Small amputations, such as finger or toe amputations, can have a long-lasting impact on someone’s life in ways many may not have considered.

Focusing on home life, work and health, this guide provides an overview of some of the things to consider if you or someone you know has had a small amputation and how you can get support in claiming for small amputations.

Small amputations and work

Small or partial amputations can have a significant impact on workers.

Although it’s not as common, fingertip amputation and partial finger amputation can come from many types of industries but is typically more common in the construction and labour sectors. This is because these types of workers can expect to use machines such as drills, saws, nail guns etc. daily, which, if faulty or used incorrectly, can cause serious injury.

If your small amputation has caused you to leave a previous role, it could also affect future employment. For example, if you’ve had any of your fingers removed, it could affect the strength and flexibility of the other fingers and you may not be able to type or write as quickly, or even hold a pen at all. This could cause problems when working in an office or for any role that requires dexterity.

If you’ve had a toe amputation it could affect your balance, which could mean jobs in retail or jobs where you’re standing for a prolonged period of time may be unsuitable.

People with small amputations may become hyper-sensitive and feel the cold more. If you experience hypersensitivity and cold intolerance, you will need to consider if your job will require time spent outside or in cold areas such as fridges or freezers for catering jobs.

An image of an amputated finger working with wood and saws

Small amputations and home life

Small amputations, caused by trauma or surgery, can come with other side effects that you may not have considered.

An amputation can affect someone’s ability to take part in hobbies and social events, and as a result, many amputees start to isolate themselves. Spending less quality time with friends and loved ones, and socialising less due to an amputation, can lead to outbursts of anger.

Fatigue is also often problematic for people with amputations, whether it’s from medication or the added effort needed to compensate for the missing appendage; this can be extremely frustrating.

Amputations are understandably very distressing, not only due to the cause, but because of the changes and adaptations people need to make as well. Some health professionals have described it as being similar to the grieving process, especially in terms of denial, isolation and depression.

If you or a loved one has had a small amputation, having support from a variety of health professionals, including mental health support as well as support for physical needs and rehabilitation, is of the utmost importance.

Small amputations and health

Many small amputations are needed because of existing health conditions, such as gangrene or diabetes, but as with any surgery, amputations come with risks of complications. These can include deep vein thrombosis, infection of the area amputated, ‘phantom limb’ pain and more.

Larger surface areas will be more prone to infections as there is more skin that can break and reopen wounds, but small amputations also carry a risk of infection. In some cases, infections following a small amputation can result in the need for further surgery to remove more of the extremity or even the remaining limb.

Claiming for small amputations

Your small amputation may have been needed for a variety of reasons, but if the amputation wasn’t your fault then you may be eligible to claim.

Whether your amputation was caused by a surgical error or misdiagnosis, or whether it was as a result of an accident at work, we can offer you the support you need to guide you through your claim.

Whatever your compensation might be, and whether you’re pursuing toe amputation compensation or partial finger amputation compensation, your damages could offer the financial security you and your family need to cover loss of income or adaptations needed around the home. Compensation for a small amputation can also help fund any training or education requirements if you need to change your field of work.

If you have had a small amputation and think you might be eligible to claim, please get in touch with our expert solicitors today by calling 0800 0 224 224 or completing a start a claim form.