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What is an amputation?

Surgical amputation is a procedure carried out to remove an extremity, limb or part of a limb from the subject. It might be a finger, a toe, a foot, a hand or even an arm or leg. Typically, an amputation is carried out because of an injury, disease or infection.


Non surgical amputation, meanwhile, is the loss of an extremity or limb as a result of a serious injury or trauma. These injuries occur predominantly in manual workplaces, especially factories or sites which operate heavy machinery.

Amputation injury claim

Whether making a claim against an employer who has failed to safeguard their wellbeing, or a hospital following a failed medical procedure, we have worked with a large number of clients who have pursued amputation claims.

As a result, we know what they need, from legal advice to compassion, support and access to the very best rehabilitation services.

Early rehabilitation in the aftermath of an amputation can have an extremely positive effect on the subject’s life and the compensation we win is essential in providing rehabilitation, ongoing treatment and care.

Here, you’ll find more information about the causes of amputation, the complications which can arrive and also the variety of treatments and care services available.

Causes of amputation

There are four predominant reasons that an amputation will take place:

  • A serious injury causes irreparable trauma to the limb

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) causes gangrene, which in turn results in the loss of blood supply to part of the body

  • Another disease or infection, such as cancer, threatens the person’s health

  • Deformity, or persistent pain, limit the functionality of the limb

Between 5,000 and 6,000 major limb amputations are carried out in England every year. Many are carried out on people living with diabetes, since the condition causes nerve damage and as a result, a person is less aware of minor injury and wounds which can increase in severity. People living with diabetes are also more prone to suffering from PAD.

Clinical negligence and amputation

On some occasions, amputation is the result of clinical or medical negligence. Surgeons may remove the wrong limb, or a further surgical amputation may be required following substandard surgical work. Please use the links below for more information:

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