Amputation / Loss of limbs
The loss of a limb is traumatic, especially if it occurs through no fault of your own. You might have been involved in a crushing injury at work or a motorcycle accident. Sometimes a medical professional might be to blame – a surgical mistake, an untreated infection, incorrect diabetes care or a cancer misdiagnosis can all result in amputation.
Any amputation is a life-changing experience. Just doing the things that you took for granted before your accident such as walking to the shops or cooking a meal can become more complicated. You may have had to give up hobbies you enjoyed and rely more on family and friends for help. Understandably, this kind of injury can often lead to psychological issues as well.
Making a claim can help you achieve a sense of justice. It can also help you on a practical level, too. The compensation we recover can be used to improve your quality of life. This might include adaptations to your home or purchasing specialist equipment, such as a specially adapted vehicle.
We can help you get the treatment you need. A prosthetic limb can take the place of your lost limb, whether it is a hand, arm or leg. We can explore new state of the art protheses that may not be available on the NHS.
You may also benefit from counselling to help you come to terms with what has happened.
The use of osseointegration to improve the quality of life of amputees has been a development which first started in Sweden in the 1990’s. New pioneering surgical procedures and specialist rehabilitation have over time become available in the UK.
This procedure involves putting a permanent implant into the bone, which can then be fixed to a prosthesis. For example, a metal stem can be put in at the knee and left to fuse with the bone. Months later, when it has fused with the bone, a prosthesis is attached to the part of the anchor that sticks out of the leg.
These implants are often referred to as bone-anchored implants.
The advantages of Direct Skeletal Fixation (DSF) compared to the traditional method of securing a limb are:
- It allows the axis of your limb to be as close to normal as possible. There are fewer restrictions in the range of movement, you have more reliable control of the prosthesis and freedom from socket related issues such as ulcers, chaffing, sweating, slippage, smell and pain.
- Many users report greater feedback from their prosthesis – a phenomenon described as osseoperception. In some cases, users are able to distinguish between walking on grass versus carpet…
There are some risks (such as infection) in connecting an artificial limb or body part to the body, as part of the prosthetic must stick out through the skin so that the artificial limb can be secured to it.
We can discuss treatment options with experienced medical experts to see if this is an option for you. If so, we can include the costs of you having this treatment privately as part of your compensation claim.
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