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Amputation and loss of limb compensation claims

Expert claims solicitors helping you adjust to life after limb loss

Our specialist solicitors are leaders in their fields, with decades of experience claiming compensation for clients who have lost limbs as a result of an injury or medical negligence.

Our dedicated personal injury solicitors have significant expertise in acting for clients involved in road traffic and motorcycle accidents, as well as heavy industry and agricultural accidents. Our medical negligence solicitors have considerable experience representing those who have undergone or need amputation as a result of negligent medical treatment.

Through our extensive experience, we have developed relationships with leading barristers and experts in the field, including surgeons, psychiatrists, architects, employment consultants and rehabilitation and prosthetic limb specialists. This means we can quickly assemble a team of experts to fully investigate the consequences of your injury on your life and maximise the value of compensation due to you.

Speak to an amputation claims solicitor today

If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation someone else was at least partly to blame for, call 0800 316 8892 or get in touch online to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our expert solicitors.

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Amputation FAQs

Can you make a claim for amputation compensation?

There’s no question that having a limb or finger amputated is life-changing. However, with constant advances in science, it’s often possible to return to a fully independent life and a successful amputation compensation claim can help make this happen.

You could be entitled to make a claim if you’ve lost a limb as a result of:

If you’re entitled to amputation compensation, we will liaise with third party insurers and seek to arrange for an independent immediate-needs assessment as soon as possible. Where we can, we will ensure any adaptations are made swiftly so you can quickly return to independently managing your life.

We’ll also seek to obtain interim payments at an early stage to help alleviate any immediate financial strain so you can concentrate on your recuperation and rehabilitation.

Types of amputation compensation claims

Here are some of the different types of claims that could be included in your overall compensation claim:

  • Pain and suffering and loss of amenity – often referred to as general damages.
  • Prosthetic costs – including everyday prosthetic limbs and specific sports/hobby prosthetic limbs, plus fitting and maintenance costs.
  • Lifelong cost of aids and equipment – to maximise your independence and quality of life. We will arrange for an occupational therapist to assess your needs and include the lifelong costs in your claim.
  • Medical treatment – if you require specific medical treatment, it’s often possible to recover the costs of having it done privately, if safe and appropriate to do so, so waiting lists can be avoided.
  • Care and assistance – for help with day-to-day tasks that you would otherwise have done.
  • Rehabilitation and occupational therapy
  • Cost of moving or adapting your home
  • Past and future loss of earnings and loss of pension
  • Future risk of amputation – known as provisional damages, this can apply to a non-amputated but injured limb in the case of infection or deterioration, or an amputated limb where complications arise.
  • Phantom pain – if you suffer phantom pain, we understand the treatments that may assist in improving the condition and will ensure this is taken into account when considering the right level of compensation.

Reasons to choose Clarke Willmott for your limb loss claim

  • Winning record – excellent track record of winning compensation claims, some worth several million pounds.
  • Recognised injury and amputation legal experts – accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), independent bodies who rigorously assess us to ensure we provide quality and value for money.
  • Limb loss experts – not only are we experts in the law, we’re also well informed about the causes and consequences of limb loss. Our team regularly attend specialist amputation rehabilitation courses.
  • Prosthesis advice and support – we ensure you get the best advice as to the most suitable prosthetics for your needs, help you choose a supplier and ensure all the costs are paid by the third-party insurer.
  • Help to fund your claim – we can help you explore your funding options, including ‘no win no fee’.
  • Partner-led service – where many firms may use unqualified case handlers, at Clarke Willmott your claim will be overseen by a partner who is also one of our most senior lawyers, to ensure you receive the best possible service and advice.
  • Support step-by-step – we understand that questionnaires and form filling can be confusing and time-consuming. That’s why we offer face-to-face meetings to talk you through the paperwork and help you complete it.
  • Legal advice beyond your claim – as a full-service law firm, we have a team of experienced solicitors who can give you expert legal advice beyond your claim, including how to invest compensation and Court of Protection deputyships if appropriate.

Contact our amputation claims solicitors

Get in touch online or call 0800 316 8892 to arrange a free no-obligation consultation with a specialist amputation solicitor, who will help you understand whether your claim is likely to have a positive outcome for you.

