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There are 5000 people in need of a lower limb amputation every year in the UK. Most of these will be from accidents or injuries, such as road traffic accidents or injuries at work. There are, however, some people who have to undergo an amputation due to medical negligence, where there has been a breach of care leading to an avoidable amputation. If this has happened to you then our expert solicitors can help.
Making an Amputation Claim
An amputation can have a serious impact on your life, your loved ones and your independence. Although compensation can’t erase a life-changing injury, it can be the beginning to getting you and your family the support that you deserve.
Our experienced specialist medical negligence team is here to guide and support you on the journey to claiming compensation and will help you to understand:
- If you have a claim for amputation negligence
- How and why your treatment resulted in an amputation
- The evidence you will need to support your claim
- How much compensation you get for losing a limb and/or a finger
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WHAT IS AN AMPUTATION CLAIM?
Medical professionals have a duty of care, if that duty of care was breached and an amputation occurred as a direct result of that breach, this is medical negligence and you are able to make an amputation claim. An amputation claim is a claim for medical negligence after an amputation that did not need to happen. If your amputation injury could have been avoided with improved medical care and correct diagnosis, you can contact us and find out if you have a claim for compensation.
TYPES OF AMPUTATION CLAIMS
Every amputation claim will be different. Typically, amputations are divided into upper and lower limb amputation types.
Upper limb amputation: this refers to any limb or area on the upper part of your body, ie, your arms, hands or fingers. There are several types of upper limb amputation according to the amputation site. For example, a shoulder disarticulation removes the arm above the shoulder, whereas a partial hand amputation means you would still have use of your wrist. The degree of amputation may be taken into account when calculating your compensation claim.
Lower limb amputation: this is the amputation of your legs, feet or toes and, again, includes different types of amputation depending on where the limbs were amputated. It can be as far up as the hip or be a digit amputation where toes have been removed. The severity of the injury is relevant in determining the impact on your life and that of your loved ones.
Any amputation can be catastrophic and devastating. Which is why we assess every detail and pursue the maximum amount for your injury.
DIABETES AND AMPUTATION
Diabetes accounts for more lower limb amputations in the UK than any other cause. This is mainly due to diabetic foot ulcers and foot infections. Foot ulcers are a common side effect of diabetes and patients should be well-informed about foot care, and have examinations where necessary. Any failure to examine the feet correctly, which leads to amputation could be considered medical negligence. You may also have experienced a diabetes misdiagnosis. Our friendly and understanding solicitors can help you understand if you have a claim and how you can proceed.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN MAKE A CLAIM?
It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim for amputation negligence. Our lawyers were able to secure compensation for an 82 year old patient who had a leg amputated after a delayed diagnosis of gangrene. This is one example and there are many circumstances we come across where an amputation could have been avoided. The most common cases we see include:
- Surgical errors, such as damage to a major artery where blood flow was unable to be restored
- Misdiagnosis of diabetes leading to a loss of circulation and, consequently, the loss of a limb
- Misdiagnosis of cancer where the cancer has spread to other body parts which have had to then be amputated to remove the cancer
- Delayed diagnosis of other conditions and illnesses such as vascular disease and meningitis
- Untreated or mistreated infections such as sepsis
- Incorrect fracture treatment leading to tissue damage
- Poor aftercare after a surgical procedure
This list is not exhaustive and amputation can happen for many reasons. Which is why the best way to find out if you can make a claim is to contact specialist medical negligence lawyers who understand your case and can help with your claim.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN MAKING A DIABETES CLAIM?
Though no amount of compensation can excuse or change a life-altering event such as the loss of a limb, there are ways that settlements can support you and your family. Successful amputation claims can help you to make each day a little bit easier and you can usually expect to receive compensation to pay for:
- Ongoing treatment, care and rehabilitation
- Advanced prosthetic limbs
- Resources to adapt your home as necessary to prioritise your safety and comfort
- Loss of earnings
Our client was awarded £450,000 after medical negligence led to the amputation of her foot. Although final figures will always vary according to the individual circumstances, it is important to secure compensation for the mental, physical and economic impact suffered.
WHY CHOOSE PATIENT CLAIM LINE FOR YOUR AMPUTATION CLAIM?
