Medical Negligence Claims for Amputation or Loss of Limb
Although healthcare standards in the UK mean medical negligence is relatively rare, medical mistakes can and do sometimes happen. So if you had a limb amputated and you believe it was a result of medical negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Amputation Due to Medical Negligence
Amputating a limb is usually carried out as a last resort, when all other options have been exhausted or when no other course of medical action will be effective. When a patient is affected by medical negligence, the resulting complications may make it necessary to amputate, in order to prevent further deterioration or death.
What Types of Medical Negligence Can Lead to Amputation?
A misdiagnosis can mean a delay in medical treatment, which can allow progressive conditions to worsen. In the most severe cases, depending on what the illness or problem is, this can lead to there being no option other than to amputate, either because the damage is beyond repair, or to prevent the condition compromising the rest of the body.
An infection can develop while in hospital as a result of poor hygiene standards, or an infection that was wrongly diagnosed, again delaying medical treatment, can lead to amputation. Severe infections or ones that result in Sepsis may become unresponsive to medication and require removal of an affected limb to prevent the spread to healthy tissue or fatality.
A mistake during a surgical procedure, or one that was carried out unnecessarily, can have catastrophic consequences if the resulting damage means an amputation is unavoidable. It can also include cases where an amputation was carried out without actual need for one, or when the wrong limb has been removed.
Making a Claim for a Wrongful Amputation
A successful claim for a wrongful amputation due to medical negligence can ensure you get a compensation settlement that will help you readjust to life.
Your compensation settlement will cover the cost of any care, rehabilitation, equipment or physical or psychological support you may need. The objective will be to help you live as independent a life as possible without unnecessary financial worries.
Making a claim for amputation compensation can also raise awareness of the negligence that took place. This can lead to tougher processes and higher standards being implemented, which can turn ensure what happened to you doesn’t happen to other NHS patients.
Time Limit on Wrongful Amputation Claims
You have 3 years from when the amputation took place to make a claim for compensation. If you’re claiming on behalf of a child, you have until their 18th birthday to start the claim, after which it will become the child's responsibility and the 3-year deadline applies.
If the child or adult is classed as a Protected Person – someone who’s incapable of handling their own affairs due to a mental disorder – there are no time limits on making a claim.
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