Can I still claim compensation for wrong leg amputation if the hospital’s insurers have already offered me a sum of compensation but it doesn’t seem fair?
It still should be possible to claim compensation for wrong leg amputation, even if the hospital’s insurance company have already made an unsolicited offer of compensation. The fact that this offer has been made can serve as an unofficial admission of liability. It means that if you do decide to pursue a wrong leg amputation compensation claim it is likely to be successful. It is still advisable that you contact a personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible moment though, so that you may find out all of your options when it comes to pursuing a claim for amputation of wrong leg.
With such offers of compensation, it is always best to present them to a solicitor who has knowledge of your situation before even thinking about accepting it. Such offers are generally made not long after an injury, or illness, due to medical negligence has been sustained and because of this it is unlikely that they will have had enough time to properly assess the amount of compensation necessary for covering the illness or injury that has been experienced. Furthermore, it is in the insurance company’s best interest to provide as little compensation as possible and to save money in legal fees from avoiding potential litigation. After you inform your solicitor of the specific details of your injury and the manner in which it was sustained they should be able to inform you of whether or not you would be likely to obtain more compensation if you did pursue a claim. It should also be noted that if you did accept this offer of claim then you would be unable to return to the insurance company and ask for more if it did turn out to be inadequate.
If you do decide to claim compensation for wrong leg amputation, the amount of compensation you are entitled to receive will be reliant on a number of factors. Firstly, the solicitors involved in calculating the value of your wrong leg amputation compensation claim will obtain a base value from the Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages. This is a publication that lists a number of accident injuries and their claim values depending on their nature and permanency. Following this, they will take into consideration your age, sex, general state of health prior to the amputation of wrong leg, the pain and suffering you have experienced consequently and the impact it has had on your quality of life both financially and in terms of emotional trauma. You should be sure to retain any relevant documentation that will strengthen your claim and ensure that you obtain the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. These could include receipts for medical expenses incurred, receipts for any household renovations you have had to make to live with your amputation and the costs incurred for replacement limbs.
The information provided here is merely general advice with regards to pursuing a claim for amputation of wrong arm, it is not a substitute to the specific information your solicitor will be able to give you about the potential worth of your claim and the process involved in calculating it. It is advisable that you make an appointment for a consultation at the first possible moment to discuss how you might claim compensation for wrong leg amputation.