By Mark Anderson. Last Updated 5th March 2021. Welcome to our guide about leg amputation claims. Whether you have suffered a traumatic amputation of your leg due to an accident at work or a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault or lost a leg due to medical negligence, you may be wondering whether you could claim compensation and how much you be awarded if you lose a limb at work, on the road, or in a medical establishment.
Losing a leg could cost you more than just the limb itself. You may be unable to enjoy the same lifestyle that you did beforehand. If the leg amputation injury was someone else’s fault, then you may be able to be compensated for the pain and suffering you endured, any costs you incurred because of your injury, as well as any help/care you need in the future.
Accident Claims UK produced this guide to illustrate the different situations that could lead to you being able to make a personal injury claim for amputated leg compensation. The guide covers some of the causes of a leg amputation injury and how we could help you claim compensation for your pain, suffering and losses incurred. Call 0800 073 8801 if you have any questions or are ready to begin a claim.
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- A Guide To Claim Compensation For A Leg Amputation Injury
- What Is An Amputated Leg Injury?
- Types Of Medical Amputations
- Types Of Accidents Leading To Leg Amputation Injuries
- Workplace Leg Amputation Injury Claims
- Road Traffic Accident Leg Amputation Claims
- Slips And Falls Leading To A Leg Amputation Injury
- Military Accidents Causing The Traumatic Loss Of A Limb
- Medical Negligence Causing The Loss Of A Limb
- Living With The Loss Of A Limb
- What Steps Should You Take If You Suffer A Leg Amputation Injury?
- Leg Amputation Injury Claims Calculator
- Special Damages In Leg Amputation Injury Claims
- Compensation For Prosthesis
- No Win No Fee Leg Amputation Injury Claims
- How We Could Help You Claim Compensation For An Amputated Leg
- Claim Compensation For An Amputated Leg
- Essential Resources
The loss of a leg is a devastating, life-changing injury. Whether you suffered an accident that led to you losing a leg, either as a traumatic injury or via medical negligence, your life would never be the same again. If the reason you lost a leg was because someone else was at fault for an accident, such as an employer or a motorist, or because a medical professional was negligent in treating you as a patient, you may be able to make a leg amputation injury claim for compensation.
While it is understandable that no amount of compensation for a leg amputation would truly cover the trauma you faced, it could help you in the future, knowing that you may not have to cope with financial hardship too. This guide takes you through some of the situations that may lead to you being able to claim compensation for an amputated leg and provides guidance and support.
Leg amputations could happen in many different ways, which includes a medical condition or because of a traumatic injury caused by the following:
- A workplace accident
- A road traffic accident
- A slip, trip or fall
- Medical negligence
If someone else was at fault for your leg amputation injury, and you could prove this, they may be held liable. This may lead to you receiving compensation from leg amputation claims. You would need to prove that the responsible party had some duty of care towards you and failed in that duty, which led to you suffering a leg amputation. You would also need to file a case within the personal injury claims time limit which is typically three years from the accident date. Still, there could be some exceptions which is why it is vital to seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor as soon as you can.
Claiming compensation would never bring back the limb you lost, but it could help pay for the best prosthetics, other medical costs, losses of income and future wages. It could also highlight health and safety failings which could save someone else experiencing the same trauma you went through. According to RIDDOR, there were 562 reported non-fatal workplace injuries that led to an amputation in the UK during 2019/20.
There are various types of leg amputations which include the following:
- Hip disarticulations – where the pelvis is left whole, and the amputation is performed through the hip joint
- Short transfemoral – where less than 35% of the femur remains – which is an above the knee amputation
- Transfemoral – where 35-60% of the femur remains – which is an above the knee amputation
- Long transfemoral – Where there is more than 60% of the femur left – this is an above the knee amputation
- Knee disarticulation – the amputation is through the knee joint
- Short transtibial – 20-50% of the tibia remains – which is a below the knee amputation
- Long transtibial – Over 50% of the tibia remains – which is a below the knee amputation
Because there different types of amputation, so too are there various awards for amputation compensation settlements. These are provided further down in this guide.
