Amputation and limb loss claims

Losing a limb through accident or amputation is a devastating prospect for anyone 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 transition easier.


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Between 2015 and 2018, 27,465 amputations were carried out in England. Amputations can be carried out after various accidents, such as road traffic accidents, or healthcare problems, including 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.

Find out more about making a claim.

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.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How much compensation could I receive?

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

Our Compensation Calculator can give 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, all you have to do is get in touch for a free initial consultation. You can give us a call, request a call back at a convenient time or start your claim online.


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