The idea of losing a limb due to clinical negligence is nightmarish, to say the least, but unfortunately each year there are indeed many needless amputations in the UK. Amputation can become necessary when the blood supply to a limb is lost or accidentally cut off, or when infections become so severe that amputation is the only way to stop them from spreading. This is not always down to clinical negligence, of course; sometimes treatments are simply unsuccessful despite the best efforts of our nurses and doctors.
How to know if you have been a victim of clinical negligence
It can be very difficult for a patient to know if they have been a victim of clinical negligence. In every situation, medical professionals have certain procedures that they must follow. These procedures do not always result in a positive outcome for the patient. If you suspect that you may have been a victim of negligence, your lawyer will be able to access your medical records and discuss them with another medical professional in order to establish whether you do have a case for negligence.
Losing a limb means having to make major changes to your lifestyle in addition to suffering unnecessarily both physically and mentally. For this reason, the law states that victims of this type of negligence are entitled to a relatively large sum in compensation. Although this could never fully compensate for a life of permanent disability, it does help victims to deal with their lifestyle changes financially.
Claiming personal injury compensation for clinical negligence resulting in amputation
In order to make a claim for personal injury compensation, you will first have to establish whether or not your carers have indeed been negligent in any way. If you’d like to discuss your situation in detail with a trained legal professional, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not they believe you may have a case and let you know what supporting evidence you will need.
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Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has been helping the victims of others’ negligence to receive the compensation they are legally entitled to.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown