Amputations can make you lose more than a limb; they can have a severe impact on your physical mobility, mental wellbeing, personal and working life. At Garratts, our personal injury solicitors have years of experience supporting individuals suffering from amputation injuries and successfully claiming compensation for them. Contact us for a free initial consultation on 0161 665 3502, or request a callback via our contact form to find out how we can help you with your claim.
Why amputations may need to be carried out
Amputations are necessary if an individual experiences illness or severe physical trauma to one or several limbs. If the affected limb is at a high risk of infection, already infected, severely fractured, affected by gangrene or deformed with limited mobility, medical doctors may decide to operate and amputate.
Common accidents causing amputations
There are a number of common accidents which may result in amputations and subsequent amputation injuries.
- Medical negligence accidents - If a diagnosis was wrongful, missed or too late, resulting in an amputation, you may be able to claim against the medical professionals’ negligent behaviour.
- Road traffic accidents - You may claim compensation if you were injured in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own and lost a previously healthy limb as a result.
- Accidents in the workplace - Many occupations involve working in high-risk workplaces such as factories, roadside or construction sites, and/or require individuals to operate heavy machinery. It isn’t uncommon for workplace injuries involving amputations to occur, in which case you can make a claim against your employer due to negligent behaviour, i.e. due to a failure to ensure safe working conditions and functional equipment.
Types of amputations
In general, there are two different types of amputation; lower limb and upper limb amputations.
- Lower limb amputations - Here, removals can range from partial amputation such as toe removals to a full limb having to be surgically removed. Common types of lower limb amputations are: above or below the knee amputations, ankle disarticulations, partial foot amputations, hip disarticulations, or hemipelvectomies, where an entire limb and part of the pelvis are removed.
- Upper limb amputations - Typical amputations include the partial or full (metacarpal) removal of hands, elbow and wrist disarticulations, above or below elbow amputations as well as shoulder or forequarter amputations.
How much compensation can I get for an amputation claim?
The level of compensation for your amputation claim will vary on a case-by-case basis. However, you could be awarded a minimum amount of £7,380 in compensation for a little finger amputation injury. Depending on the severity of subsequent health issues following the amputation, you could also be awarded up to £230,440 for a below the knee amputation of both legs.
What is the process for making a loss of limb or amputation claim?
Firstly, get in touch with our team of personal injury solicitors, who will offer you a free initial consultation. We will review your case and advise you as to whether we think you will be able to claim compensation. Next, our team will accrue all evidence required to support your claim and inform any liable third parties. If necessary, we will also arrange independent medical examination reports to ensure your compensation claim’s best possible outcome. We will carry out all negotiations, and if required, we will represent you in court.
How long will the compensation claims process take?
The claims process’s duration concerning the loss of a limb or amputation injury claims varies on a case-by-case basis. The complexity of the individual case generally determines the timescale and whether the third party who caused your injury admits to be liable. The majority of cases are resolved within 12 months; however, more complex cases may take longer.