As previously mentioned, you could suffer a leg amputation in different types of accidents which includes the following:
- Workplace accidents
- Road traffic accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Crush accidents
- Fairground accidents
- Medical negligence
If you were involved in a traumatic accident and you lost a leg, you may be able to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, loss of amenity and losses. A personal injury solicitor at Accident Claims UK could help you pursue leg amputation claims against a negligent third party. This is provided that you can show they could be held negligent.
If you had an accident at work that led to you losing your leg, either in a traumatic incident or because the injury you sustained was so severe your leg could not be saved, you might be wondering if you could make a workplace accident claim for a leg amputation injury. Your employer is required by law to take care of your safety and health while at work, and if they fail to do so and you are injured. As a result, they could be held liable for your injuries. There are various things your employer should do to ensure your work environment is safe by doing the following:
- To regularly risk assess your workplace and jobs you carry out
- Provide regular training on how to do your job safely
- Provide PPE where applicable and to ensure it is kept in good condition
- Provide equipment that is safe to use and which has been kept in good working order
- Keep your workplace free of hazards and where they cannot be removed, to clearly highlight the risks by erecting signs.
If an employer has been negligent in their duty of care towards you, you have suffered a leg amputation injury. As a result, you may be able to claim compensation from them for your pain, suffering, loss of amenity and costs you incurred as a direct result of the injury you suffered.
With heavy vehicles and high speeds leading to some road traffic accidents, there could be a risk of losing a leg in a road traffic accident if the injuries you’ve suffered were traumatic. Whether someone knocked you over as a pedestrian when they failed to stop at a crossing, or you suffered leg injuries in a head-on collision that was another driver’s fault, you may be able to claim compensation from the negligent third party. You could be entitled to claim if you were any of the following:
- Pedal cyclist
- Taxi driver
- Lorry driver
- Any other road user
Whether your leg was lost at the scene, or later on in the hospital, claiming compensation may go some way towards helping you move on after such a traumatic event.
While you might assume that falls trips and slips would not lead to such a serious injury as a leg amputation, it depends entirely on where you are when you slip or trip and how far you fall. For example, if you slipped into a piece of machinery, you may get caught in moving parts and suffer such serious crush injuries that your leg could not be saved.
If your leg amputation injury was the result of a slip or fall, and someone could be held liable for your injuries because they should have taken more care with health and safety, you could look into claiming compensation for the injury itself, as well as the costs you may have faced because of your injury.
Being injured in combat or while training could be devastating, especially if you suffer a loss of a limb. Making military compensation claims for an amputated leg injury might seem complex. There are certainly some aspects of making such a claim which can be complicated if you are not fully aware of your rights and the law.
This is why having a personal injury solicitor with experience in making leg amputation claims could be beneficial. Not only could the solicitor put together a strong case for compensation for your leg amputation injury, but they may also help if you have suffered mental harm during combat or because of your injury, such as PTSD.
Unfortunately, as much as we should rely on medical professionals to diagnose and treat us correctly, sometimes things go wrong. If medical negligence has resulted in the loss of your leg, you may be able to claim compensation. Whether it was a private practice or an NHS practice that led to you suffering an amputation, we could help you begin a claim for compensation if you are eligible to do so.
Some reasons medical negligence could lead to amputation may include:
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Missed diagnosis
- Surgical error
- Lack of care and attention to wound care while in hospital
For free advice on whether you could have a valid claim for compensation for negligence in a medical setting, please do not hesitate to call us.
Immediately after the loss of a limb you may experience certain events, which could include the following:
- Swelling and pain – compression garments could help with recovery but it is important to practice good wound care, which, if appropriate, would help increase the chance of using a prosthesis possible
- Rehabilitation and adjustment – you would be advised on how to care for the site of the amputation and how to exercise your other leg. Balance and mobility would need to be worked on during initial recovery and when a prosthesis is fitted.
- Mental anguish – you may suffer emotional trauma from your amputation. While initially, you may feel the future is bleak, there are support groups and counselling services to help you cope.
Some complications could occur as part of a leg amputation injury which may include the following:
- Phantom pain – originally suspected to be a psychological condition. This pain is actually caused by the spinal cord and brain. It could lead to you feeling pain where the amputated limb once was. Living with phantom pain can often be challenging, and you may need a range of therapies to help you deal with this.
