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The amputation of one or more limbs causes lifelong disability, affecting the amputee’s mobility, dexterity and independence. They may need help to get around, to look after themselves and their children and stay safe in the home. They may no longer be able to participate in the things they enjoy, such as sports or hobbies, and they may suffer financial hardship if their disability leaves them unable to return to their former work.

Amputees may suffer phantom limb pain or psychological reactions, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety and loss of self-esteem. This can delay their healing and rehabilitation, and increase the strain on family relationships.

If the amputation was caused by medical negligence, we can help.

Recent amputation cases

  • £950,000 compensation for a 60-year-old client with diabetes who suffered a below-knee amputation following delays in diagnosis and treatment of Charcot foot. Interim (advance) payments earlier in the case paid for specialist prosthetic limbs, including a water activity limb which allowed him to  return to kayaking. 
  • £600,000 settlement for our client who needed a below-knee amputation as a result of a walk-in centre and hospital’s negligent care of an injury to his foot, after an accident with a lawn mower. A £75,000 interim payment had already paid for specialist prosthetic limbs for our client, including a water activity limb.
  • Liability (fault) judgment (75%) against a GP and district nurses whose negligent treatment of a post-surgical ankle infection left our 63-year-old client needing a below-knee amputation.  Interim payments will now enable our client to go ahead with awaited private amputation surgery and prosthetic care.
  • £900,000 compensation for a man in his fifties who needed a below-knee amputation after a vascular surgeon failed to surgically treat a popliteal aneurysm for 15 months. The defendant surgeon chose to monitor his condition instead of operating to treat the aneurysm. As a result of the delay, our client developed a thrombosed popliteal artery aneurysm. Surgery finally took place but was too late to avoid a below-knee amputation. Our client’s settlement included compensation for his loss of earnings and essential adaptations to his home.

Can I make a loss of limb or amputation compensation claim?

For more than 30 years, Boyes Turner’s experienced medical negligence amputation specialists have helped clients regain their independence and rebuild their lives through their entitlement to compensation.  Interim (advance) payments and settlements help provide our clients with rehabilitation and therapies, specialist prosthetics and equipment, and necessary adaptations to their home and vehicles. Compensation also eases financial hardship by replacing lost earnings and other expenses arising from amputation and disability.

If the amputation was caused in a road accident or at work, or where a public organisation was at fault our serious injury lawyers can help. Read about their expertise here.

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What types of medical mistakes lead to amputation negligence claims?

Our friendly and experienced medical negligence lawyers have recovered compensation for clients whose amputations were caused by:  

  • negligent diabetic care;
  • failure to risk assess, examine, treat or refer a patient with diabetes for specialist foot care;
  • delay or failure to diagnose and properly treat foot injuries, such as ulcers or lacerations;
  • failure to diagnose and properly treat infection and sepsis;
  • delay or failure to diagnose and treat signs of Charcot foot;
  • delay or failure to diagnose and treat signs of peripheral ischaemia;
  • delay or failure to manage, diagnose and/or treat DVT, thrombosis and coagulation problems; 
  • medication errors;
  • delay or failure to diagnose cancer;
  • errors in surgical or post-operative care
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How much compensation can I claim for an amputation caused by negligent healthcare?

Boyes Turner’s medical negligence specialists work with our clients and experts to ensure that each client recovers their full entitlement to compensation. Depending on the individual’s injury, needs and circumstances, they may receive compensation for:

  • pain and suffering and disability;
  • specialist prosthetics (artificial limbs, hands, feet);
  • costs of rehabilitation;
  • costs of therapies, such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy;
  • specialist equipment;
  • adapted vehicles;
  • necessary home adaptations;
  • psychological counselling;
  • cost of care and domestic assistance;
  • loss of earnings and pension;
  • private medical treatment;
  • other costs and expenses arising from their disability, such as increased holiday costs.
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Can I get help with costs before my amputation case reaches a conclusion?

