Amputation Caused by Clinical Negligence
Potter Rees Dolan’s expert team of clinical negligence solicitors are here to help when mistakes made by medical professionals have resulted in an amputation.
We can’t begin to imagine to understand how hard it must be for you in this situation, but we have seen first-hand the impact amputation has on individuals and their families.
You can rely on our clinical negligence solicitors to fight for the compensation you deserve. And we know just how important a successful claim can be. It can help you make the necessary adaptations to your home, get the care you need, pay for expensive rehabilitation and help you purchase cutting edge prostheses that will improve your quality of life.
Our highly regarded clinical negligence team is led by Helen Dolan, Lesley Herbertson and Gill Edwards, who all feature in the prestigious Legal 500 and Chambers 2017 guides. One of our guiding principles is to
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What is amputation?
An amputation is the surgical removal of a part of the body. This can either be a limb, such as a leg or an arm, but can also include digits such as fingers and toes
Causes of amputation
In almost all cases, surgeons will only ever amputate as a last resort. Some common reasons for amputation are:
- Major trauma to a limb, including crush and blast wounds
- Severe infection of a limb
- Deformation of a limb that has limited movement and function
- Blockage of blood flow to a limb, resulting in compartment syndrome or similar
You may have been a victim of clinical negligence if
- Delayed diagnosis of compartment syndrome
- Contracting infections during your hospital stay, which results in the need to amputate
- Failing to diagnose circulatory issues such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Amputating the wrong limb or too much of a limb
- Pressure sores or other wounds that may have been incorrectly managed
- Poor management of peripheral vascular disease
- Uncontrolled or badly managed diabetes
As with any kind of surgery, amputations carry a risk. Complicating factors include; age, your general health and the nature of the surgery itself. Issues that can arise following the loss of a limb include:
- Stump and phantom limb pain
Amputations can turn your whole life upside down. As well as just coming to terms with the loss of a limb, you will probably need to make significant alterations to your day-to-day life. You may have to change jobs, or perhaps you won’t be able to work at all. You could also face considerable financial costs when undertaking rehabilitation and sourcing prostheses to suit you.
Things you may have to think about include:
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- Sourcing a prosthesis to aid mobility and improve your quality of life
- Making changes to your home to improve access
- Undergoing rehabilitation to strengthen the muscle and tissue in the surrounding area
Re-learninghow to perform routine jobs and activities
How we can help
Potter Rees Dolan’s clinical negligence team has earned a reputation as one of the very best in the UK. Boasting a combined experience in serious injury law of over 60 years and comprehensive medical insight, the team has an unwavering dedication to help families recover the compensation they deserve.
About Helen Dolan, head of the department, Chambers 2017 says: “A source describes Helen Dolan as ‘formidable in her knowledge of the law and medicine,’ adding: ‘She's one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in Manchester.’”
Chambers 2017 says, Lesley Herbertson “plays a crucial role in many of the firm’s diverse clinical negligence cases. A commentator highlights her “understanding of cases and the way she moves cases forward," while another interviewee adds: ‘She is an extremely bright lawyer who is lovely with clients and keen to put them at ease’.”
Gill Edwards is described as being “well regarded for work on catastrophic injury in both adults and children. Her background as a registered general nurse aids her in issues of medical negligence. One source notes that ‘she is really lovely with clients, very thorough, and has a warm personality.’”
Our clients tell us that it is the empathy and care with which we act that sets us apart. We
Most clinical negligence cases are funded on the basis of a “no win, no fee” agreement, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. We can investigate your potential claim and you will not have to pay us a penny if your case is not successful. We will explain how a Conditional Fee Agreement works at our very first meeting.
You may already have a legal expense insurance policy. In the first instance, we’ll always start by investigating whether you can use the same policy
What happens next?
First, we will discuss your circumstances in detail and help you understand whether or not you have a case. If you do, we will help you gather all of the necessary evidence to build a strong case. We do this to make sure that we give you the best chance of success and to recover the right amount of compensation.
Your medical records are our first point of call - we will obtain them and go through them with you in depth.
We will then instruct independent experts to advise whether or not you or your family member has received substandard treatment. Once we have positive expert evidence in support of your claim, we will start court proceedings. We will progress the claim as quickly as possible, whilst always exploring opportunities to adequately settle the case early if we can.
Where possible, we also work towards obtaining early interim awards. For those who have suffered amputation, interim payments are particularly useful for things like rehabilitation, prosthetics, and funds to improve access in your home.
Contact Potter Rees Dolan today
Our sensitive and caring Manchester based team are ready to help you get the support you need. Please don’t delay - give us a call on 0800 027 2557. If you’d like one of our solicitors to call you back, fill out the form on the side of the page or visit our contact page. If there is someone specific at the firm you would like to speak to, visit their profile on our people page.