When you put your health into the hands of medical professionals, you trust that they will do whatever is needed to help you feel well again. You do not anticipate that a mistake made by them will result in you losing a limb.
At Ashtons Legal, our amputation negligence claims solicitors understand the profound effect amputation can have on every aspect of your life. We know that adapting to your injury through physical and mental rehabilitation can be a long and challenging process for both you and your family.
We work with some of the leading experts in rehabilitation, pain control and prosthetics to ensure that our clients can get back to living life as they did before the trauma so far as is reasonably possible. We work hard to secure early admissions and interim payments of damages to fund much-needed care and equipment and therapies.
If you received any sort of negligent care that resulted in amputation, then you may well be able to make a claim. Our lawyers have successfully secured compensation for many clients who have had a limb or limbs amputated.
Examples of poor treatment that can lead to amputation include:
- Incorrect care of diabetes
- Delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancer
- Delayed diagnosis and treatment of infection
- Delayed diagnosis and treatment of vascular or circulatory problems
- Surgical errors
Contact our Amputation Negligence Claims Solicitors
To make an amputation negligence claim, please contact our experienced solicitors. You will be offered a free initial consultation to sensitively discuss the particulars of your case and plan the potential next steps.
How To Make an Amputation Negligence Claim
Our amputation negligence lawyers at Ashtons Legal can assist you through the entire legal process from beginning to end. We’ll cover all bases, offering a seamless experience so you don’t need to go anywhere else for support.
Our amputation claims service includes:
- Assessing your amputation negligence claim
- ‘No win, no fee’ funding
- Building your amputation negligence case, including access to experienced medical experts to support your claim
- Drafting and submitting a Letter of Claim to the defendant
- Traditional Negotiation/Mediation processes to reach a settlement
- Representing you in Court if necessary
- Access to our free Client Rehabilitation Service for ongoing health and welfare benefits support.
To proceed with your claim today, get in touch with our amputation negligence solicitors at Ashtons Legal. Below you can find more information about the specific processes involved.
Our Amputation Negligence Claims Service
Assessing your amputation claim
When you first get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors, we’ll begin by reviewing the details of your amputation injury. You’ll have the chance to explain what’s happened and what the impact has been on your life.
This initial discussion is used to assess whether or not there are grounds for a claim. If we believe that the claim has a likelihood of success, we will talk to you about funding options and explain how our ‘no win, no fee’ service works.
‘No win, no fee’ amputation claims
At Ashtons Legal, we offer a ‘no win, no fee’ amputation negligence claims process. What this means is you will only be required to pay legal fees if you win your case and receive compensation. As such, the majority of your expenses will be covered by the defendant.
If your claim is unfortunately unsuccessful, you will not need to pay anything towards your legal fees, provided you give us instructions when requested, follow our advice and act honestly throughout the claim.
Building your amputation negligence case
Our solicitors will proceed to build your case by collecting evidence and witness statements. We will review your medical records and discuss your case with relevant medical experts. Using these processes, we will be able to gain a full understanding of what happened and the impact on your life.
Submitting the Letter of Claim
After all the relevant evidence is collected and we have assessed that your claim has reasonable prospects of success, we will draft a Letter of Claim and send this to the defendant. This sets out the allegations of medical negligence, how the amputation could have been avoided and what difference the negligence has made to your outcome.
In cases where the defendant admits negligence, we will value the case and begin to work on securing a settlement. We will also organise the payment of interim damages so that your immediate needs can be met.
If the defendant denies responsibility, we will assess their arguments and plan the next steps. Where a defendant continues to deny liability, it may be necessary to eventually issue Court proceedings. However, in the majority of cases, we should be able to settle your claim using some form of alternative dispute resolution.
If the defendant accepts liability for the medical negligence, our expert solicitors will negotiate a settlement using traditional negotiation or mediation processes. Our solicitors are highly experienced in a wide range of amputation claims and have an excellent track record in achieving high levels of compensation for our amputation clients.
If we are unable to settle a case using traditional negotiation or mediation, we can represent you through Court proceedings. Our team is made up of highly accredited and experienced solicitors, and we are closely linked with a number of highly respected and knowledgeable barristers, so we can ensure you will receive top-quality representation throughout the entire process.
We have much experience assisting clients in medical negligence amputation cases and can answer any queries you have about the Court process.
Free rehabilitation service
At Ashtons Legal, we know that clients are likely to need expert health care, support, and rehabilitation before they receive interim damages. Our specialist lawyers work with our rehabilitation team to offer clients a free rehabilitation service. Clients can access this service as soon as funding is in place if appropriate and regardless of the success of their claim.
For more information about this service, please get in touch with our amputation negligence claims team at Ashtons Legal.
Frequently asked questions about amputation claims
What is an amputation due to medical negligence?
Under some circumstances, medical professionals may need to amputate a limb, for instance, to save an individual’s life where they have a serious infection. However, there are some circumstances where amputation occurs even though it is avoidable. These cases are deemed amputation due to medical negligence.
For example, amputation might be the result of a failed diagnosis, where medical professionals have failed to diagnose vascular disease, cancer, or meningitis. Failure to promptly treat an infection can also cause amputation, for instance, in severe cases where amputation was caused by sepsis.
Can I make an amputation negligence claim?
If you have had a limb or limbs amputated and you believe that this could have been avoided had it not been for negligent medical care, you will be entitled to make an amputation negligence claim.
There are various circumstances where your amputation may have been the result of medical negligence, including:
- Improper care for diabetes patients
- Errors in surgery
- Failure to promptly diagnose cancer, infection or circulatory problems, and associated substandard medical treatment
How do I make an amputation injury claim?
To make an amputation injury claim, you’ll need to get in touch with specialist amputation claims lawyers, like our team at Ashtons Legal. Our amputation solicitors will start by reviewing your case and if we feel that you have grounds for a claim, we will talk you through the claims process and funding.
We appreciate that medical negligence resulting in amputation is a highly sensitive subject and that the idea of making a claim can feel daunting at a time when clients are already going through significant trauma. When you work with our solicitors, you can be certain that you’ll receive a compassionate and practical amputation negligence service. We strive to tailor our service to our client’s concerns and needs.
How much time do I have to make an amputation claim?
For amputation compensation claims, you will have three years from the date of the incident to make a claim. However, if you would like to make a claim on behalf of a child under the age of 18 years old, the time limit does not start to run until their 18th birthday. Once your child turns 18, it is their responsibility to make a claim, and they will have three years from their 18th birthday, i.e. until they turn 21 years old, to do so.
Get in Touch With our Amputation Negligence Claims Solicitors
For support with amputation injury claims, please contact our experienced solicitors. You will be offered a free initial consultation to sensitively discuss the particulars of your case and plan the potential next steps.