Amputation will always be a traumatic event. Described as the "surgical removal of part of the body", this is usually carried out in order to prevent a patient from dying or suffering serious health complications.
The NHS states 70% of all lower limb amputations occur when an appendage suffers a loss of blood supply. For example, due to an excessive amount of blood sugar, diabetes sufferers can sustain damage to their blood vessels and nerves. As a result, an ulcer can form which may eventually become gangrenous. In order to prevent this condition from spreading to healthy skin, and causing further damage, it is sometimes necessary to amputate the limb.
Accounting for 57% of all cases, severe trauma is responsible for the majority of upper limb amputations. In this situation, medical professionals may have no choice but to remove an individual's limb if the appendage becomes seriously damaged through an accident – such as a vehicle collision or an incident involving heavy machinery.
Following an amputation, an individual may be unable to perform many of the tasks which they previously completed with ease. Moreover, it is not uncommon for sufferers to report feelings of depression or grief after the loss of a limb – especially if the surgery was unexpected or sudden.
Although losing the correct limb can be a traumatic experience, patients who place themselves in the hands of medical professionals and receive an incorrect or unnecessary amputation could feel devastated.
Known as "never events", these are described by the NHS as "serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented."
Fortunately, these incidents are quite rare, but may result in patients having the wrong limb amputated.
Between 2011 and 2012, a report, published by the government, stated NHS medical professionals carried out 326 never events. Of these incidences, 70 patients received surgery on the incorrect part of their body. Therefore, some of these individuals may have woken up after treatment only to discover that they had undergone unnecessary or incorrect amputation.
Potentially, these people might have been able to receive medical negligence compensation through the services of an amputation claims solicitor.
Speak to a Seth Lovis & Co. amputation claims solicitor
Undergoing an amputation can be a traumatic experience. However, if this treatment was carried out by mistake, a sufferer may be entitled to claim compensation for the loss of their limb.
If one of our skilled solicitors decides to represent your case, he or she will aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible. Furthermore, they will try to recoup any lost earnings and treatment fees, as well as provide for future rehabilitation costs.
Please call us today on 0808 252 0678 to find out if you are entitled to receive damages.