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Amputation is the surgical removal of a part of the body, such as a leg or arm. It can be a life-changing event, with a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health, as well as their life expectancy.
A study published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, which examined more than 1,000 Italian patients between 2012-2015, found a mortality rate of 49% by the end of the follow-up period, which consisted of a minimum of two years. The same study cites:
A 2020 Lebanese study examining more than 17,000 patients found similarly alarming mortality rates amongst those with minor amputations and diabetes or peripheral vascular disease:
There are several ways in which amputation can reduce a person’s life expectancy.
Increased risk of complications: People who have undergone an amputation are at an increased risk of developing complications, such as infection, blood clots, and chronic pain. These complications can lead to further health problems and even death.
Reduced mobility: Amputation can significantly reduce a person’s mobility, making it difficult to perform everyday activities and exercise. This can lead to weight gain, obesity, and other health problems that can reduce life expectancy.
Mental health problems: Amputation can also have a significant impact on a person’s mental health. Many people who have undergone an amputation experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These mental health problems can make it difficult to cope with the challenges of amputation and can lead to unhealthy behaviours that can reduce life expectancy.
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors represented Mr Shaw after doctors ignored a blood test which led to necrotising fasciitis and sepsis.
There are a few things that people who have undergone an amputation can do to improve their life expectancy and quality of life. These include:
If you or a family member has suffered an amputation due to substandard medical care, you may be eligible to make an amputation claim. Blackwater Law is a leading firm with specialist clinical negligence and personal injury solicitors and a proven track record of success in helping people obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
To find out more about your eligibility for an amputation compensation claim, please contact Blackwater Law today.