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Amputation Caused by Medical Negligence
Some of the worst cases of medical negligence can result in amputation, and if a medical error has resulted in you losing a limb, or any or all of your fingers and toes, you may be entitled to claim compensation. JMW is highly experienced in helping patients make a successful amputation claim and we can provide all of the guidance you need to help you better cope with such a devastating change to your everyday life.
To find out more about how we can help you claim the compensation to which you are entitled, simply call us for free on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we can discuss your situation in more detail, advising you of the next steps to take.
In most cases, surgeons will only ever perform an amputation if it is wholly necessary. However, in some instances a patient may find they require an amputation because of a medical professional's negligence. This form of negligence can include:
- A surgeon amputating too much of a limb or operating in the wrong place
- Previous medical mistakes resulting in amputation being required
- Failure to diagnose lower limb ischaemia or DVT resulting in amputation
- Infection or errors in the hospital resulting in the need to amputate
An amputation is a devastating change for anyone. You may have to change jobs, or you may not be able to work at all. You may also have to make many changes in your day-to-day lifestyle. On top of this, you may face significant financial costs when undergoing surgery, rehabilitation and when finding a prosthetic limb to suit you.
Aside from the physical and emotional trauma, amputations can continue to cause other serious issues and illnesses, such as:
- Phantom limb pain
- Chronic neuroma
These problems cause considerable pain and affect not only you, but also your family. At JMW, we believe that all aspects of your situation should be reflected in any settlement, including long-term physical and psychological suffering by both you and your loved ones.
Adjusting to life following amputation can be extremely difficult. It can be particularly frustrating and even confusing as performing simple tasks can become significantly harder, and you may have to make considerable changes to the way you live your everyday life. This can include changes regarding:
- Home life
You may require certain help to assist with your recovery and to help you come to terms with how your life is likely to change. This can include:
- Care support
- Specialist equipment
- Property adaptations
The sensitive and professional team at JMW is here to help with you with life after your amputation. We can help you secure the compensation you need in order to pay for the treatment and equipment you require, and will provide the guidance you need to help get your life back on track despite the setbacks suffered.
JMW will ensure you continue to get the very best from life after an amputation, that you and your family are well looked after and that you get the very best care and medical assistance. We have specialist solicitors with experience of handling amputation compensation claims and can give you the best possible chance of receiving the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones heads an experienced team that is widely regarded as one of the best of its kind in England and Wales. It includes several lawyers that are members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence, as well as members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel.