Amputation and Loss Of Limb Compensation Claims
By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 28th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on claiming amputation compensation for an amputation injury. On this page, you will find a full guide to the legal process of making a compensation claim for an amputation injury. Within it, you will find a full description of the steps your personal injury lawyer will take on your behalf while making a claim. As long as you are making your amputation injury compensation claim within the personal injury claims time limit of three years, this guide will be of use to you.
However, if you prefer to be told about the process of making an amputation claim rather than reading about amputation compensation, just call us on 0800 073 8801 today, and we will be happy to talk you through the process of beginning an amputation compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Amputation Injury
- What Are Amputation Injuries?
- Injuries Leading To Surgical Amputation
- What Should You Do If An Accident Causes You An Amputation Injury
- Amputation Caused By Medical Negligence
- Workplace Amputation Injuries
- Public Place Amputation Accidents And Injuries
- How To Start An Amputation Compensation Claim
- What Does Amputation Compensation Include?
- Amputation Compensation Settlement Amounts – Updated July 2021
- No Win No Fee Claims For An Amputation Injury
- Why Make Your Claim With Our Specialist Teams
- Contact Our Specialist Team To Start Your Claims
- Useful Links
A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Amputation Injury
This guide to claiming compensation for an amputation aims to cover the legal process and everything you need to know about embarking upon it, from how amputation injuries happen, through claiming for an accident at work and how much you might receive in amputation compensation. Instead of an automated personal injury claims calculator, we have provided a list of actual compensation payments in a table. On this page, you will find:
- A description of what amputation injuries are and how they can vary in severity which will affect the amount of amputation compensation you can claim.
- A list of the most common injuries and accidents that can lead to a limb being amputated.
- Information on what you should do if you suffer an accident or illness that results in the amputation of a limb.
- An overview of how medical negligence can lead to an amputation injury and your eligibility to make a claim in this case.
- Information on amputation injuries that are caused by an accident in the workplace that was the responsibly of your employer.
- Information on making a compensation claim for amputation injuries caused by an accident in a public place.
- The steps you need to take to start a compensation claim for an accident or illness that has resulted in an amputation injury.
- A list of all the most common types of damages that a compensation settlement for an amputation injury caused by an accident or illness caused by a third party.
- A table that details typical compensation amounts you might receive for a full range of different types of amputation injuries.
- An introduction to the national claims service Accident Claims UK makes available to people all across the UK as the best way to claim for an amputation. You will also find an overview of the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) we use as the underlying fee structure of our claims service.
This guide should have all of the information you need to learn about amputation injury claims and amputation compensation. However, if you do have additional questions, you can call us on the phone number at the bottom of this page, and we can answer them for you.
What Are Amputation Injuries?
Welcome to our guide on claiming compensation for an amputation.
Amputation injuries are not always caused by accidents. Sometimes, they’re required because of complications surrounding illnesses like diabetes. From 2015 to 2018, there were 7,545 major lower-limb amputations performed on people with diabetes, compared to 6,957 between 2012 and 2015.
Part of the answer to the question, “how much compensation for a leg amputation?” will depend on how the amputation injury occurred. Furthermore, a loss of limb settlement is driven by the severity of the injury.
Some amputation, such as loss of fingers, are less severe and will attract less amputation compensation. Others, such as the amputation of one or more big toe, seem less severe but are actually quite serious, as the big toe is critical in keeping balance. The most serious of all, such as the amputation of both legs, would leave the victim with a very serious disability permanently, and the amputation compensation paid would be the highest of all.
Injuries Leading to Surgical Amputation
Before we look at claiming compensation for an amputation, let’s look at what these injuries may look like.
The amount of limb loss and amputation compensation you receive will depend on the severity of the injury. For example, a toe amputation settlement would be lower than an arm amputation settlement. It also depends on how the amputation was caused. There are several ways that a limb is amputated, including:
- Your limb became badly infected with no chance of the infection healing.
- Your limb has become gangrenous and needs to be amputated to stop the gangrene from
- Your limb received a significant level of trauma, such as being crushed in a road traffic accident.
- Your limb has become deformed, and it is affecting your mobility.
