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Amputation and limb loss claims

Losing a limb through accident or amputation is a devastating prospect for anyone to have to face, especially if it is the result of a preventable injury or accident. Recovery will include a period of adjustment, where you learn to live with your injury and making a compensation claim may just make that trans

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Approximately 5,000 amputations are carried out in the UK each year, many of which are a result of car or motorcycle accidents, industrial or workplace injury and, more rarely, medical negligence.

Types of amputation or limb loss

There are many types of amputation, including:

  • Leg amputation – below, through or above the knee.
  • Foot amputation, including toes.
  • Hands and fingers or thumb amputation.
  • Arms – at the elbow, above the elbow or at the shoulder.

Why should I make a claim?

It's hard to think about anything other than what you have been through, but the truth is if your ordeal is the result of someone else's negligence, then they should be held accountable.

A compensation amount can help pay towards your medical costs, therapy for the psychological effects of amputation, treatment and prosthetics.

It can also ease the financial burden of any alterations you need to make to your home or vehicle, to aid your rehabilitation and keep you mobile. There is also time off work and loss of earnings to consider.
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How the claim process works

Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We can take the pressure out of making a claim, by dealing with it on your behalf.

Our advisers have many years’ experience and will ask you to outline your situation, before going through your options.

We offer a No Win No Fee service, so you don't have to fund any upfront costs – just get in touch for a no-obligation chat and our friendly advisers will tell you more.

How much compensation could I receive?

Lost limbs compensation amounts can vary greatly, depending on the case.

Our Compensation Calculator gives you an idea of current damages recommended by the Judicial College Guidelines.

To give you an idea, loss of a leg with amputation above the knee can see awards of £91,910 to £120,530, while the loss of a thumb could see awards from £31,140 to £48,080.

Is there a time limit for making an amputation claim?

Most claims for amputation or loss of limbs need to be made within three years of the accident or injury, but there are some exceptions.

For example, a child amputee will have three years starting from their 18th birthday. If a person's mental capacity is diminished and they are unable to make their own decisions, then there is no time limit.

Our specialist advisers will be able to explain it all to you in a clear, no-jargon manner, based on your individual circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

To find out whether you have a compensation claim, just get in touch for a free initial consultation, using our online claim form.

Or request a callback at the top of the screen, we will get in touch at a time to suit you and talk you through your options and our No Win No Fee services.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

Can I claim if my accident happened while I was abroad?

Yes, you can still claim if you had an accident while abroad.  But it can be more complex due to varying laws in other countries.

Accidents abroad are very common and can happen to anyone. Some of the most common accidents can include things such as suffering food poisoning from the hotel restaurant, slipping on a wet floor in a hotel or tripping over on a poorly-maintained footpath.

Other scenarios you may be able to claim compensation for include: sport-related accidents from using damaged, faulty or poorly-maintained equipment, sustaining an injury during an arranged excursion and road traffic accidents (including accidents when travelling as a passenger in a car, coach or taxi).

Those who booked their trip with a travel agent or as part of a package holiday are more likely to be able to claim against the travel company once returning to the UK, as opposed to the services used abroad (such as a hotel or restaurant).

At First4Lawyers, we work with solicitors who are experienced in making claims for accidents that have happened abroad, for people who were either on holiday or travelling on a business trip. Contact us for a no-obligation chat.

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