Bone-Chilling: The Alarming Rate of Amputations in the U.K.

Posted on Sep 22 2015 - 12:00am by Admin

SurgeryEveryone deserves to have all of their limbs. It is a biological part of a person, designed to perform specific actions. This is also why people have a soft spot for infants born short of a hand, leg or even something as small as a finger. They are going to work through life shy of one extremity, making life harder.

People would think that such a vicious bodily separation will only happen through ‘freak’ incidents, and they would be right. But the alarming part is how often it happens, especially in the United Kingdom. Some cases are the result of a major accident, but there are also cases where the amputation was not necessary, therefore, leading patients to claim compensation for medical negligence.

To lose a limb so suddenly, there may be no way of making up for it.

No One to Turn To

It is simple to deal with colds, fevers and coughing. A short trip to the chemist will give a person all the light medication he or she needs to alleviate the infection. They may be able to deal with a more serious illness such as asthma or liver disorders, but not an amputation. Nothing is so hopeless when a person is one limb short and has no one to turn to.

They should know that solicitors could help in finding assistance or in this case, justice. No one would knowingly put himself or herself in a situation where their bodies would be in jeopardy. Therefore, only the negligent individual is answerable as he or she caused the accident. Even without legal coercion, they should recognise their actions and help make it right.

UK Amputation Cases

It is disheartening, but few of the frequent causes of amputations in the United Kingdom are avulsion and severe burns. Alongside blast and crush injuries, these five make up more than half of the amputations in the Isles.

Many cases also result from lack of medical attention. Most of them have diabetes, and are 15 times more likely to lose a limb than the general population.

Whatever the cause, life will never be the same for the patients. Some may afford prosthetic limbs, but for those without the means to do so, they will have to adapt and try to regain a normal life.