Amputation Claims

The NHS reports that people who have diabetes are 15 times more likely to undergo amputations than other people without the condition. The number of people living with diabetes in the UK has soared by 59.8 per cent in a decade due to unhealthy lifestyles, according to a new analysis by the Charity, Diabetes UK. They note that problems of the foot are the most frequent reasons for hospitalisation amongst patients who have diabetes.

Several key factors usually predispose ulceration and ultimately amputation. These include:-

  • (a nerve disorder)
  • Circulation problems (often caused by smoking)
  • Foot ulcers (experts suggest around 10% of people with diabetes develop a foot ulcer)
  • Charcot foot (a type of bone deformity)
  • Other damage to the foot

Most diabetes sufferers see their Diabetic Nurse on a regular basis who will assist with foot care, as the disease kills the nerve endings making their feet increasingly numb and susceptible to unnoticed damage or ulcers. They will also visit their GP to keep their condition under control using repeat prescription medication to avoid permanent damage to their health.

There are however, a few people who slip through the net and even after repeated visits to the GP Surgery, their ulcers go unnoticed or not treated with antibiotics, meaning they end up hospitalised and need to undergo surgery in order to remove infected tissue. Sometimes the bone has to be cut out too, if the infection has spread that far. Left untreated, infections can spread throughout the whole body, resulting in the potentially fatal condition; septicaemia.

At Thomson & Bancks, our medical negligence specialists will deal sensitively and efficiently with your claim for compensation or that brought on behalf of a loved one’s Estate. The civil law attempts to place people back in the same place as they would have been had they not been injured by a medical mistake or left untreated so they have not fully recovered as they should have done.

Where that is not possible, an increasing amount of damages are payable for where the consequences have been more serious for you. Also, financial losses caused by the injury or non-recovery of your condition are claimable, for instance, if you are not able to return to work or require extra services because of a resulting disability which would have been avoided had there been no negligence.

If you or your family have been affected by medical negligence, please call our specialist Solicitor, Lucy Sherry, on 01242 235250 to find out if you may have a claim. We will offer you a first free interview to learn about the next steps and our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements for funding your legal claim.

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