27 October 2014
Amputation Compensation Explained
One of the most catastrophic types of personal injury is amputation. Whether it’s through a road traffic accident, or through a medical procedure gone wrong the effects are wide-reaching.
This means that claims for amputation compensation need to be handled sensitively and also in a way which assists the injured person to mitigate the effects as much as is possible.
As for the effects themselves, the most obvious are through the loss of the particular body part in question such as a leg, arm or fingers. But there are all sorts of potential effects even beyond the obvious physical loss. These can range from psychological injury both in terms of coping with the loss of function and also in terms of self-image right through to the risk of infection or issues such as phantom limb pain.
Amputation compensation cases can be particularly hard and exhausting psychologically and need dealing with sensitively in this context. Simply the day to day loss of function is hard enough but where the amputation is particularly noticeable people they may be all the more self-conscious when they are out in public. All of which is before you then start looking both at the need for care and also at the various financial losses such as the loss of a job or a handicap on the open labour market.
As for potential treatments, these can be as wide-ranging as the symptoms. For example, there might be a need for a prosthesis or a mobility aid. This might then be complemented by specialist physiotherapy and potentially also counselling or other psychological treatment. These all need to be brought together into a package which sees all the various elements as complementary to each other.
This all goes to emphasise how important it is that an amputation compensation case is dealt with very carefully. In doing this, reports would need to be gathered from medical experts in the relevant disciplines along with also potentially care experts depending upon the aids or therapy which might be appropriate to the particular case. Issues such as applying for an Interim Payment of compensation before the conclusion of the case may also arise in appropriate circumstances as well.
Above all amputation cases require sensitivity to exactly what the particular claimant might be going through both physically and emotionally, and rehabilitation support is vital.
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers our specialist team of Serious Injury Solicitors help clients beyond simply securing financial compensation. We have access to the best medical experts and rehabilitation treatment providers that specialise in helping people with serious injuries.
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