We recognise the huge impact that an amputation has. In medical negligence cases the loss of a limb is often due to an infection or a blood clot.
In order to succeed in these types of cases you will need to prove that the treatment you received was negligent. Often you will need more than one expert. We have long standing relationships with specialist experts in the fields of orthopaedics and vascular medicine who will be able to quickly advise on the merits of your claim.
If we can prove that treatment was negligent then we can instruct a second team of experts. This is usually occupational therapists, rehabilitation experts, physiotherapists and housing experts. We would also arrange for an appointment with a prosthetic expert to assess your needs.
The value of the claim will depend on the age of the claimant and their ability to undertake day to day activities. Adaptations to your house or even a new property may be required.
Based on our 40 years’ experience we understand the problems and challenges you are going likely to face and we can help you prepare for them. Many of our clients have had stump pain or phantom pains and we are sympathetic to your needs and problems.
We understand that immediate rehabilitation is crucial so we investigate the case quickly. We do our best to quickly obtain an interim payment which can then be used to pay for a prosthetic limb from the private sector.
The NHS is facing huge financial pressures. It is no secret that the prosthetic limbs provided by the NHS are not the best available limbs. Much more sophisticated products are available in the private sector but they can cost up to £70,000. Specialist limbs for swimming or cycling may also be required and can be claimed for.
We have dealt with all types of amputations to both upper and lower. Cases have often involved;
Mrs N v. XY NHS Trust
Mrs N was a 77 year old lady who underwent knee replacement surgery to assist her mobility. The operation was required due to arthritis which was starting to limit her active life.
Unfortunately, during the surgery her popliteal artery was severed. The surgeon was unaware that he had caused this injury and concluded the surgery thinking that all had gone well.
Following the surgery the patient complained of a cold, numb foot which she mentioned to a number of nurses and doctors. Sadly there was a huge delay in recognising the classic signs of ischaemia (lack of blood flow).
Eventually a Doppler ultrasound confirmed that there was no circulation In the patient’s lower left leg. Due to the severe delay in diagnosing the condition, tissue had begun to die and it was necessary to amputate the limb. This was devastating news for the patient who had undergone the operation to improve her quality of life.
Orthopaedic and vascular experts confirmed to our solicitors that the surgery and aftercare were of a negligent standard. Reports were then obtained from a care expert, an accommodation expert and a prosthetic expert. Thankfully, the Defendant NHS Trust quickly admitted negligence and apologised to the patient. The case settled just 11 months after the first client meeting, for several hundred thousand pounds.
Mr R v. AB NHS Trust
Mr R collapsed one night at work and suddenly appeared to have lost all feeling to his legs. He was taken to a local hospital where investigations began, The Claimant’s obvious signs of leg ischaemia were not identified and when they were it was decided to transfer the patient rather than attempt surgery.
The patient required a quick embolectomy but this was hugely delayed due to the wish to transfer the patient to a hospital some distance away. Sadly, by the time the procedure was carried out significant tissue damage had been caused to the patient’s lower limbs. He required bilateral amputations of his legs above the knee. Investigations were undertaken with expert evidence, which confirmed that appropriate early surgery could have prevented the amputations. The Claimant’s case for compensation was supported by a care expert, an accommodation expert and a prosthetic expert. The claim settled out of court for a seven figure sum.
D v N NHS Trust
Mr D had been suffering with a ‘heavy’ feeling in his right leg for some months when he felt the pain worsen one day at work. The pain was so severe that his colleagues called an ambulance. The paramedics noted his cold foot and noted that there was a very weak pulse in his foot. However, on arrival at A & E the patient was reviewed by a very junior doctor who noted the pain but failed to take account of the classic signs of ischaemia – which are sometimes called the “six P’s”
The patient was diagnosed with sciatica and told to rest and take a few days off work. The patient’s condition deteriorated and he eventually returned to hospital 10 days later with a pulseless leg. It was too late to avoid an amputation which was performed above the knee. Expert evidence from an A&E consultant and a vascular surgeon confirmed that the treatment provided was below an acceptable standard. The Claim was strongly disputed however but settled out of court for a very significant six figure sum. The Claimant was able to purchase a Genium X3 prosthetic from Dorset Orthopaedic which opened up a new life for him.
Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.
The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.
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