Unnecessary Amputation Compensation
Each year people with diabetes or vascular disease undergo unnecessary amputations due to negligent treatment of the underlying health condition. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you may be entitled to substantial compensation to help deal with the financial and practical impact of an unnecessary amputation.
Unnecessary amputation claims can be complex, with a high standard of proof needed to give the best chance of a fair outcome. It is therefore critical to get the right legal advice at the earliest opportunity, so your claim can be built the right way from day one.
Jobling Gowler are specialist clinical negligence solicitors who are here to support you if you believe you have undergone an unnecessary amputation. Our team of clinical negligence lawyers have successfully pursued a number of unnecessary amputation cases resulting in compensation which has been much needed to help put the life of the person affected by clinical negligence back on track.
For an initial free consultation about claiming compensation for an unnecessary amputation, please contact one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors.
How we can help you claim compensation for an unnecessary amputation
Knowing whether your amputation was the result of clinical negligence
To be able to claim compensation, we must show that your amputation could have been avoided if the right treatment for your underlying condition had been given sooner. We must also show that the medical professionals handling your care either failed to correctly diagnose your condition or failed to provide the right treatment at the right time.
A history of ulcers, nerve damage and circulatory problems can all put people at high risk of amputation. With the appropriate treatment from specialist multi-disciplinary team, amputations can sometimes be avoided. Where the right treatment was not given, resulting in the condition worsening and the need for an amputation, this may be a sign of clinical negligence (also referred to as ‘medical negligence’).
Valuing your amputation compensation claim
We know that no amount of compensation will ever truly compensate you for the loss of a limb. It is of the utmost importance that we take time to understand the extent of your injury and the effect upon your family life and home life. All claims and claimants are individuals. We understand that you may have concerns about the future and will seek to recover sufficient compensation to provide you with financial security, access to private healthcare and prosthetics and rehabilitation to help you achieve your full potential.
Factors that may affect the value of your claim include:
- The type and extent of the amputation
- The impact the amputation is having and will have on your work and home life
- Specific costs you have incurred as a result of your amputation
- Expected future losses due to your amputation
- Your need for adapted accommodation and equipment including access to private nationally recognised expert prosthetics
- Your physical and emotional pain and suffering
Out-of-court settlements for negligent amputation claims
In most cases, we are able to secure out-of-court settlements for unnecessary amputation claims, allowing you to avoid court proceedings and get compensation faster, at lower cost and with less stress.
Thanks to our keen understanding of the claims process and what is needed for a successful claim, as well as our strong skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), we can ensure your claim is prepared in the most effective way to minimise the chances of the defendant taking the matter to court.
Taking your amputation compensation claim to court
Where court action is required to achieve a fair result for your claim, we can ensure your case is handled effectively at every stage of court proceedings. With strong court experience across our team, we also have good relationships with a number of specialist barristers who can represent you in court if required.
Funding an amputation negligence claim
There are various options for funding an unnecessary amputation claim and we will be happy to discuss these with you so you can find the most appropriate way to cover the cost of your claim.
Many people choose to be represented on the basis of a conditional fee agreement, sometimes referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. This means there is no cost to you at the outset to start a claim and you will only need to cover our legal fees if we secure compensation for you.
Time limits for claiming unnecessary amputation compensation
The standard time limit for starting any kind of medical negligence claim is 3 years from the date the negligence occurred. However, there are exceptions which can mean you have longer to claim, depending on your specific circumstances.
For example, if you only became aware later that negligence may have been a factor in your amputation, the 3-year time limit may be counted from this ‘date of knowledge’ instead.
If you need to claim for someone under the age of 18, you have until their 18th birthday to do so and they will then have a further 3 years to bring a claim themselves.
If the claimant does not have the mental capacity to make a claim by themselves, then there is no time limit for someone else to make a claim on their behalf.
Why choose Jobling Gowler for your unnecessary amputation claim?
Our clinical negligence lawyers have been helping clients to claim compensation for all types of medical errors, including unnecessary amputations, for many years. Over that time, we have developed considerable expertise and we are recommended in leading client guide the Legal 500 for the quality of our clinical negligence services.
Book your free consultation on starting an unnecessary amputation claim
If you or a loved one have suffered an unnecessary amputation due to clinical negligence, then please contact our specialist solicitors today.
We will arrange a free no obligation appointment, either at our offices, at your home or in hospital. During this meeting we will advise you on what are the best next steps for you.
To increase your chances of a swift and fair settlement, we also offer all our clients a free complaint writing service to help ensure that your claim is handled the right way from the outset.