- Heart problems
- Blood clots
- Mobility issues
- Infections at the site of amputation
- Muscle weakness
Whatever complications arise from your initial injury, they could make a difference to your compensation award. Please do call us and we’ll talk to you in further detail about leg amputation claims.
Whether you suffered the loss of a limb because of trauma or via medical negligence, there are certain steps you may wish to take, especially if you are looking into making a leg amputation injury claim. The evidence you would need to gather would include the following:
- Witness details – if anyone witnessed an accident that led to your leg amputation, gathering their details and witness details would help strengthen a claim
- Photographs – whether it is photographs of the scene or photographs of your injuries, both could serve as evidence when filing a leg amputation injury claim
- Your notes – writing down everything you remember as soon as you can after it happened, could help keep everything clear in your mind as you progress through a claim
Another step that you could take would be to get free advice and guidance from Accident Claims UK. We could give you information on how much compensation you could get for a leg amputation and put you in touch with a solicitor who could offer essential legal advice on how to best pursue your claim.
You may be wondering how much is an amputated leg worth. Having suffered such a traumatic injury, you would be well within your rights to want to know how much compensation you may be awarded so that you could plan for your future. You might have sought out a personal injury claims calculator. Still, we have chosen to supply approximate settlement amounts for specific injuries in a slightly different way based on the Judicial College’s Guidelines for certain injuries.
If your injury is not listed, or you’re not sure what bracket your injury could fall in, do not hesitate to speak to one of our advisers, and we’d be able to go through this with you to see what loss of limb compensation for the UK you could be looking at.
|Amputation of one leg||Can Be Up £1 Million + with extras for example future loss of earnings and other claims.||This figure of £1 Million plus is a example of how high the total figure can be for multiple extras on top of the claim.|
|Loss of both of the legs||£225,960 to £264,650||If both legs are taken or lost above the knee area, or one leg has been taken or was lost at a high level above the knee and the other was taken or lost below the knee area. Compensation would be awarded based on whether prosthetics were of any help, the associated psychological damage, the presence of any pains (phantom), side effects and potential degeneration of the spine or hips.|
|Amputation of both of the legs below the knee area||£189,110 to £253,480||If both legs are amputated just below the knee area this could attract the highest payouts in the bracket. The presence of phantom pains, degenerative risks, the usefulness of prosthetics and mental effects would be assessed.|
|Amputation of one leg above the knee||£98,380 to £129,010||The height of the amputation would be taken into account as well as phantom pains, degenerative risks, psychological problems and the potential usefulness of prosthetics.|
|Amputation of one leg below the knee||£91,950 to £124,800||Nearer the top of the range would be injuries such as traumatic amputations where the person was fully conscious at the time, or where multiple attempts to save the limb failed. Injuries would also be assessed on the level of phantom pains, psychological effects and more.|
|Severe Leg Injuries||£90,320 to £127,530||Although these injuries are not actual amputations, they are so severe that they could be considered on the same level. Degloving injuries that were extensive, fractures that have not been united, and gross shortenings of the leg could fall into this category.|
Please note that all amounts are approximations only, and a value could only be put on a claim once all the evidence had been reviewed. We should also mention that report of your injuries provided by an independent medical professional would be required when filing leg amputation claims.
On top of the amounts mentioned above in respect of compensation for an amputated leg and the pain you suffered because of your injuries which are paid out as general damages, you would also be able to claim special damages which are paid to compensate you for the financial losses or costs you’ve had to face because of your injuries. They could include, but are not limited to:
- Wage loss – if you needed to take time off work as a direct result of your injury, then these could be claimed for. You could claim for actual losses that you’ve experienced, as well as projected future losses. It may be a good idea to keep wage slips and bank statements as proof of these wage losses
- Travel expenses – whether it is taxi fares, bus fares, train fares or parking charges, if you had to pay for transport as a direct result of your injuries, you could claim for these costs
- Medical expenses – whether it is private physiotherapy, counselling, prescription charges or more, if you paid out for medical care because of your injury, then you could claim these costs as special damages
- Care costs – did you need to put your child in childcare because you were recovering from a leg amputation injury, or did you require someone to come in and care for you while you could not perform usual day to day tasks on your own? Either way, these costs may be classed as special damages and therefore could be included in your claim
If you’ve incurred a cost that was not included above, then you may wish to call us to see if it could be included as part of your claim.
