Amputation Claims

Claims involving loss of limbs and amputation negligence comprise a very large part of our work.  We have solicitors who have built up a huge amount of knowledge in the field, and who have achieved some of the highest ever awards of compensation.  Our clients have included single amputees, multiple amputees, adults and children, and they have been the victims of medical negligence, road traffic accidents or accidents at work.

In a medical setting, the negligence usually involves:

  • A delay in the diagnosis of meningococcal septicaemia
  • A delay in the diagnosis and removal of thrombosis
  • A delay in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease

How we work with you

We understand the profound physical and psychological effects that limb loss can have.  Often, the clients come to us just after their initial recovery, and because we have looked after so many people in their situation we usually have a much better idea of what the future holds than they do.  We can use this experience to help guide them through not only their claims, but the challenges that they will face in daily life.  Through our work we have developed links with the Limbless Association and other charities that work to improve things for amputees.

Regardless of whether it is a medical negligence claim or a personal injury case, the first thing that we have to do is investigate liability.  This usually involves obtaining the relevant records – which might be medical records in a clinical case, or police and health and safety reports in a personal injury claim.  Please click here for more information about what is involved in proving liability in a medical negligence claim.

Once liability has either been admitted, or the Court has given judgment in our client’s favour, this is the part of the case in which we calculate how much compensation should be awarded for the physical injuries, and the cost of looking after our client for the rest of his or her life. 

Sadly, NHS funding is very limited and clients are often dissatisfied with what is available:  badly fitting prosthetic components, irregular physiotherapy or simply prosthetics that do not meet the demands of their lifestyle.   We will instruct a joint disciplinary team including:

  • Orthopaedic consultants
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetics
  • Orthotics specialists
  • Experts in assistive technology
  • Architects
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Care and Case Management experts

Collectively these experts will help us to understand and anticipate every present and future need that our client may have. Amongst other things this may include specialist limbs for sports activities, advanced prosthetic limb technology or simply skin matching cosmetic covers that help those suffering from limb loss feel like themselves again.

 

Our experience is recognised by our high ranking in both Chambers UK and Legal 500.  We  know that losing a limb can be like a bereavement, and that for a client who is contemplating legal proceedings, life can feel very desperate and challenging.  We have helped many people in that situation, and have huge experience in guiding them through it, and securing maximum awards for compensation.  Nevertheless, we always remember that there is no such thing as a standard amputation injury, and our clients are all individuals, with different needs and ambitions, just as they were before they were injured.

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