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We understand that undergoing an amputation can be an incredibly worrying and stressful time. 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 accident or an injury / illness was caused or worsened by a medical professional, you could be entitled to make an amputation claim and recover compensation.
At Ramsdens Solicitors, our experienced team of personal injury and medical negligence claims experts are on hand to help you every step of the way through this difficult process. Contact us today by calling 01484 821 500, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an online contact form and we will be in touch at a time convenient for you.
Amputation surgery may be necessary to treat various injuries and illnesses, and can be stressful and physically demanding. You may be required to change certain aspects of your life following an amputation. For example, if you undergo an arm amputation, you will struggle to complete certain tasks.
Amputation may be the best course of action for the following types of injuries:
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 required as a last resort when it could have been avoidable.
To be successful in your amputation claim, you will have to prove that:
To do so, it will be necessary to gather evidence that supports your medical negligence / injury claim. This can be in the form of medical records, witness statements or a diagnosis from another independent medical professional. We will be able to recommend which of these you will need and how to acquire them.
We will compile the evidence for you to form the strongest case possible and present this to the other party with the goal of settling on a compensation amount without needing to take court action. However, if they do not accept liability, or you are unhappy with the amount of compensation they are willing to part with, court proceedings may be necessary, and we will represent you.
You should not attempt to make an amputation claim without the help of a specialist clinical negligence / personal injury specialist, such as those at Ramsdens. These claims can be complex and require a nuanced understanding of the law. Our team of specialists will not only guide you through the legal process but will also help you gather the necessary evidence, liaise with medical professionals for expert opinions and negotiate with insurance companies or opposing parties.
To begin the claims process, simply reach out to our team of experienced amputation claims solicitors to discuss your case. We offer a free initial consultation to assess the viability of your claim. This includes reviewing any evidence you have and discussing the circumstances of your case.
If you decide to proceed with your claim, we will help you gather all the necessary evidence, which can include medical reports, witness statements and any other relevant documentation. Once all the evidence is compiled, we will formally submit your claim to the responsible party or their insurance company.
We will handle any communications with the other parties involved, including any negotiation, during which we will aim to secure the highest possible settlement for you.
If your claim is successful, you'll receive your compensation either as a lump sum or as staggered payments, depending on the specifics of your case and your needs.
Our medical negligence specialists have experienced success for claims of all kinds, and we understand that each situation is different. We operate with sensitivity, and will take the bulk of the legal responsibility away from you so you can continue with your life.
We approach all of our clinical negligence cases on a no win, no fee basis when deciding to work with us to secure your amputation compensation.
To support your amputation injury claim, you'll need to gather various types of evidence. This may include:
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to can vary widely based on several factors.
Compensation amounts are typically divided into general and special damages, each covering different aspects of your circumstances:
There are multiple scenarios beyond medical negligence where you might find yourself making an amputation claim. These can include but aren't limited to: