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Finger Amputation

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Finger amputation is most commonly a result of a traumatic injury, but there are cases where medical negligence has led to finger amputations that could have been avoided. In our experience finger amputations as a result of negligence make up only a very small fraction of the amputations that take place across the UK each year. However, it is possible for a medical professional to insufficiently identify or treat symptoms which then leads to the loss of a finger. The effects of this can be devastating, especially if the finger that has been amputated was on your dominant hand. 

A finger amputation can be in full, or as a partial finger amputation such as a fingertip amputation. 

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What is finger amputation compensation? 

Finger amputation happens for many reasons, including accidents at home or at work. However, it can also be caused by medical negligence, such as the misdiagnosis of a serious disease like sepsis. You can claim compensation if you have suffered due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, that has led to your finger being amputated needlessly.  

If you believe you have had a finger amputated because of medical negligence over the past 3 years, you may be entitled to compensation. If you feel 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 finger amputation compensation 

Depending upon your circumstances, different parts of your finger may need to be amputated. Finger amputation can happen to any finger whether that is your thumb, index finger or little finger.  

The different types of finger amputation are: 

  • Full finger amputation (terminal phalanges. Little finger etc) 
  • Partial finger amputation 
  • Fingertip amputation 
  • Multiple finger amputation 

There are several causes of finger amputations including: 

  • Severe cuts or crush injuries to the fingers which are too severely damaged to repair 
  • Direct trauma to the finger, resulting in lost or partial loss of a finger 
  • Severe infection which has led to tissue loss and is no longer treatable by antibiotics 
  • Cancers affecting the thumb or fingers 
  • Arranged amputation for conditions of the finger, which limits the function of the hands  

How do I know if I can claim? 

It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim for amputation due to negligence. In our experience, some common cases we have seen in the past relating to finger amputation include

  • Misdiagnosis of a serious infection or illness such as meningitis or diabetes, if these are not treated correctly, your condition can worsen, and can lead to finger amputation 
  • Vascular disease misdiagnosis 
  • Surgical errors such as wrong site surgery, or nerve damage caused by surgery 
  • Poor hygiene – flesh out with examples like cellulitis, osteomyelistis 
  • Failure to treat an infected wound 
  • Incorrect treatment for fractures 

What can I expect? 

There are many reasons people have finger amputations, however you may be able to make a claim for compensation if you:  

  • Have altered sensation & increased sensitivity 
  • Had/have initial and ongoing pain as a result of the amputation 
  • Are unable to work as you did before  
  • Need help with simple tasks 
  • Need to learn to use your hands again 
  • Require rehabilitation 
  • Need to regain grip strength 

No amount of compensation can excuse or change a life-altering event such as the loss of a limb, but 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 
  • Resources to adapt your home as necessary to prioritise your safety and comfort 
  • Loss of earnings 
  • Counselling 

Why choose patient claim line for your finger amputation claim? 

We have more than 100 specialist medical negligence solicitors based across the UK. We specialise solely in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims, and have supported hundreds of people with incredibly complex cases. We understand every aspect of medical negligence and promise to walk you through the process to make it as easy as possible to manage.  

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. 

No win no fee finger 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. 

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Finger Amputation claim?

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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with 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.

Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Head of Group Action

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.

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Case Study

Vincent's Story

"He's always there for us"

At the age of 2 we noticed our son Vincent had trouble with his hearing. We had this testing over a number of years and were repeatedly told there was nothing wrong.

Initially we thought this was a speech and language problem, this wasn't the case. It took 4 to 5 years of assessments, with the constant response that there was nothing wrong with his hearing. A different test was them carried on Vincent overnight where it was found he was profoundly deaf.

After years of frustration we were finally able to provide Vincent with the support he required and received an implant. This has enable Vincent to be able to hear. The support from our solicitors has enabled to to gain access to specialist which have supported Vincent in closing the gap in his speech he lost out on to his peers.

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