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Undergoing an amputation is undoubtedly incredibly worrying and stressful. Not only do patients have to deal with the physical implications of losing a limb, but also the psychological strain that this causes. If you have undergone an amputation following an incident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
At Ramsdens Solicitors, our experienced team of legal experts is on hand to help you every step of the way through this emotionally straining process.
Amputation can come about as a consequence of various injuries and illnesses, which have been outlined below.
Amputation as a result of a traumatic injury is the most common case in people aged under 50. This type of injury can be brought about following:
In such cases, blood vessels and other body tissue is ripped and shredded beyond repair, leaving no option other than to remove the body part.
A number of illnesses can irreversibly destroy body tissues, and while in many cases amputation can be avoided, it is sometimes the only option. Most cases of amputations associated with blood clots are brought about by clotting in the arteries, which prevent the blood flow to tissues beyond the blockage.
In other cases, amputation can be brought about after venous thrombosis (DVT), which causes “blue leg syndrome”, while some patients with diabetes and neuropathy can be particularly vulnerable to amputation.
It is the duty of healthcare professionals to ensure that those patients who are particularly vulnerable are well looked after, and steps are taken to avoid exposing them to the risks of amputation.
A cancer diagnosis can often mean an amputation is carried out to remove severely damaged body tissues, and to prevent malignant tumours from spreading to other parts of the body. Sometimes, if there has been a delay in diagnosis or treatment, amputation may be carried out as a last resort - however, it could have been avoidable.
Some babies are born with a missing limb, which is referred to as congenital amputation. In the majority of cases, this occurs when the blood flow to a developing limb is constricted in the womb. If antenatal scanning was not carried out properly, the parents of babies born with this condition could be entitled to compensation.
If your circumstances are different to those outlined in the list above, we would still like to speak to you about your case. Contact the specialist negligence solicitors at Ramsdens today by calling 0800 804 7450, or fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you at a more convenient time