We have more than 100 solicitors based all over the UK. They are a team of medical lawyers specialising solely in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims. We understand every aspect of medical negligence and have taken on thousands of cases just like yours.
When processing your legal claim, your solicitor will be on hand throughout the journey. We have strong relationships with professionals across all key touch points; empowering you to rebuild your independence through ongoing rehabilitation support, home adaptations, emotional support and counselling.
We also have a Family Support Hub full of resources and advice to help you and your family if you have been impacted by medical negligence.
NO WIN NO FEE AMPUTATION CLAIMS
From the very beginning, when you make an initial call, you pay absolutely nothing to us until your case is settled. There are no upfront fees, your initial consultation is completely free with no obligation and, if we are able to proceed with your case, we do so on a no win, no fee basis. Tackling the enormous changes to your life after amputation is a difficult and long road. Our no win no fee promise exists to make your compensation claim as stress free and simple as possible so you can start looking to the future.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Amputation Claim?
Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts
Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.
It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.
Frequently asked questions about Amputation Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Amputation Claim
There are set time limits when making any medical negligence claim. This is usually three years from the date of injury or the date of discovery. There are exceptions to this. Children came claim up to three years after their 18th birthday, regardless of what age they were when the injury occured. In cases where a patient does not have the mental capacity to pursue a claim themselves, the time limit may be indefinite. A specialist medical negligence solicitor will be able to help you understand if these exceptions apply to your amputation claim.
To make a claim for amputation compensation, you should contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor who has many years of experience in amputation injury and medical negligence claims. A solicitor will take care of the entire process for you, asking for relevant and important information when necessary.
Compensation for the loss of a limb can reach hundreds of thousands of pounds. The final sum will be different for every amputation case and will be calculated on individual circumstances. Amputation is divided into two categories, major amputation and minor amputation. The category your amputation falls into could affect the amount of compensation you receive.
When you make a claim for any kind of medical negligence, your lawyer will be able to access all of the relevant medical records and information. What you may need to provide is any receipts regarding any financial losses you have suffered because of the negligence, and any evidence of the impact on future earnings. You will have plenty of time to gather this information and it will be explained step by step as your case moves forward.
If you have had an avoidable amputation as a result of medical negligence, you may be offered a prosthetic limb from your healthcare provider. However, you may wish to source a more advanced prosthetic limb that will help you carry out tasks with greater ease and independence. This is one of the considerations taken into account when making a claim for amputation compensation.
Meet our Amputation Claims Team
Partner, Senior Solicitor
Iain is a senior solicitor and team leader, managing a team of lawyers and handling his own cases. He and his team specialise in catastrophic clinical negligence cases and he has recovered tens of millions of pounds in compensation for clients.
Iain is predominantly instructed in claims exceeding £1million, usually in relation to brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputations. He practices almost exclusively in the High Court and is a solicitor-advocate. Iain has obtained many multi-million-pound settlements, either by way of a lump sum and/or annual payments. He consistently achieves significant settlements on exceptionally complex claims.
Highlights of recently settled cases
JH v Dr D – 2021 – £1,625,000.00 for a 61-year-old female who suffered a spinal stroke during back surgery in 2016 when her blood pressure was allowed to remain too low during the operation. Liability was disputed in full in an extremely complex case and the matter settled 2 weeks before a 5-day liability Trial was due to begin.
SF v Barnsley Hospital – 2021 – £600,000.00 for a 67-year-old female for the hip and sciatic nerve injuries that she sustained following a fall when recovering from a hip replacement procedure in January 2015. She suffered an acetabular fracture, sciatic nerve injury and foot drop.
BXF v Dartford Hospital – 2020 – £1,075,000.00 for a 16-year-old boy, for the Volkmann’s ischaemic contracture he suffered in the left arm and hand after receiving negligent medical treatment 10 years before the initial instructions were received. He suffered pain in the arm, had limited functional use and a wasted appearance of the hand.
RL v County Durham NHS – 2020 – £1,000,000.00 for a 27-year-old female who suffered liver cirrhosis following a delay of two years in the identification of a gene mutation and polycythemia vera disorder. She developed Budd-Chari syndrome, her liver was permanently damaged, and her life expectancy was reduced by approximately 10 years.
DB v WSH NHS – 2019 – £1,000,000.00 for a 49-year-old male, requiring an above knee amputation to the right leg after presenting at hospital with acute limb ischaemia in May 2014. Liability was disputed.
