An amputation is one of the most serious and life-altering experiences that you can undergo. People may dismiss the loss of a toe as inconsequential compared to the loss of a limb, but a toe amputation can have a significant impact on your life. However, the impact a toe amputation has will also depend on a number of factors, including how many toes were amputated, which toes were amputated, whether the amputation was partial or complete and whether it affected one foot or both.
Amputations fall into one of two categories, namely surgical amputations and traumatic amputations. Surgical amputations will be performed only when the removal of the toe is completely necessary. This can be as a result of trauma or due to a disease associated with poor blood supply. Traumatic amputations generally occur as a result of an accident such as a road incident or sports injury.
When can I claim for a toe amputation?
In order to make a compensation claim, you will need to be able to prove that the amputation was a result of someone else’s negligence. Traumatic amputations can often be claimed for, provided that the accident leading to the amputation was not your fault.
In a recent example of such a case, a farm worker sustained injuries to his toes, including amputation injuries, when his foot accidentally touched moving parts of the machinery that he was working with. The company that employed him was found to be negligent and was fined £8000.
Surgical amputations, on the other hand, do not always offer the opportunity to claim for compensation. Where medical negligence was the cause of the amputation, you would almost certainly have a claim. However, amputations as a result of diabetes or congenital defects can be more complicated.
For the best advice on when you can claim for a toe amputation, contact Accident Advice Helpline.
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Accident Advice Helpline offers a free, 24-hour legal helpline. When you call us on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, you will speak to one of our friendly legal advisors. After a short discussion, they will be able to tell you whether you will be able to claim for compensation for your toe amputation. If the answer is yes, you will be referred to one of our specialist lawyers, who will take your claim forward on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.
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So call Accident Advice Helpline now and let the experts answer your question, “Can I claim for a toe amputation?”
Date Published: May 3, 2014
Author: David Brown