Amputation Negligence Claims
Amputation is necessary when a patient needs to have part of their body surgically removed because it is either of no use or poses a risk to their health. In some instances, amputations are needed to help minimise pain or to prevent an infection from spreading through a patient’s body. Unfortunately, medical professionals occasionally make mistakes, and this can have severe impacts on the diagnosis, health and recovery of a patient.
If you have suffered from a medical fault during an amputation operation or aftercare, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The following article offers information on how you can initiate your case, including the type of behaviour that may be considered to be negligent, the possible impacts of medical failures and how a claim can be made.
The most common types of amputations are to the leg, arm, foot and toes. That said, amputations can now be carried out on many other areas of the body including the breasts for example, which is known as a mastectomy and is often carried out as a result of breast cancer.
Amputations have obvious physical implications, but the emotional and psychological impact is equally as great. You may feel a sense of trauma and are likely to have significant changes to your day to day life following an amputation. This often includes pain, mobility concerns and general discomfort. Some patients feel that their confidence reduces and that their desire to take part in normal activities suffers.
Amputations caused by Medical Negligence
If an amputation is needed because of the fault or negligence of a medical professional, the implications and discomfort naturally heightens. Suffering from an amputation because of the fault of another can cause additional trauma, emotional pain and challenges. In such instances, it should be possible for you to make a claim for medical negligence compensation
One of the most common causes of amputation as a result of medical negligence is because of the mismanagement and poor diagnosis of conditions linked to diabetes. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputation throughout the world and as such, medical professionals can be expected to pay closer attention to risks associated with the condition in their patients. Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can lead to severe complications which may result in the need for amputation, particularly in the toes and feet.
Amputations can also be needed because of errors during surgical procedures or because of delays in treatment. These breaches of the duty of care owed by medical staff to patients amount to clinical negligence, and this makes victims eligible to claim compensation. The compensation awarded serves to ease the burdens of the losses and suffering inflicted on you and helps to assure that the best quality of life can be achieved going forward.
Support Following a Clinical Negligence Amputation
The compensation that is secured following a claim is only part of the support that is available to clinical negligence amputees. Sourcing a medical negligence solicitor who is experienced in dealing with similar claims will be the first step to securing the best levels of support available. This includes obtaining advice on future plans such as prosthetics and rehabilitation and housing matters. The following are some of the additional support contacts that can be introduced to claimants by experienced and talented solicitors in this field.
Prosthetics consultants will usually be needed in order to determine and confirm the type of prosthesis that you need. To arrange the most appropriate prosthesis, the consultant will evaluate your lifestyle and preferred activities and arrange the prosthetic limb to suit this where possible. If a prosthetic is not available that can accommodate your pre-amputation lifestyle, this information will be reported.
If your prosthetic has already been fitted, the consultant will be asked to provide a report on the suitability, effectiveness and comfort. This information will help the solicitor to determine the quality of life, and any ongoing difficulties or restrictions that are faced by you, so that compensation can be negotiated accordingly.
Nursing and Care Aids Consultant
A nursing and care aids expert will also usually be asked to assess your needs, both past, currently and in the future. The assessment will provide a review of the requirements for nursing support and equipment both in the home and externally. This review will form part of the solicitor’s overall evaluation of the impact that the amputation has had on you, and will likely have on you in the future.
A Housing consultant will be hired to assess and make a report on the needs of adaptations and additions to your home to enable you to live comfortably and safely. If your current home is no longer suitable for your needs, advice will be given relating to alternative housing options or which amendments are needed for the property to be appropriate.