BM v County Durham NHS – 2019 – £1,275,000.00 for a 65-year-old female for negligent knee replacement surgery resulting in an above knee amputation.
RCH v United Lincolnshire NHS – 2019 – £570,000.00 for the estate of a deceased man following his avoidable death from a treatable heart condition.
MS v CB – 2019 – £420,000.00 for a 58-year-old female for the delay in diagnosing and treating a back injury she suffered following an operation in March 2015. She suffered foot drop and ongoing pain.
JXP (a protected party) – 2018 – £9,862,000.00 for a 44-year-old female who suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage following a delay in providing surgical treatment of a brain aneurysm before its rupture.
DXW v BTH NHS – 2018 – £7,250,000.00 for a 20-year-old male rendered paraplegic at T3 level following failures in the A&E department to properly immobilise an unstable thoracic fracture.
RXW v X, Y & Z – 2018 – £2,500,000.00 for a 46-year-old male that suffered a left sided stroke causing significant neurological disability following alleged failure to correctly diagnose and treat a number of TIAs. Liability was denied by 3 Defendants.
M v Essex NHS – 2018 – £342,000.00 for a 44-year-old female for alleged failures to prevent exacerbated cauda equina syndrome. Liability was denied.
Previous Legal 500 testimonials include:
“Pragmatic and knowledgeable… a solid, safe pair of hands… a strong negotiator”.
“Iain and Nina have been wonderful. The whole team from start to finish have given me a first-class service. I have already recommended them to others, and I will continue to do so.”
“I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me and my family. Your knowledge and skill is remarkable but your care and kindness means so much to me. I can remember my first meeting with Iain seems such a long time ago, but your compassion has never altered. You are all very special people. Please keep in touch, you have become more like family than solicitors.”
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers – Accredited Senior Litigator
- Member of the Law Society’s specialist Clinical Negligence Panel Accreditation scheme
- Chambers and Partners ranked solicitor, Band 2, Liverpool & surrounds
- Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience civil proceedings)
- Solicitor (Grade A)
Associate, Senior Solicitor & Specialist Litigator
Kate is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor with over a decade of civil litigation experience.
Having joined the business in 2016 as a Solicitor/Specialist Litigator in the Medical Negligence Department, she was quickly recognised, both internally and externally, for her solid performance, high technical skills in civil litigation and excellent customer care. Thereafter, she joined Serious Injury Clinical Negligence Team specialising in high value amputation cases, brain and spinal injuries, but also ophthalmic, paediatric, colorectal, neurological and neurosurgical matters; orthopaedic, obstetrics and gynaecological, and complex fatal incidents.
Kate’s Team is a designated Team to deal with amputation cases. She has close affiliation with the Amputation Foundation and enjoys charitable work and fundraising. Kate is also involved in the Amputation Campaign, working closely with a panel of specialists in the field on a bespoke prosthesis provision and support for an individual, in order to raise wider awareness.
Kate is a multiple nominee for the Lawyer of the Year Award.
In addition, she was ranked in the Legal 500 as one of only three Medical Negligence Lawyers in the North West in the Rising Star category in 2019 and retained her status since.
“My case handler Kate was brilliant! I could not be happier with how hard she and others from Fletchers fought for me to have the best outcome. Although I know I have hard days ahead I can finally move on with my life and make plans. Thank you. Oh, I honestly can’t thank you and the whole team enough! You’ve been absolutely amazing! I’ll miss our catch ups ”
“The way my case has been handled and the way I have been treated deserve a higher score than 10/10.”
“I wanted to say a big Thank You for everything you have done for me. I wanted to let you know that I was happy with you as my solicitor. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated all our talks. You really did help me in some very dark times. I’ll always think of you as my saviour”
“My solicitor Kate has been excellent and has kept me informed of the progress of my case at all times. I feel very happy with Kate and the empathic way she has dealt with me.”
“If Kate had got this case from the start, would have been over a long time ago, she has been fantastic”
“I would like to thank you and all the team at Fletchers for the way that you have dealt with my claim and the empathy shown. I cannot speak highly enough if the service I received. My case was dealt with in an efficient way from all members of the team. A special thank you to Kate for her quick responses to queries and her empathy.”