The NHS provision for prosthetics can often be a little hit and miss, and without paying for specialist prosthetics, you may not be able to live your life to the level you wish to. Specialists prosthetics could help you enjoy everyday life and allow you to enjoy sporting and leisure activities. In fact, there has been such development of prosthetic limbs over time that they could make a difference between a life lived in a wheelchair and one that could be lived on both feet, with a level of activity that was, prior to the huge developmental advances in prosthetics, not considered possible.
However, specialist prosthetics can be costly and depending on your age and development, you may need more than one in your lifetime. With the assistance of specialist personal injury lawyers, you could make leg amputation claims. And that may lead to supply, fitting, future replacements and maintenance of such prosthetics, which could have a huge benefit to your lifestyle. If you are interested in learning more about this, then please do contact our advisers.
When you think about making a leg amputation injury claim, it could be wise to consider employing the services of a personal injury solicitor. An experienced lawyer could not only help to take on the stress of claiming for the traumatic loss of a limb, but they may also be able to help put together a stronger argument, based on their knowledge and experience of the law, than you could do on your own.
The benefits of using a personal injury solicitor are many, but you may not wish to pay upfront for a claim you were not 100% sure could lead to compensation. This is where No Win No Fee solicitors really come into their own. Under a Conditional Fee Agreement, you would agree to sign over a percentage of your compensation settlement. If the solicitor is not successful, you would not be required to pay them this percentage as long as you had a valid claim.
If you would like to speak to us in more depth about No Win No Fee claims, we would be only too happy to discuss this with you. We pride ourselves on being completely transparent about such matters, and we like claimants to have all the facts to hand before deciding on what to do.
At Accident Claims, we have experience in helping claimants start on the path to getting the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We could help you with any guidance and support you need regarding your leg amputation injury claim.
We understand that with such a traumatic injury, you could have a lot on your mind, and we aim to make the claims process as easy as possible for you. If you get in touch with our advisers, we will be able to assess the validity of your leg amputation injury claim, and we’ll be able to let you know whether you could be eligible to receive compensation.
If we think your case could result in compensation, we will put you in touch with a personal injury lawyer who would offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. We must stress that getting advice from our team does not put you under any obligation to start your claim with us. However, many of our previous clients rate our service highly, and it could take some of the stress out of making leg amputation claims.
Would you like to claim compensation for an amputated leg? Or might you have further questions about the claims process, the personal injury claims time limit, or whether you could get an interim payout for medical costs? Whatever you need in terms of your leg amputation injury, we’re here to help. You can reach us:
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Via Live Chat or via our contact form.
However you decide to get in touch with us, we at Accident Claims will be happy to help you.
Medical Negligence – Have you lost a leg through medical negligence? If so, our guide on medical negligence may be of interest.
Road Traffic Accident – Was your leg traumatically amputated in a car accident? This informative guide could help you.
Workplace Injury – Did you suffer a leg amputation injury in a workplace accident? This guidance could be of interest.
Medical References And Support
Amputation – NHS – The NHS offers information on amputation injuries. You may find some of this information useful.
The Limbless Association – This association provides support to those who have lost a limb.
Find A Support Group – You could find an amputee support group by following this link.
Leg Amputation Claims FAQs
How long does it usually take to recover after leg amputation surgery?
Normally, the victim can make a recovery within 4-8 weeks. There may be complications, though, so additional rest time beyond that is recommended. What’s more, it can take a very long time for the victim to adjust to life without the limb.
How long after a leg amputation could you get a prosthetic?
Some victims can get a temporary prosthesis shortly after they have their leg amputated. But in terms of a more permanent prosthesis, it tends to be 2-6 months later. This allows the victim to have recovered fully from their surgery.
How long could it take for an amputee to walk again?
This is dependant on the length of the healing process. Some victims heal faster than others, which allows them to walk on their prosthesis more quickly. Others take a little longer, perhaps due to health complications that arise along the way.
How many hours of a day should you wear a prosthetic leg?
The maximum recommendation is to wear a prosthesis for two hours. Around half an hour of that is for standing and walking, with the rest being to have it attached. This could be broken up throughout the day rather than as one continuous two-hour session.
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