Legal advice and guidance through your amputation claim
Here at AWH we understand that the loss of a limb or body part can have a devastating impact on your physical and psychological wellbeing. You may have to completely change how you live your life, make adaptations to your home, and your relationships with loved ones could become strained as a result.
We want to help you make a claim for compensation so that you can get your life as close as possible to how it was before your amputation. We know that we can’t reverse the past, however what we can do is help you get on the right path so that you can heal and move forward.
What are amputation claims?
Amputation claims are serious injury claims which you can pursue after an incident of medical negligence, a workplace injury, a road traffic accident, a military accident which has led to you suffering the surgical amputation of a limb or other body part.
We understand that due to the complexity of these injuries they will impact on your day to day life and you will more than likely require specialist care to adjust to your injuries. You might need further surgeries, prosthetics, care and assistance, house adaptations, medical equipment such as crutches or a wheelchair, car adaptations etc.
Our specialist team can help you through the legal process with the utmost support, with a view to give you the best outcome possible given your circumstances.
The legal process of amputation claims
The legal process can be considerably lengthy when it comes to amputation claims. This is mainly due to the medical issues that can arise from having an amputation.
Claims can only be finalised once the residual limb, more commonly known as the stump left after an amputation, has reached maturity. This is because it cannot be predicted what further rehabilitation treatment will be required and when.
Some people may also need revisional surgery to change the shape of their stump, and so this also must be taken into account with all amputation claims.
Here at AWH we are able to provide support and assistance necessary if you are dealing with complications surrounding an amputation. With access to the best experts and rehabilitation services, we’ll be by your side to get you the result you need to be able to look forward to the future.
How can amputation injury claims help people?
If you have had to undergo an amputation due to an unforeseen event such as a work accident or a medical error, it might feel as if your whole life has been turned upside down. You might feel depressed and hopeless, which is completely understandable given what you have been through.
You might feel like nothing can help you start to feel better, however, making an amputation injury claim can help to get you on the right track again.
For example, you will more than likely need rehabilitation in your recovery. When we help people make amputation claims, we also provide assistance regarding rehabilitation, ensuring that our clients get access to this as soon as possible. Rehabilitation can come in all shapes and sizes, including:
- Counselling – if you have phantom limb pain, you could undergo counselling in order to help manage the symptoms of your condition
- Psychiatrists in respect of the psychological impact the amputation has had on you i.e. PTSD
- Physiotherapy centres that specialise in trying to get individuals who have suffered an amputation as mobile as possible and as soon as possible, with minimal discomfort where they can
- Chronic pain management – if you have chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) rehabilitation may be required to help reduce the effect your symptoms have on you
- Enlisting an occupational therapist to assess your home and decide whether any adaptation is required, and if so what and to what cost
Having access to the right experts and amputation injury claims specialists as soon as the amputation occurs is crucial and we offer that services to all of our clients. We work with the best in the fields in relation to amputation rehabilitation and surgeons for any corrective surgery.
Adjusting your home, lifestyle and transport after an amputation is also often very expensive, so making an amputation claim can allow you to focus on recovery without having to worry about your finances.
We are dedicated to pursuing the best route for our clients, so always ensure that we utilise experts that consider the most beneficial methods of amputation. For example, in our opinion the surgical intervention of inserting titanium metal into the bone so a prosthetic limb can be attached – called osseointegration – is a much more favourable amputation method.
Not only does osseointegration knock around a year off the average recovery time following an amputation, but it also allows the individual to adapt better to circumstances and surroundings. For example, you will be able to swim, run better and walk better if you opt for this method of amputation.
There are also less complications involved with osseointegration than there are with a traditional amputation and socket prosthetic. Patients are likely to need less revisional surgery, which of course saves a considerable amount of NHS funding.
Another method we favour here at AWH is targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR). This type of surgery involves rewiring nerves to a different area or muscle in your body in order to control your prosthetic. This method is very beneficial because it allows you to have improved control over you prosthetic, and also can hugely relieve pain.
Here at AWH we want what’s best for you. We evaluate every case individually, ensuring that we seek the opinions of experts who can most help to improve the lives of our clients. We will always keep you in the loop when it comes to treatments and methods regarding your application, and will never act on your behalf without consulting you first.
How we can help you
Our team of expert industrial disease and medical negligence solicitors have a wealth of experience helping people like you pursue amputation claims. Whether you have had to have an amputation due to an accident at work or a medical error, or you have been subject to an act of medical negligence during amputation surgery or in recovery, we could help you.
We understand how devastating having to have an unexpected amputation can be, and/or also the life-changing impact it can have if some part of the amputation process goes wrong. That’s why we’re here to help you through this difficult time.
We want to help you get your life back on track by providing you with legal advice, guidance and representation, as well as emotional support throughout your case. At AWH we believe that our client’s wellbeing should always be a priority, and so strive to ensure that we put that into practice.
Our amputation injury claims team could help you pursue an amputation claim if you have suffered significantly due to the negligence of an employer or a medical professional.
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- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
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