Sometimes, tragically, medical negligence can result in a limb amputation. The loss of a limb is an extremely traumatic event which is often accompanied by the additional complications of phantom limb pain or syndrome and severe psychological or emotional problems as well as the primary physical disability. Amputees also have to adjust to a very different way of life. They may not be able to walk, go to work or carry out any of the everyday activities they had done in the past.
Amputation is normally only an option, when all other methods of preserving the limb have failed. Surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis of conditions, infections following surgery and failing to treat serious injuries correctly can all result in amputation.
Amputation can be of one or both legs, one or both arms, hands, feet, toes, fingers or parts of limbs. Amputees can be left with pain, psychological damage, poor quality of life, financial difficulties and often the need for care and adapted housing.
Surgical amputations are sometimes unavoidable; as without them serious life endangering infections, severe pain or further deterioration of the limb can occur. Any amputation is a highly distressing experience; we understand that and help our clients cope on all levels. We work with some of the best prosthetists (specialists in prosthetic limbs) and psychologists in the UK.
Our experience shows us that Medical Negligence which results in surgical amputation is often for one of the following reasons:
- Delay in diagnosing cancer in the limb;
- Complications with diabetics including failure to treat injuries and ulcers;
- Serious limb injuries or infection;
- Nerve / tendon and muscle damage caused during surgery;
- Partial amputations not performed correctly;
- Poor treatment of a serious wound or laceration; and
- Hospital acquired infections.
For further information please see Frequently Asked Questions about Clinical Negligence Claims. We act for clients throughout the UK and internationally. To speak to a member of our experienced team of solicitors, please call 01825 761555 for free initial advice about your claim.