What Should You Do If an Accident Causes You an Amputation Injury
When claiming compensation for an amputation, there are a number of things you can do prior to making your claim that will give you the best chance of success. These include:
- Take photographic or record video – of the scene of the accident and also its cause. For example, if you were in a road traffic accident, take photographs of the vehicles involved with your hone.
- Get medical attention – you must have proper medical attention so that the reason and the severity of your injury are recorded.
- Make sure the police are called – if the accident happens in a public place and involves multiple victims.
- Gather names and addresses – of any witnesses so that you can contact them later to give testimony if needed.
Amputation Caused by Medical Negligence
You could also claim compensation for an amputation for medical negligence.
Every medical professional has a duty of care towards their patients, meaning they should never do anything to cause harm to the patient. When the medical professional fails in this duty of care, then clinical negligence will be deemed to have occurred. If this results in the loss of a limb, you would be able to make medical negligence amputation compensation claims.
Workplace Amputation Injuries
You could also claim compensation for an amputation for workplace accidents.
Making amputation claims for accidents that happen at work often depend on proving that the employer is liable. Every company in the UK is legally required to make sure that the environment their staff work in is safe and healthy.
Multiple levels of legislation are in place to protect employees, including Health & Safety regulations and individual acts such as the Occupiers Liability Act. If your employer fails to comply with all legislation, and this leads to an accident causing an amputation injury to a member of staff, then there will exist a valid reason to make an amputation compensation claim.
Do you believe that you have a valid reason to make an amputation injury claim that was caused by a workplace accident? If so, please call us at the number towards the end of this guide to find out how to begin your claim today.
Public Place Amputation Accidents and Injuries
You could also claim compensation for an amputation as a result of public place accidents.
If you are involved in an accident in a public place that leads to an amputation injury, you should be able to make a personal injury claim if the accident was not your fault.
Publicly accessible buildings and locations such as restaurants, supermarkets, churches, libraries, public car parks and any other place that is open to the public is required to maintain strict safety standards. If they don’t, then you will have a valid reason to make a compensation claim for an amputation injury caused by their negligence.
How to Start an Amputation Compensation Claim
Are you wondering how to start compensation for an amputation claims?
Starting a personal injury claim for an amputation injury caused by an illness or accident that was the responsibility of a third party is quite straightforward. Accident Claims UK has developed a simple client onboarding process that is designed to make starting your claim as easy as possible. Our onboarding process works like this:
- Call us on the telephone number down at the end of this page.
- We will ask you a number of questions so that we can learn more about your injury, how it was caused, and who might be liable to claim compensation.
- We will make a recommendation on what we believe your best course of action is, and in most cases, this will be to use the Accident Claims UK claims service.
- We will connect you with one of our personal injury solicitors, who will make the compensation claim on your behalf.
- If your claim is successful, you receive a compensation payment and then pay our fees.
The questions we ask you when you initially call us are designed to help us learn more about your compensation for an amputation claim and could include:
- When and where did the accident take place that caused the amputation injury?
- Who do you believe is at fault, who caused the accident?
- Were you at work when you had the accident?
- Did your accident happen in a public place such as a library, restaurant or retail shop?
- What is the long-term prognosis for recovery from your injuries?
- Have you had to miss work and lose earnings because of your injury?
- Have you had to pay any out of pocket expenses due to your injury?
Once we have asked these kinds of questions, we will be in a much better position to advise you. Call us on the number at the bottom of this page if you are ready to answer some questions and then proceed with your amputation injury claim today.
What Does Amputation Compensation include?
When you receive a loss of limb settlement after making a successful compensation for an amputation claim regarding an illness or accident that was caused by a third-party, the payment you receive will be made up by a number of different types of damages. These damages fall under the two main categories of special damages and general damages, thus:
- Special damages – all of the factors that contributed to your final settlement that were non-physical in nature (financial losses):
- Long-term loss of prospects – if your amputation injury has left you with a serious negative effect upon your ability to earn an income in the future.
- Loss of historical income – if your amputation injury forced you to take a long time away from work, and you lost out financially due to the lost wages. Loss of earnings could represent significant financial losses, and represent significant amounts of compensation.
- The cost of in-home care – if you had to hire in-home help to assist with day to day chores, or you had to hire a private nurse to help take care of you during your recovery or longer.
- Medical fees – if you have had to pay for any medical treatment or services out of your own pocket to have your amputation injury take care of.
- Travel costs – if you have had to travel to visit a doctor to have your amputation injury treated, and during your rehabilitation. Additionally, if you have to travel due to the compensation claim itself, such as visiting your solicitor or attending court, you can claim these costs back as well.
- General damages – all of the factors that contributed to your final settlement that were physical in nature:
- Permanent disability – if your amputation injury has left you with either a long-term or permanent disability, which will have a serious negative effect on the quality of your life.
- Long-term recuperation – if the prognosis for your recovery is that it will take a long time, and it will be painful and traumatic until complete.
- Psychological injury – if your amputation injury has caused you to develop new or has made existing mental conditions worse, such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and the development of completely new phobias.
- Mental trauma – of the initial injury and the accident that was the cause of it.
- Pain and suffering – of the initial injury, the accident that caused it, and the initial emergency treatment you received.
For a much more accurate estimate of the types of damages you might be able to claim for an amputation injury caused by an accident or illness that was not your fault, call Accident Claims UK now on the number at the end of this amputation compensation page, and we can tell you.
Amputation Compensation Settlement Amounts – Updated July 2021
The table below shows how much compensation for an amputation you could claim, covering almost all types of amputation injuries. This data is based on actual historical information based on real-world examples of similar claims cases and laid out in the Judicial Guidelines for compensation amounts that will be followed should your claim go to court.
|Finger||Amputation||Complete and total amputation of a finger, or multiple fingers.||£8,110 to £85,170|
|Thumb||Amputation (one)||Complete and total amputation of one thumb.||£33,330 to £51,460|
|Hand||Amputation (one)||Complete and total amputation of one hand.||£90,250 to £102,890|
|Hand||Amputation (both)||Complete and total amputation of both hands.||£132,040 to £189,110|
|Arm||Amputation below elbow||Complete and total amputation of an arm below the elbow.||£90,250 to £102,890|
|Arm||Amputation above elbow||Complete and total amputation an arm above the elbow.||£102,890 to £128,710|
|Arm||Amputation (one)||Complete and total amputation of one arm.||Not less than £120,275|
|Arm||Amputation (two)||Complete and total amputation of both arms.||£225,960 to £281,520|
|Toe||Amputation||Complete and total amputation of one or multiple toes.||£12,900 to £52,620|
|Big toe||Amputation (one)||Complete and total amputation of one big toe.||In the region of £29,380|
|Big toe||Amputation (both)||Complete and total amputation of both big toes.||£32,025 to £49,185|
|Foot||Amputation (one)||Complete and total amputation of one foot.||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Foot||Amputation (both)||Complete and total amputation of both feet.||£158,970 to £189,110|
|Leg||Amputation below knee||Complete and total amputation of one leg below the knee.||£91,950 to £124,800|
|Leg||Amputation above knee||Complete and total amputation of one leg above the knee.||£98,380 to £129,010|
|Leg||Amputation (both)||Complete and total amputation of both legs.||£189,110 to £264,650|
To receive a far more accurate estimate of the amount of amputation compensation you might receive for an amputation injury that was caused by an accident that was the responsibility of a third party, call us on the telephone number at the end of this page to find out.
No Win No Fee Claims for An Amputation Injury
Accident Claims UK operates a national No Win No Fee claims service that is available to every resident of the UK. At the heart of this claims service is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that lays out the fee structure thus:
- There is no cost to begin a new claim unlike some law firms.
- There is no cost whilst pursuing a settlement, no matter how long it takes.
- There is no cost if we do not successfully claim a compensation payment for you.
- Our legal fees will be payable one you do receive a pay-out for amputation injury compensation.
As you can see, this agreement provides UK residents suffering an amputation injury in a non-fault accident with an entirely financially risk-free way to claim compensation for an amputation. Call Accident Claims UK on the telephone number below if you would like more information about the claims service we operate.
Why Make Your Claim With Our Specialist Teams
Accident Claims UK operates a team of legal experts that have a proven track record of securing settlements across a wide range of complex claims cases from everything from a road traffic accident to criminal injury claims. We leverage this expertise to make sure you have the best chance possible of winning your compensation for an amputation claim, and of receiving the highest level of amputation compensation possible.
One of our team will always be on hand to answer any queries you may have about your active claim and also to give you regular updates on the status of your claim.
If you would like to know more about the service we offer here at Accident Claims UK, then call us on the number below, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Compensation for an Amputation FAQs
How long do I have to claim?
Personal injury claims have 3-year time limits, beginning from the date of your accident or the date you realised you were impacted by it.
Can I claim on behalf of someone else?
Yes, this is called acting as a litigation friend. For example, you may want to claim on behalf of your child as they’re unable to make legal proceedings until their 18th birthday.
How long after a leg amputation can you get a prosthetic?
The length of time it takes before you’re fitted with a prosthetic limb can vary depending on a number of factors. For some people, a prosthetic limb isn’t feasible to have at all, as using them requires a lot of energy to make up for the lack of muscle and bone in the affected limb.
Usually, if your doctors think that a prosthesis will be suitable for you, then you’ll start the preparation process while still in the hospital. This will include desensitization of the skin on your stump to make the prosthetic leg more comfortable to wear and exercised to improve your energy levels. However, it can take several months for you to see a prosthetist depending on the availability in your area.
How much compensation do you get for leg amputation?
It’s really difficult to put a value on a leg amputation without knowing more about your personal circumstances. This is because amputation compensation payouts vary between case to case. To speak with someone today about what your claim could be worth, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
How is compensation calculated?
Many things will affect the compensation you receive for a leg amputation, including whether the leg was amputated above or below the knee. Your compensation amount will also include special damages, which will cover any out-of-pocket expenses you’ve incurred because of your injuries. This includes things like any physiotherapy you’ve had to pay for or any changes you’ve had to make to your home to accommodate your disability. Simply, the more damage you incurred, the more compensation you may get.
Can I claim for stress?
Yes, this is possible under general damages, which compensates both physical and psychological damage.
Do I need a lawyer?
Not by law, no. However, having a lawyer handle your claim can increase your chances of receiving the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Could I claim amputation compensation from the MOD?
If you are a member of service personnel and you work for the MOD, it could be possible for you to claim amputation compensation from them if you were injured at work in an accident that wasn’t your fault. We could help you claim compensation from the MOD for a number of different types of injury, including amputations.
How many claims are made against the MOD?
According to the government’s statistics, there were 5,192 new claims made against the MOD in 2019/20. You might be interested to learn that some of these were under public liability, although the majority (3,097) were under Employer’s liability. The below table shows the reasons for such claims can be found below, although they do not give much detail as to the injuries included within the claim. You might also be interested to know that there were 46 clinical negligence claims made against the MOD in 2019/20.
What sort of psychological injuries could I claim for in an amputation compensation claim?
Many people could suffer psychological damage from an accident in where they received an amputation, whether it was traumatic or surgically necessary. You could experience depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. If your accident was very traumatic, you might have feared for your life. You could be eligible to claim for mental trauma as the result of an accident that caused you to lose one limb or more. If you’re not sure whether you could claim for psychological injuries, or would like to learn more about doing so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
How can I contact Accident Claims?
You can find out more by taking a look through our contact section below.
Are you ready to begin a compensation claim for an amputation injury that was caused by a third-party?
If you are, call us on 0800 073 8801 now, and once we have asked you a few questions, we will offer you some free legal advice on what we think you should do next.
At the link we have given below, you will find full details about amputation injuries that have been published by the NHS:
At the link we have given below, you will find details about the Occupiers Liability Act published by the UK Government:
At the link below you can visit the webpage for the Limbless Association, who provide support to amputees:
At the link we have given below, you will find a full guide to making compensation claims for accidents at work:
At the link we have given below, you will find a guide for making compensation claims for medical negligence:
Below, you can find information around making a claim following a misdiagnosis:
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