It’s perhaps no surprise that victims of clinical negligence resulting in unnecessary amputation tend to receive among the highest sums in personal injury compensation, regularly attracting figures of several hundred thousand pounds. Losing a limb is difficult enough without also knowing that this loss could have been prevented, had proper procedure been followed.
How to establish clinical negligence in cases of unnecessary amputation
Amputation can become necessary when the blood supply to a limb is lost or when severe infection has set in. In most cases, doctors will have done everything possible to save the limb or prevent the infection from spreading. Sadly medicine simply can’t cure all illnesses and amputation can become the best option in order to save a patient’s life. In a few cases, however, proper procedure hasn’t been followed and everything that could have been done to save the limb has not been done. Legally this is referred to as clinical negligence.
It can be almost impossible for a patient to personally establish whether or not their carers have been negligent in any way. For this reason, amputees who suspect that their amputation could have been prevented may have to consult with a lawyer in order to establish whether they have a case for personal injury compensation. The lawyer will consult with an unbiased medical professional who will be able to confirm whether correct procedure has indeed been neglected.
Claiming for personal injury compensation
If you believe that you have been the victim of clinical negligence, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline today. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation and has been helping the victims of negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over 14 years. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our advisors will be happy to discuss your situation in detail. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not you could have a case, and how much compensation you could potentially receive.
No win, no fee*
Although you’re under no obligation to go ahead with a claim simply by making a call, if you do choose to do so, it will be conducted on a no win, no fee* basis and in all likelihood entirely over the telephone. Claimants only have to attend court personally in rare cases. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, consult our 30-second test online.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown