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

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25%* of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

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

*Excluding Road Traffic Accident related claims where the accident happened on or after 31st May 2021. Here customers will typically pay 30% + VAT due to changes introduced through the Civil Liability Act 2018.

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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