Amputation generally affects the legs, arms, fingers, feet, or toes. Lifestyle changes are often needed to adapt to reduced mobility or hand function. It takes time to adjust, both physically and emotionally.
Patients can suffer financial losses, such as loss of earnings because of time off work. It is often not easy to meet bills for adaptations at home and to pay for specialist equipment. You may need amputation compensation for extra help and support at home, as well as private rehabilitation and medical expenses.
Artificial limbs and equipment, provided by the NHS or social services are not always adequate. This can apply particularly for children and patients who previously led a very active life. If you are wealthy, then you will be able to purchase private prosthetics. However, such things are very costly and beyond the reach of most people. Private prosthetics offer more sophisticated artificial limbs with various options for different activities. Such options can help a patient to continue their previous hobbies and work activities.
Amputation claims for compensation can be brought in clinical negligence if amputation has occurred because of mistakes. Errors in care could include the following:
- a mistake by a surgeon when carrying out an operation.
- a failure of a doctor to recognise that there is reduced blood supply to a patient’s limb.
- failure to refer a patient for surgery in time to avoid amputation.
- poor diabetic care. This can happen when a toe, or foot, ulcer has not been treated adequately by a GP or nurse. This can lead to gangrene and amputation.