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Amputation Of The Wrong Limb

Having a limb amputated is in itself a traumatic event. However, imagine just how devastating it will be if the wrong limb is removed. It sounds completely unfeasible: after all, how could doctors remove the wrong arm or leg? But unfortunately it does happen, and when it does, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim.

How Can Doctors Amputate The Wrong Limb?

Before surgery, doctors should take care to mark a patient with pen, therefore indicating which part of the body is to be operated on. A patient's medical records should be carefully consulted before the body is marked, and again in theatre before any incision is made. Each NHS Trust will have clear guidelines regarding such procedures which are in place to ensure wrong-site surgery does not occur.

Nevertheless, there are times when a patient will come round from the anaesthetic, only to find that the wrong limb has been amputated. This may happen because medical professionals did not bother to mark a patient before surgery, or because the wrong limb was marked (which may be due to individual error or due to mistakes in the medical records.)

Wrong Amputation: A Clear Breach Of Duty

Evidently, discovering that the wrong limb has been amputated will be highly traumatic for the patient concerned. He or she will have to go through another operation to have the correct one removed, thereby leaving them to suffer the effects of a double amputation. It is highly probable this will cause devastating psychological scars, resulting in significant emotional distress for the entire family.

But of course, this should never happen within a healthcare environment. There are clear rules in place to make sure a wrong limb is not amputated, and if followed correctly it is an event that should be easily avoided. Therefore when a wrong amputation does occur, serious questions must be raised as to how it was allowed to happen. Even if an inquiry does follow, this will be of little comfort to the patient involved. He or she has been the victim of gross medical incompetence and will be left to suffer the consequences for the rest of their lives.

Claiming For A Wrong Amputation

Every medical professional has a duty of care towards their patients, and a wrong amputation is undeniably a breach of duty. If this has happened to you, you must not suffer in silence. It is absolutely essential you contact a solicitor about your case, as you will be entitled to compensation for the suffering you have been caused. While this will not undo the damage you have been done, it will at least help to recompense for your pain (both physical and psychological) and help you with financial support, ensuring you and your family are provided for in the year to come.

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