Limb loss compensation claims
If you have suffered the surgical or traumatic loss of a limb and believe that another party was at fault, you could be entitled to serious injury compensation. With one quick call to an expert legal advisor at Stephensons you could find out if you are entitled make an amputation claim.
It all starts with a simple conversation and some free no obligation legal advice, so if you have suffered injury resulting in an amputation, call Stephensons on 0203 816 0065 and find out if you are entitled to make a no win no fee claim.
What is an amputation?
An amputation is the surgical or traumatic removal of a body part, such as an arm, a leg, a hand, a finger or a toe. Whilst these are the most common amputations suffered, other amputations can take place such as a badly damaged eye. An amputation can be 'minor', where a small body part is removed such as a finger or toe, or 'major' where a bigger body part is removed, such as an arm or leg.
Types of amputation
In the UK, the majority of amputations are performed on the lower limbs; there are numerous types and categories of amputations, including:
- Transtibial amputation – where the lower part of the leg beneath the knee is amputated
- Knee disarticulation – where the amputation is carried out through the middle of the knee
- Transfemoral amputation – where the leg is removed from above the knee, usually around the middle of the thigh bone
- Double lower amputation – where both legs are amputated
- Hip disarticulation – where the entire leg is removed, with the amputation taking place through the hip joint
- Lower digit amputation – where a toe is amputated
- Transmetatarsal amputation – where the toes and forefoot are both amputated
In the UK, most upper limb amputations take place due to a severe injury involving the hand or arm. The main categories of upper limb amputations include:
- Digit amputation – where a finger or thumb is amputated
- Transhumeral amputation – where the hand and part of the arm are amputated from above the elbow
- Transradial amputation – where the hand and part of the arm are amputated from below the elbow
- Wrist disarticulation – where the hand is removed by performing the amputation through the wrist joint
- Elbow disarticulation – where the hand, wrist and forearm are removed by performing the amputation through the elbow joint
Surgical amputations are required as a last resort if an injured limb or body part cannot be saved following an accident or an infection. If this accident or disease was caused by the negligence of another party, the victim could be entitled to compensation. A surgical amputation could also be the result of clinical negligence in which case medical negligence compensation could be sought.
Traumatic amputations are the loss of a body part that occur as the result of an accident or injury. From road traffic accidents to accidents at work, including those involving dangerous heavy machinery, traumatic amputations can have long lasting mental effects in addition to the obvious physical symptoms and personal injury compensation is intended to recognise this.