exceptions to the Rules – There may be some exceptions to the three-year rule for serious injury claims, so it is important to get in touch with us if you believe you have a claim for compensation. The sooner you reach out to our solicitors, the quicker we can start working on the serious injury claim for you or your loved one.
How much will a serious injury claim cost me?
We understand how devastating a serious injury can be, not only related to your physical and mental health, but to your financial circumstances as well. Being unable to work for an extended period of time, paying for rehabilitation or home adaptations, and covering everyday living expenses before compensation for a serious injury claim arrives creates a challenge for most. Our team of solicitors recognises these difficulties due to serious injury which is why we work on a no win, no fee arrangement. With a no win no fee structure, you do not pay any funds out of pocket to start your serious injury claim for compensation. Instead, you receive free legal advice until your serious injury claim is settled. Only once your claim is successful do you pay for the legal services provided. You and your loved ones will have no up-front financial risk, ensuring you can focus on the future and getting back to the life you knew before your serious injury took place. Let us handle the rest by simply getting in touch today.
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