Although there is no viable defence against a claim for compensation for a wrong hand amputation, the process of making a claim for having the wrong hand amputated is necessary in order to ascertain where and how the mistake was made.
Often it is not the surgeon who is to blame for the mistake, as a National Patient Safety Agency Checklist has to be completed before any surgical procedure, and the likelihood is that the mistake was made previously by an administrator or technician.
When you claim compensation for a wrong hand amputation, attributing negligence is an essential part of the process, as is ensuring that you receive an appropriate settlement of your claim for having the wrong hand amputated.
Making a Claim for Having the Wrong Hand Amputated
In order to support your claim for having the wrong hand amputated with evidence of negligence, your solicitor will ask for your authorisation to access to your medical records. The medical records will be reviewed and an investigation initiated determine where and how the mistake was made.
When the cause of the mistake is identified, your solicitor will send a “Letter of Claim” to the NHS Trust responsible for your care, claiming compensation for a wrong hand amputation and giving the NHS Trust ninety days to respond with an acknowledgement of liability.
As there is no viable defence against a claim for compensation for a wrong hand amputation, liability should be forthcoming quickly, after which your solicitor will contact the NHS Litigation Authority to negotiate a settlement of your claim for having the wrong hand amputated.
How Much Compensation for a Wrong Hand Amputation?
How much compensation for a wrong hand amputation you will be entitled to will depend on a number of factors – the most important being that you have lost the use of a perfectly good hand and still have to undergo a second surgery to remove your remaining hand.
Although it may be possible for you to have prosthetic replacements, the value of your claim for having the wrong hand amputated will be influenced by whether your dominant or non-dominant hand was amputated in error, and the impact the mistake will have on your quality of life – both physical and emotional.
A very important consideration when calculating the value of a claim for having the wrong hand amputated is how it will affect your future employment prospects. If you are unable to return to work for a considerable period of time – if at all – the compensation you receive for future loss of earnings could be the primary factor in the settlement of your claim.
Further Information about Wrong Hand Amputation Claims
With the number of factors that have to be taken into account in the settlement of a claim for having the wrong hand amputated, it is vital that you receive professional and independent legal advice. In this respect, we invite you to contact our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau and discuss the circumstances of the tragic error with a medical negligence solicitor.
Our solicitor will ask if you already know the circumstances behind how the wrong hand was amputated and answer any legal questions you may have about claiming compensation for a wrong hand amputation. He or she will also explain the process of making a claim for having the wrong hand amputated with relevance to your particular situation.
Please note that all calls to our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau are strictly confidential and that you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim for having the wrong hand amputated. Our legal advice service aims to explain the process of claiming compensation for a wrong hand amputation and so that you can understand how the calculations behind the settlement of your claim.