Dealing With The After Effects Of An Amputation


There can be little doubt that losing a limb after an accident can make for an extremely traumatic experience – not to mention having to face one of the most invasive procedures your body is ever likely to experience. Unfortunately, amputation is an irrevocable physical change and even a minor loss can prove to be a life-changing experience.

What types of amputation might be necessary after an accident?

Amputation is never a procedure to be taken lightly and, where possible, will always be discussed with you as soon as possible. Not only does this help to engage you with the consultation process but also helps you come to terms with what you might have to expect in the future.

There are numerous types of amputation, ranging from the removal of smaller limbs (such as toes or fingers), right through to more debilitating procedures, such as legs amputation. Multiple amputations may be required if the limb suffered significant trauma, vascular problems or even meningitis.

What sort of support will I receive if I need an amputation?

When it comes to personal injury, no two cases are ever the same so we’ll always assess your case on its own merits before we discuss how best to support you.

Depending on your individual requirements, Smith Jones Solicitors can help you with any of the issues you might face – and can even work alongside your family or friends to ensure you’re fully supported every step of the way.

In terms of practical support, we can certainly help you with:

  • Any adaptations you might need to your home (for example, widened doorways to accommodate any wheelchair access you might need, or the installation of chairlifts etc.)
  • The hire or purchase of any mobility aids you might need
  • Fitting of prosthetic limbs
  • Rehabilitation support
  • Psychological support
  • Medical support, through specialist consultants and doctors
  • Any domestic assistance you might need around the home – for example, help with the gardening, housework and general domestic chores.

Put simply, whatever you might need during your rehabilitation period, we’ll be here to help 24/7 so you needn’t feel as though you’re going through it all on your own.

Will it affect me psychologically?

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer to this other than to say that you’ll be fully supported if you feel unable to cope or find it difficult to come to terms with your amputation – particularly if it was caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault.

The team at Smith Jones Solicitors understands that it can be incredibly difficult to adjust and that there are numerous issues which will need to be addressed as quickly as possible to ensure your mental wellbeing.

An important part of the recovery process is adopting a strong, positive attitude and we’ll always work closely with you to ensure that you’re actively involved with the entire process. That said, we’ll also deal with third party insurers on your behalf to ensure that you don’t endure any unwanted stress at an already difficult time.

What will happen after my surgery?

When it comes to amputation, one of the most crucial times is the period between surgery and the prosthetic adjustment itself.

During this period of time it’s perfectly understandable to experience a wide range of emotions and physical side effects, from phantom pains right through to sheer frustration. For this reason, both pre-operative and post-operative pain management is crucial and we’ll help to ensure that you get the very best medical team on your side to help alleviate some of the more negative aspects of the process.

Are there any likely complications to expect during surgery?

Whilst the vast majority of amputations have no complications that’s certainly not to suggest that they don’t happen either.

Typical problems following surgery can include infections around the amputated area, blood clots and muscle weakness. However, we’re highly experienced in assisting clients through the post-surgery stage and will not only help you to find a successful outcome but will also help to significantly increase the quality of your life going forward. Suffice it to say, we don’t just assist with compensation. We ensure our clients get the very best treatment and care whatever stage of the process they’re at – and whatever their individual requirements might be at that specific time.

How quickly should I make a claim?

As soon as possible. In the vast majority of cases, a claim for amputation must be made within three years after the accident has taken place and there are very few exceptions to this rule. For more information or to speak to one of our specialists, call us on 0800 195 95 90 today. We’re here to help!