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The NHS performs over 13,400 lower limb amputations in England each year, with 6,400 of those procedures classified as ‘major’ amputation of the leg or foot. The majority of those amputations are related to diabetes.

Leading charity, Diabetes UK, recently estimated that 169 diabetes-related lower limb (leg/foot/toe) amputations take place in the UK each week - that’s one every hour. The charity estimates that 80% (or four out of every five) of these could have been prevented.

The estimated number of preventable amputations is based on the large proportion of these cases which begin with foot ulcers. Unhealed ulcers and foot infections are the main cause of diabetes-related amputations. Diabetic patients’ foot ulcers are avoidable with proper foot care. They are also treatable if the first signs are spotted early and acted upon quickly but are often unrecognised and untreated in diabetics until it is too late to save the foot or avoid amputation.

Diabetes affects 3.9 million people in the UK. Negligent diabetic healthcare is also the cause of some of the most common types of claims that we see against GPs. This is because diabetes is a risk factor for serious medical complications and conditions including amputation.

How Boyes Turner helps amputee clients after medical negligence

For over 30 years, Boyes Turner’s top-rated and successful medical negligence team have helped clients disabled by diabetic amputation recover compensation to rebuild their lives. Our clients benefit from early rehabilitation, specialist prosthetics, therapies and equipment, adaptations to their homes and vehicles to help restore their mobility and independence. Alongside the physical, therapeutic and psychological benefits of compensation for amputation, compensation brings financial security, by replacing lost earnings and the other expenses associated with severe disability.

Why are diabetics at greater risk of amputation?

When an individual has diabetes, their body struggles to control their blood sugar (glucose) level. If blood glucose levels are persistently high, this damages the blood vessels and affects the circulation of blood to the legs and feet. Diabetics often have reduced sensation (feeling) in their feet as a result of their poor blood circulation affecting their nerves. This means that they are less aware of minor injuries to their feet, which can then go untreated, leaving them at greater risk of serious foot problems, including Charcot foot, ulcers, infection and gangrene, which lead to lower limb amputation. 

The pain from a minor cut, scratch or blister is immediately noticeable to someone who can feel their feet normally. The pain or discomfort alerts them to the need to protect the damaged skin to let it heal. A diabetic who cannot feel their feet remains unaware of the cut or blister until it has developed into an ulcer or become infected. By then, it is more difficult to treat. The problem is compounded when the diabetic also has impaired vision from retinopathy, preventing them from carrying out effective visual checks of their feet.

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What conditions and complications of diabetes can lead to amputation compensation claims?

Our specialist amputation lawyers have recovered damages settlements and awards for diabetic amputee clients following negligent treatment of:

  • Charcot foot
  • vascular and circulatory problems, such as peripheral ischaemia
  • DVT, thrombosis and coagulation problems
  • ulcers
  • minor foot injuries, such as cuts and scratches
  • infection, such as sepsis and gangrene
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How much compensation can I claim for an amputation caused by negligent diabetic care?

Boyes Turner’s nationally acclaimed serious injury solicitors have recovered medical negligence compensation for diabetic amputees for: 

  • pain and suffering
  • specialist prosthetics (artificial legs, arms, hands, feet)
  • rehabilitation costs
  • specialist equipment and aids
  • adapted vehicles
  • necessary adaptations to their home
  • therapies and counselling
  • cost of care and domestic assistance
  • loss of earnings and pension
  • private medical treatment
  • additional costs arising from disability, such as increased holiday costs
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Vanessa Wand

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Rachel Makore

Associate - solicitor

Alpa Rana

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Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

Sita Soni

Associate - solicitor

Tara Byrne

Solicitor

Ben Ireland

Solicitor

Audrey Elmore

Medical records coordinator

Nicky Melville

Professional support assistant

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How can diabetics reduce their risk of Charcot foot?
What types of negligent diabetes care lead to amputation?
What is Charcot foot?
What are the symptoms of Charcot foot?
How much compensation can you get for medical negligence?
How to make a medical negligence claim?
How long do medical negligence claims take?
How to fund a medical negligence claim?
How can you prove medical negligence?
Is there a time limit for claiming medical negligence compensation?
Will I need to go to court to claim medical negligence compensation?

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