“Once again thank you for all your hard work settling my claim. Fantastic service. I was kept fully up to date with my case at all times whether it was by phone or email. Will definitely recommend.”
“ If I was able to meet each and everyone of the team, who cared and in many ways ‘protected’ me, I would hug them. They became ‘friends and family’. Thank you so very much”
“Thank you for your email you put a smile on my face this is great news. Thank you for all your help and hard work I understand it has been a hard job and I appreciate everything that you have done and being understanding in my case. You have been helpful and kept me updated in the process and progress with this matter”
Post 4th degree tear incontinence case of CJ -v- Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (2022) [£800,000.00]
Settled liability 65/35 for a minor EB -v- Dr Marshall (2022)
LB v ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2021)
The claimant, a sixty-three-year-old woman, received £250,000 total damages after her cervical cancer remained undiagnosed and untreated for two years when a cervical smear in 2015 was incorrectly reported as normal. As a result the claimant’s tumour became surgically inoperable and she needed chemoradiation treatment which would otherwise have been avoided. That treatment led to ongoing bowel issues, severe discomfort and had a limiting effect on her mobility, her general functioning and activities.
EDWARDS v DR SPILL (2020) [£826,000]
The claimant, a 48-year-old woman, received £826,015 total damages for the delay in referral for further investigation of her eyes in June 2014. She underwent several unsuccessful eye operations and suffered an overall reduction in her vision from 15% to 80%.
RA -v KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2020) [£400,000]
The claimant, a fifty-one-year-old woman, received £400,000 total damages following the continued prescribing of high dose steroid medication for a period of two years following an erroneous diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. The long-term consequences included a prolonged period of immune and adrenal suppression and development of Iatrogenic Cushing’s Syndrome and secondary Adrenal Insufficiency, which was likely to be permanent.
Kouakou -v Dr Agarwal (2020) [£700,000.00]
The claimant, a 53-year-old man, received £700,000 total damages for the injuries to his left eye he sustained as a result of the delay in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma in July 2015. He suffered optic nerve damage to the left eye and lost 80-90% of the left eye visual field, with a poor long-term visual prognosis.
SINCLAIR v CITY HOSPITALS SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2020) [ £350,000]
The claimant, a 27-year-old old woman, received £350,000 total damages for the injuries she sustained following negligent treatment for a closed comminuted fracture of the radial head in June and July 2015, although causation and injury were denied. She was left with a stiff elbow with 75 degrees fixed flexion deformity, requiring total elbow replacement within 10 years and repeated revision surgery thereafter and was unable to carry out personal care requiring bi-manual function.
MS v SHERWOOD FOREST HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2020)
The claimant, a 41-year-old man, received £140,000 total damages for the physical and psychological injuries that he sustained following a failure to diagnose septic arthritis in his knee in May 2015 although liability was denied. He suffered damage to the articular cartilage, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe adjustment disorder, had limited mobility and would require arthroplasty before the age of 50.
Associate, Head of Medical Negligence
As one of the heads of our medical negligence department, Tim supports our overall leadership by managing skilled solicitors across the business. He specialises in claims involving orthopaedic injury & loss of fertility.
Partner, Head of Medical Negligence
Alison is Head of Medical Negligence Serious Injury and is based in our Southport office.
She has over 15 years’ experience in personal injury and medical negligence. Alison assists with the overall running of the Department and oversees several of the Medical Negligence teams, dealing with a variety of cases from the first call right the way through to Trial.
She currently oversees 4 teams all dealing with catastrophic injuries caused to clients as a result of medical negligence. Her teams specialise in catastrophic spinal, brain and birth injuries in addition to amputation cases.
"It was an experience that I never thought I’d have to go through"
Gordon first reported a blockage in 2011, but this wasn’t fully investigated. This delay in medical care meant that he needed an amputation of his lower leg, which impacted his mobility and independence.
The team at Patient Claim Line determined that Gordon lost his leg because medical professionals didn’t operate soon enough. Our team fought to ensure Gordon received justice, and they were able to secure him compensation for his suffering.
The financial settlement enabled him to purchase a more suitable prosthetic leg, as he found the NHS prosthesis uncomfortable. Gordon now finds playing his beloved bowls much easier, and his team were recently promoted to a higher league.