When you claim compensation for a wrong finger amputation, it is indisputable that you have suffered an avoidable injury due to the negligence of a medical professional or an agent of a hospital who had a professional duty of care for your health.
There is no justifiable defence against a claim for having the wrong finger amputated, however the claims process still has to be conducted so that it can be determined where and how the mistake occurred and to ensure that you receive an appropriate settlement of compensation.
Making a Claim for Having the Wrong Finger Amputated
In order to make a claim for having the wrong finger amputated, your solicitor will ask for your authorisation to access to your medical records. A senior medical expert will review your medical records to determine where and how the mistake occurred.
Usually it is not the surgeon who is at fault when you claim compensation for a wrong finger amputation, but one of the medical team supporting the surgeon, an administrator or a technician who viewed an x-ray or scan of your finger from the reverse perspective.
When the party responsible for the mistake is identified, your solicitor will claim compensation for a wrong finger amputation by sending a “Letter of Claim” to the NHS Trust responsible for your care. As there is no justifiable defence against a claim for having the wrong finger amputated, liability should quickly be admitted and your solicitor will negotiate a settlement of your claim.
Settling a Claim for Compensation for a Wrong Finger Amputation
The amount of compensation your claim for having the wrong finger amputated will be settled for will depend on the location of the incorrectly amputated finger, whether it is adjacent to the finger still to be amputated and whether it is on your dominant hand. Your age and general state of health will also be taken into account, and – in some cases – your gender.
When settling a claim for a wrong finger amputation, your solicitor will take into account that not only have you suffered the loss of one finger, but you will have to undergo a further surgical procedure to have a second finger amputated. This will have significant consequences for you in terms of your emotional wellbeing, your recovery time and your quality of life after the second procedure.
Also very important when you claim compensation for a wrong finger amputation is the effect the medical mistake will have on your future employment prospects. Whereas it may have been possible to continue working with the little finger of your non-dominant hand removed, it could be quite a different story if the index finger of your dominant hand has been amputated by mistake.
Further Information about Wrong Finger Amputation Claims
With the number of factors that have to be taken into account when you claim compensation for a wrong finger amputation, it is important that you receive clear legal advice. In this respect, you are invited to call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau and discuss the circumstances of the wrong finger amputation with a medical negligence solicitor.
Our solicitor will ask you if you are already aware of how the wrong finger came to be amputated and answer any legal questions you may have about how to claim compensation for a wrong finger amputation. He or she will also be able to guide you through the process of making a claim for having the wrong finger amputated as it applies to your particular circumstances.
Please note that by calling our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau, you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim for having the wrong finger amputated. Our service is made available so that you can find out the process to claim compensation for a wrong finger amputation and understand how the settlement of your claim will be calculated.