Amputation injury compensation claims

The loss of a limb through amputation following an accident can be distressing and have life altering implications for the victim of an accident and their families. Our experienced and highly skilled amputation injury solicitors have helped thousands of clients across the UK to claim the compensation they deserve for a catastrophic injury. We know how to tackle proceedings with sensitivity and understanding, whilst keeping our clients’ rehabilitation needs at the forefront of our minds as well as the legal proceedings. By consulting medical experts and other professionals, we can ensure an appropriate level of compensation for all life altering injuries and ensure that our clients receive the compensation they require to secure the treatment, rehabilitation, care, equipment and accommodation that they need into the future.  

For free initial advice and to discuss your potential personal injury claim call us on 0203 816 0065. Alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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Post-amputation rehabilitation

If you have undergone an amputation, whether as a direct result of an accident or if an amputation has become necessary in the course of your medical treatment, we can assist you in securing the rehabilitation that you need to regain your quality of life. We work with rehabilitation, occupational therapy and prosthetics experts who can help you to adapt your lifestyle and potentially replace your lost limb with a prosthetic limb. Our experts have access to the most revolutionary and advanced prosthetics and treatments.

Following an amputation, you may find that you experience unexpected symptoms, such as phantom limb pain and infections, as well as difficulties with your mobility and daily activities. We can put you into contact with a rehabilitation case manager who can help you to arrange adaptations to your property, obtain specialist equipment, arrange care and assistance for you, assist you in returning to a job that you enjoy and help you to access psychological therapy, physiotherapy and prosthetics services.

We work closely with the Limbless Association who may also be able to provide support to you following your amputation, including introducing you to other amputees who can share their experiences with you. We are proud to support this charity who work tirelessly to support amputees and ensure that they do not have to cope alone with such a life-changing injury. We also have links with the Disabled Motoring charity, who may be able to assist you in returning to driving following your amputation, which can be a huge step in regaining some independence.

How can we help?

We are specialists in dealing with serious injury claims and have a great deal of experience in assisting clients with amputation claims. We recognise that every case is different and will work out what is best for you in terms of your case and your rehabilitation, based on the particular circumstances of your case.

Initially, we will try to secure an admission of liability from the person or company responsible for your accident. If we are able to do this, we should also be able to secure funds from them to commence your rehabilitation at a very early stage. Even if liability for your accident is disputed by those responsible, if we believe that you have good prospects of establishing fault on their part at court, we will proceed to obtain the necessary medical evidence regardless of their position.

Once the necessary evidence has been obtained, which can take some considerable time in a case involving an amputation as there are likely to be numerous reports required, we will begin assessing the value of your claim and try to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Court proceedings can be commenced if the opponent refuses to settle the case but most cases can be settled without the need to proceed all the way to a trial.

Whilst your case is ongoing, we can assist you with trying to secure interim payments to assist you financially whilst you are out of work and can also assist you with other matters such as securing the benefits that you may be entitled to. We have other departments who may be able to assist you, such as our employment team if you face any issues with your employer or our probate team, who can assist you in setting up a trust to ensure that you can continue to receive your benefits even after you have received your compensation.

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How will your amputation injury claim be funded?

You may have legal expense insurance cover on one of your existing insurance policies which will cover your claim and ensure that you receive 100% compensation. You should always check your insurance policies for this before considering any other funding arrangements, as legal expense insurance can be very beneficial to you and can give you peace of mind that your costs are covered.

If you do not have any insurance cover, please do not worry as we will usually be able to offer a no win no fee agreement to you. This type of agreement allows you to pursue your claim without paying any legal fees upfront. It also ensures that, if your case is unsuccessful, you will not be responsible for any legal fees. As long as you cooperate with us fully throughout the case and comply with our terms, there will be no costs risk to you.

If your case is successful, there will usually be a success fee deducted from your compensation, but this will be discussed with you in full at the start of your case and a percentage will be agreed. We will never deduct more than 25% of your compensation for our success fee and will never deduct anything from your future losses (i.e. future care, future loss of earnings and future treatment costs) for our success fee.

How much compensation will you receive?

Compensation levels vary in every amputation case but are often substantial. We will, firstly, claim a sum for the injury itself which, for an amputated limb, is likely to exceed £75,000. We can then also claim for your financial losses resulting from the accident, including loss of earnings, treatment costs, cost of care received and adaptations made to your home, and any other miscellaneous expenses you have incurred. We can also include provision in the claim for the purchase of prosthetic limbs and suitable replacements for these over the years.

We will ensure that future losses are included, such as future loss of earnings, pension loss and future care. We will also take account of any future risk of deterioration and, if appropriate, seek an award for provisional damages which allows you to re-open your case in the future if a medical risk (such as the risk of a further amputation of another limb) materialises.

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Amputation accident 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

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

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.

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