We represent clients nationwide from our offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, ManchesterSouthampton and Taunton and can meet wherever convenient to you, including at your home or even in hospital.

Phil Edwards is very approachable. He shows great empathy for clients and their families which makes them feel at ease in what can be a stressful and alien situation for them. He is very supportive of me and my thoughts on a client’s rehabilitation.’

Your amputation and loss of limb compensation questions answered

How much compensation will I get?

In terms of thinking about how much compensation you will get, it’s important to note that every case is different. In our jurisdiction, we have a system that’s what we call a compensatory system. The object of bringing the claim is to put you back in the same position you would have been in, as best money can, as if you’ve never had the accident. So it’s impossible to say for any given case at the outset how much money people will get.

What we will do is we will look at all sorts of things that make up the value of the claim. So if you’ve been unable to work and had a loss of earnings, we’ll calculate that. We’ll make sure that we’re getting good advice from experts as to the cost of all the equipment, prosthetics, wheelchairs and everything else that you might need. We’ll also be able to include things like the claim for costs for care and assistance, for things that you can no longer mange yourself. But as I say, every case is individually assessed, and we will look at your case on an individual basis.

Why should I use Clarke Willmott?

When deciding what lawyer you want to instruct and if you’re considering instructing Clarke Willmott it’s important to know about us, that we are truly specialists in what we do. Our team only handles cases involving serious injury, and that’s what we’ve done for a number of years. It’s also the case that as individual lawyers, we have areas of our own specialisation. And for example, I have worked in the field of amputation for a long time. I am very familiar with all the different types of injury.

The other important thing is that what we want to do is to make a difference to to the client. The main focus we have will be on rehabilitation. It will be on accessing services, accessing treatment. The object will be to make sure that our client get the best possible medical outcome as well as the best possible legal outcome

If I have a claim, how long will it take?

One thing that concerns people who are bringing a claim is how long it’s all going to take? When are they going to get their compensation.  And there is really two things to say about that. The first is this: If we can establish liability on your behalf, we can prove that someone else is at least partly to blame for your injuries, we can usually get interim payments on account of damages quite quickly so we can start to help you with financial concerns or to fund the things that you need at the earliest part of your case.

In terms of how long the whole claim will take, that is actually very dependant upon the medical position and how well you are going to recover from your injuries and when we’re going to know how well you’ve recovered from your injuries. Everybody’s injury is different. Some people can reach a final position within a matter of a few months or a year or so, other people require much more lengthy rehabilitation, perhaps a number of other medical procedures. And this is important because we will only want to try to settle your claim when we can reasonably predict the future. And in doing so, that makes sure that we get the right level of compensation for you.

Would this be a no win, no fee type of claim?

One of the big things that concerns people when thinking about contacting a lawyer is how much is it going to cost them. And what we can do, is we can reassure you on that at the very start because we will be looking for the best solution for you. That can include working with you to see if you’ve already got any existing insurance cover that will cover your legal costs.

The alternative and most common way that we proceed with cases is on a no win, no fee basis. Which means that  there is little or no risk to the client. They are regulated by our regulator and so you can guarantee that it will be a proper product, you’ll be given full advice at the outset so that you can decide whether you want to proceed, but financially there should be very little risk, in fact no risk to you.

Start your amputation claim today

For legal advice on getting your amputation compensation claim started, call 0800 316 8892 or get in touch online to speak to one of our specialist limb loss solicitors.

Your key contacts

Marguarita Tyne

Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Marguarita Tyne is a claimant clinical negligence solicitor who investigates and brings claims on behalf of patients who have been injured during the course of their medical treatment, acting mainly (but not exclusively) for brain injury claimants in high value and often complex litigation.
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Kerry Fifield

Partner and Clinical Negligence Team Manager

Kerry’s primary focus is the needs of the client and their family when pursuing a claim, taking into account that each client is an individual with specific requirements who needs to be supported in addition to the legal investigation.
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Lee Hart

Personal Injury Team Manager

Lee works closely with severely injured people and their families, leading them through the claims process and ensuring they get the best treatment, rehabilitation and care so that they can get their lives back on track as quickly as possible.
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