Wrong Amputation

Wrong Limb Amputation

Unfortunately medical mistakes still happen on a far too frequent basis. One of the worst types of medical negligence is a wrong limb amputation. For whatever reason, we see too many operations to remove limbs due to misdiagnosis or a fundamental error in amputating the wrong limb. The effects are normally and understandably devastating. How does this still happen and what action can be taken if you are the victim of a wrong limb or other body part amputation?

Reasons for Wrong Amputations

Whilst there are some common horror stories of the wrong arm or leg being marked up for removal, there are also many more types of removals which do not usually make the news headlines.

There are various reasons that lead to the wrong limb being amputated, and these include:

  • Wrong diagnosis (such as a diagnosis of a malignant tumour that is later discovered to be wrong)
  • Amputating the wrong limb
  • Wrong discs removed
  • Removal of the wrong testicle
  • Wrong hip removal

Whatever has happened, our solicitors will take the time to listen to the circumstances leading to your wrong amputation, and will provide you with your options.

All initial enquiries are free of charge.

Often the problem is not even discovered until the patient awakes from the anaesthetic and realises what a dreadful mistake has been made.

In the case of the removal of a disc, the patient might not know for some months when they are still experiencing severe back pain.

Once the error is discovered, what action should be taken?

Make a Formal Complaint

If you realise the error whilst you are still in hospital, ensure that you formally complain to the doctor that carried out the treatment and ensure that the complaint is entered onto the medical records.

The next stage is to immediately seek advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor. 1stClaims can of course help you with wrong amputations and all initial enquiries are free of charge.

Your solicitor will discuss all of the circumstances of the wrong amputation, and take you through the action you need to take. They will guide you through a complaints procedure if you have not yet complained, and will then take over the handling of the claim for you to ensure that you receive the compensation that is rightfully yours.

What Will Your Wrong Limb Amputation Claim Include?

The most significant part of the claim will no doubt be for your pain and suffering for removal of the wrong body part. The claim for this compensation element is called General Damages. It may also include a claim for care and attention if you need caring for by family or friends, or professional nursing care if required.

There may also be other significant aspects to your claim. If the wrong leg or arm has been amputated, and the other limb still has to be removed, your previous living accommodation may no longer be suitable. Removal costs or adaptation costs of your current home can be claimed. In addition, other losses and expenses can include lost earnings, career retraining, private medical treatment and travel expenses.

What are the Costs?

1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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Why Make A Wrong Amputation Claim?

There are many reasons, but the most important one that we are normally told by our clients is that future treatment costs can be recovered, ensuring that any complications that arise can be dealt with promptly and privately.

1stClaims Service for You

If you ask 1stClaims to help you with a wrong amputation enquiry, you will receive the following service:

  • Free initial enquiries (your initial enquiry, whether by enquiry form or telephone is free
  • A range of funding options available. Once you know what options are available to you, you can decide whether to proceed with a claim or not.
  • We charge you nothing for our service - this allows you to find out what your rights are.


Make A Free Enquiry

If you are the victim of a wrong amputation, you should take prompt action to protect your entitlement to compensation. A claim must be made within three years (normally of the date of the operation although this can be longer in some circumstances so you should always ask) so delaying is not an option. A solicitor will obtain your medical records and collect the evidence needed to secure your claim for compensation. Take early action to protect your rights.

To be connected to one of our specialist solicitors, please call us free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Medical Negligence enquiry form. Want more information on medical negligence? Then return to our medical negligence home page.

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