If you’ve suffered loss of limb or amputation as the result of an accident or medical negligence, it can have a huge impact on your life. Not only does it reduce quality of life, causing physical pain and psychological trauma, but it will usually also limit your ability to carry out everyday tasks, and some people may need care and assistance with things they would normally take for granted. Ongoing medical expenses and care can lead to expensive bills, which is why you may be considering seeking compensation for your personal injury.
What is amputation?
Amputation is the removal of a limb such as a leg or arm, but surgical amputation can also apply to the genitals, breasts or face. Loss of a limb could occur through trauma, for example in a road traffic accident or motorcycle accident, or in a road accident where pedestrians are involved, or even an accident at work whilst using dangerous machinery.
Diabetes and loss of limb
Diabetes is a leading cause of amputation of lower limbs. Those with diabetes need to take special care of their feet and legs, and any injuries occurring such as an infection or laceration will require immediate specialist treatment. If not treated correctly, amputation could be necessary, and in this case you may be able to claim for medical negligence. Misdiagnosis or surgical errors could also lead to amputation, as could medical negligence which causes an infection.
Claiming compensation for loss of limb
Whatever your reason for losing a limb, you may be eligible to seek compensation, provided someone else was at fault. You’ll need the services of a personal injury compensation lawyer, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a whole team of specialists waiting to take your call. Our freephone advice line is open 24/7, and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* service. What’s more, our patron is Esther Rantzen, media personality and renowned consumer champion, so you know you can trust us to provide you with a professional service. Head for our website, where you can take our 30-second test, to see how much compensation you could be eligible to claim. Or why not call us today free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and see how we can help you? We can normally tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown