Surgery Claims

Amputation Negligence Claims

Losing a limb will always be difficult, but learning that your amputation was caused by avoidable medical errors can be extremely hard to come to terms with.

Our medical negligence solicitors are here to help if you’ve had a limb amputated as a result of negligent treatment. We can help if you’ve had to have an amputation because of:

  • Misdiagnosis of cancer
  • Incorrect care of diabetes
  • Untreated/mistreated infections
  • Surgical errors

Making a compensation claim can help make your life easier by paying for private medical treatment and by funding household adaptations, prosthetics and care for the psychological effects of your injuries.

Our lawyers have helped thousands of medical negligence victims to get the compensation they deserve. We accept cases on a No Win No Fee basis* which means you don’t have to pay anything up-front and you won’t be out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful. You can also be reassured that we’ll work tirelessly to reach the best outcome for you.

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Amputation Negligence Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • How Long Will My Claim Take?
    • It’s hard to predict how long your claim will take but we can reassure you that we’ll act as efficiently as possible, collecting detailed evidence to make sure that your claim is well supported.

      We also need to make sure that we know the full extent of your injuries before we present our evidence to your opponent. Our lawyers will always aim to ensure that you get a suitable amount of compensation to cover your care needs.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • What Are The Time Limits For Making A Claim?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim from the date where you realised negligent treatment was the reason why you needed to have your limb amputated.

      There are some exceptions to this three year limit such as cases involving children. You can make a claim on behalf of a child at any point before their 18th birthday. If you received negligent treatment as a child, you can make a claim for this care at any date after you’ve turned 18, before your 21st birthday.

      If you’re making a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to make their own claim, there are no time limits.

      If you’re thinking about making a claim, we advise that you get in touch as soon as possible so we can discuss your case.

      Find out more about claim time limits.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • Our team of experienced medical negligence lawyers have in-depth medical knowledge which can help your case run as efficiently as possible. We know what it takes to get the best outcome for you and will always focus on your needs.

      As a full-service law firm, we can help with a number of challenges you may face because of your negligent treatment.

      Benefits
      Our Court of Protection team can advise you on what benefits you’re entitled to and can help set up personal injury trusts to ensure that your compensation isn’t taken into account when calculating what benefits you can receive.

      Employment
      We can help with any employment-related problems you might encounter relating to time off work, your ability to complete your role and sick pay.

      Planning your care
      Our client liaison managers can help you access the care and support you need in order to make the best recovery you can.

      Allocating compensation
      Having a limb amputated can mean that you have life-long care needs so our Asset Management team can make sure that you have funds available to pay for treatment throughout your life.

Cycling had a massive impact, both on my wife and the rest of my family."

Wyn, client
Wyn Jenkins

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can Medical Negligence Result In An Amputation?

Amputations can be performed for a number of medical reasons, normally when a limb has been badly injured in an accident or when the area has a serious infection. However, sometimes you may need a limb amputating because a medical professional didn’t treat a pre-existing condition or injury correctly.

We can help you if you’ve had to have a limb amputated because of the following negligent treatment:

  • Ischemia wasn’t diagnosed (reduced oxygen supply to the limbs)
  • Infected wound or laceration not diagnosed/treated correctly
  • Improper care of diabetes resulting in complications (including diabetic foot ulcers)
  • Undiagnosed cancer in your limb
  • Misdiagnosis of meningitis
  • Nerve, muscle or tendon damaged during surgery
  • Amputation of wrong limb

Our medical negligence lawyers are here to secure compensation and get you answers and apologies. Contact us today to find out more about making a claim on 0800 121 6567.

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What Can Compensation Pay For?

Compensation can be used to make everyday life easier, helping you maintain your independence and allowing you to make the best recovery possible. In cases were a leg or arm has been amputated, compensation often pays for advanced prosthetics…

… which can enable you to be as independent as possible. Prosthetic limbs can be very expensive and will require a number of meetings with a prosthetic consultant who’ll make sure that your leg is properly fitted and who’ll train you how to walk with the device. By making a claim for compensation you can often pay for better quality prosthetics than those available from the NHS.

Compensation can also be used to pay for:

  • Psychological help – getting used to life with a disability/prosthetic limb and support with phantom limb pain/sensation
  • Home visits from healthcare professionals
  • Physiotherapy
  • Financial implications – help with lost earnings, travel expenses to medical appointments etc
  • Adaptations to your home and vehicle
  • Specialist equipment – advice from an occupational therapist on what devices can help with everyday life

We can also help get you early compensation payments, while your claim is ongoing, if the medical professional or organisation responsible for your negligent care accepts responsibility. These interim payments can help pay for private healthcare before your claim settles and can cover any expenses you incur travelling to medical appointments and by having time off work.

To find out more about making a claim, contact us today on 0800 121 6567.

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How Much Compensation Can I Expect?

Each amputation negligence claim we handle is different and every person who has experienced an amputation will face their own unique challenges. The amount of compensation you’ll receive will depend upon your circumstances, ensuring that you have access to the care, support and equipment you need.

It’s hard to predict exactly how much compensation you’ll be able to get but we can provide an estimate figure after we’ve examined your case.

There are three main amputation types and each one presents its own set of challenges:

  • Leg and/or foot – This sort of amputation often requires a prosthetic or the use of a wheelchair. Compensation can be used to pay for physiotherapy to counter any muscle imbalances and to ensure that you get a high quality prosthetic limb. Funds can also cover any loss of earnings that you might incur if you can no longer work or pursue the same job role.
  • Arm and/or hand – If your dominant hand is amputated, you can sometimes expect more compensation because this injury might be seen as more severe. This is due to the fact you’ll need to learn to write, carry and do tasks with your less dexterous hand. You might also need to adjust to using a prosthetic limb which could hinder your ability to perform everyday tasks and your job role.
  • Toe or finger – Having a toe amputated can affect your balance, your ability to run or walk long distances and even your ability to stand for a prolonged amount of time. The amount of compensation you receive can be affected by which toe is amputated as losing your big toe can have more serious effects. Finger and thumb amputations can require funds to compensate your reduced ability to grasp and can be used to pay for reconstructive surgery of the muscle.
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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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Our support for disability sport.

We recognise how important sport can be in helping people recover from injuries.

Our Don’t Quit Do It campaign takes a look at some inspirational stories of people who used sport to overcome their injuries, including amputees. We also support LimbPower, a charity which encourages amputees to get involved in sports.

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