We work hard to secure early admissions of liability. This enables us to obtain substantial interim payments to begin easing the financial hardship which often follows a devastating injury. We use interim payments to make a real difference to the injured person and their family by getting care, rehabilitation and therapies underway as soon as possible.

By understanding and targeting provision for our clients’ individual needs early in the claims process, we help restore our clients’ mobility, independence and ability to participate fully in family and social life, long before the claim has concluded.

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Protecting our clients’ right to compensation for a future risk of amputation

Where negligent medical care leaves our client at an increased risk of needing a future amputation, compensation may be recovered for the client’s current injury, with a ‘provisional damages’ claim. This preserves our client’s right to return to court for more compensation if the future amputation takes place.

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Why choose Boyes Turner for your amputation claim?

Our nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers are recognised by Chambers Directory and Legal 500 as leading experts in clinical negligence. Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have upon their lives.

We are known for obtaining the highest compensation awards and our track record of successful settlements speaks for itself.

If you or a member of your family have suffered from an amputation as a result of negligent healthcare, and you would like to find out more about claiming compensation,  call us on 0800 124 4845 or email us at mednegclaims@boyesturner.com.

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Meet your team

Susan Brown

Partner

Richard Money-Kyrle

Partner

Julie Marsh

Senior associate - solicitor

Vanessa Wand

Senior associate - solicitor

Rachel Makore

Associate - solicitor

Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

Sita Soni

Associate - solicitor

Tara Byrne

Solicitor

Ben Ireland

Solicitor

Audrey Elmore

Medical records coordinator

Aimee Gaston

Trainee Solicitor

Nicky Melville

Professional support assistant

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"Very Professional "

Boyes Turner helped me through one of the toughest times in my life. They were very professional whilst remaining friendly. At times the process was emotionally tough but they were very patient with me and went through everything with me until I understood it. I cannot recommend them enough. 

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"We cannot thank Susan and her team at Boyes Turner enough"

Words cannot express how grateful we are to Susan and her team for the level of commitment and dedication shown to our family during a time which would be difficult for anyone. Susan demonstrates a calm professional manner which helped us to feel at ease. Her level of knowledge has proven to be the best in the field and we fully recommend her to anyone seeking to investigate birth injury claims. You can be confident that Susan and her team will scrutinise the medical notes thoroughly and will keep you well informed throughout the process. We are very pleased with the outcome of our child’s case and know that her work has resulted in justice being achieved. Our family will now be able to move forward in the knowledge that the finances are securely in place for our child to receive a suitable care package, purchase equipment and receive necessary lifelong therapy. We cannot thank Susan and her team at Boyes Turner enough.

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"I would like to say a huge thank you to Fran Rothwell"

I would like to say a huge thank you to Fran Rothwell for the exceptional work that she has carried out on my behalf. She is knowledgeable, efficient and has great attention to detail.Fran has kept me informed throughout the entire process and has been a great support to me, always being at the end of the phone, or on an email, whenever I needed her. She truly wants the best for her client and is passionate about getting justice. Fran also has a kind and compassionate nature and takes her time to explain what is going on in a clear and simple way. This has been extremely helpful to me during a difficult time.It is certainly reassuring having such strong women behind me.

Boyes Turner Client

"The journey with Julie was interesting! "

From a speculative inquiry to a life changing award, the journey with Julie Marsh was interesting. Julie kept me informed along the way explaining exactly what was going on and more importantly why. The team that was assembled certainly knew their stuff which meant I got all the necessary support to keep going. Thank you all. 

Kevin Ridsdale

"Successfully negotiated a full and fair compensation"

Boyes Turner staff were always helpful and quick to respond. Communicating from the other side of the world presented no problems. Boyes Turner secured generous early interim payments that allowed me to continue my (non-funded) medical treatment that otherwise I could never have afforded. My Boyes Turner solicitor successfully negotiated a full and fair compensation and continuation of funding for future medical treatment and associated costs giving me great peace of mind. Thank you so much Annabelle! I would recommend Boyes Turner solicitors. They are professional, courteous and helpful. 

Brian