How To Make A Compensation Claim For Amputation And Loss Of Limb

By Max Miso. Last Updated 10th May 2022. No matter the circumstances which lead to it, suffering an amputation or the loss of a limb can be a devastating form of injury and result from some of the most serious types of accident which personal injury solicitors see. They will often result from severe road traffic accidents, or accidents in the workplace, or in rare instances, be the result of medical negligence. They can also result from illnesses going untreated, or due to complications arising from the treatment of certain conditions such as peripheral arterial disease and diabetes.

Under any circumstances, the loss of a limb or a partial amputation is distressing and traumatic and it can have a vast impact on your life. Whilst the partial amputation of a finger or a toe could be recovered from in shorter periods of time, the loss of a limb can have a large effect on your independence, mobility, ability to work and enjoy many other activities.

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A Guide To Amputation And Loss Of Limb Compensation Claims

Amputation/loss of limb compensation claim guide

Amputation/loss of limb compensation claim guide

Whether you suffered a traumatic amputation or a surgical amputation, if someone else was responsible for your injuries, you could be able to make an amputation claim or a loss of limb claim. Whilst claiming compensation for an amputated or lost limb cannot bring your old life back, what it can do is to help you move forward and deal with the injuries suffered and their effects on your life.

If you suffered a full or partial amputation as a result of an accident which was not your fault, talking to a personal injury solicitor will help you find out if you can make a personal injury claim, and how much it could be worth.

What Are Amputations?

This question is more common than you may think when people are making an amputation claim. Whilst you may think of a traumatic event or surgical requirement to remove a hand, a foot, or even a whole limb, amputations can be much smaller. They may involve a partial amputation of a finger or thumb, as seen in the amputation compensation chart seen further on in this guide.

Whilst there are many causes and circumstances which lead people to face amputations, according to the NHS, an amputation is defined as the removal of a part of the body (such as a finger, hand, or leg) by surgery.

When And Why An Amputation May Be Necessary

If you have suffered an injury, illness or instance of medical negligence which has severely damaged a part of your body or your limb to the point at which you need a whole or partial amputation, you will be assessed by an expert surgeon.

Amputations may be necessary in the following circumstances;

  1. There is a serious infection in the affected body part which cannot otherwise be treated.
  2. Peripheral arterial disease and/ or gangrene has damaged your limb.
  3. You have suffered extreme trauma, such as blast wounds or severe crush injuries.
  4. A limb has been deformed and left with limited function and movement.

Unless your injury or illness requires emergency surgical intervention, you will have a full assessment. A surgeon will identify the best course of action to take and also assess any factors which could affect your long-term recovery.

Amputation Compensation Chart for the UK

You may be wanting more information about the amount of amputation compensation you could receive. The below compensation chart provides bracket compensation amounts that relate to the general damages head of your claim. The amount of loss of limb compensation awarded following a successful claim is based on many factors, including the physical and psychological impact of the injury.

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) sets out guideline figures for different injuries based on past cases. Solicitors and other legal professionals can use this to help them value your claim alongside other evidence, such as medical reports.

We have include a table with these figures. They are the most up-to-date available figures as they have been taken from the sixteenth edition of the JCG.

The below amounts are not a guarantee. Please also bear in mind that the chart only relates to amounts you could receive for personal injury claims in England and Wales. As every claim is unique, there are many aspects of a claim that can affect your compensation amount.

Body part AmputatedSettlement bandingComments or notes
Both arms£240,790 to £300,000Claimant is fully aware of the injury. Is helpless as a result.
Loss of both legs£240,790 to £282,010Leg amputation settlement amounts for the loss of both legs above the knee. Or, different levels where one is high above the knee and the other is low below it.
Both legs amputated below the knee.£201,490 to £270,100Settlement takes into account side effects of using a prosthetic leg, pain and other effects.
Both feet£169,400 to £201,490Treated in a similar way to a below the knee amputation of the leg.
Single arm, at the shoulderNot less than £137,160Complete loss of an arm, at the shoulder joint.
Little (smallest) finger£8,640 to £12,240Fully aware of the injury and that the finger is lost.
Ring finger and little fingersIn the region of £21,810Full loss of both of these fingers.
Amputation of the Terminal Phalanges of the Index and Middle FingersIn the region of £24,990Impairment of grip, restricted grip, loss of fine control and some scarring.
Loss of the thumb£35,520 to £54,830Complete/ total loss of the thumb.
Loss of the tip of the thumb£12,590 to £16,760Removal of the tip of the thumb, affecting your grip.
Single arm - above the elbow£109,650 to £130,930The shorter the amount of arm left, the higher the settlement.
Single arm - below the elbow£96,160 to £109,650Phantom pain and very real pain in the limb.
Single leg - above the knee£104,830 to £137,470Looks at overall effects the loss of the leg has had on the claimant.
Single leg - below the knee£97,980 to £132,990The more serious the injury or the way in which it happened, the higher the potential settlement.
Amputation of the ring, middle and index finger£61,910 to £90,750Finger amputation payout is higher as the hand is almost useless with little to no grip strength.
Single foot£83,960 to £109,650Settlements look at factors such as severity of pain, if you can use a prosthetic and other side effects.

As part of your loss of limb compensation, you could also receive special damages compensation. This is explained in more detail below.

To learn more about amputation compensation, the claims process and your eligibility to claim, please contact us for free legal advice using the above contact details. We can answer any queries you have in just one phone call and could potentially connect you with a specialised solicitor from our panel who could help you with your claim.

Damages You Can Be Compensated For After An Amputation

When calculating the value of your amputation compensation claim, personal injury lawyers, solicitors, and the courts will take a multitude of factors into account. The factors are grouped into special damages which account for factors aside from the injury itself. General damages award compensation for amputated or lost limbs and the injury itself.

The factors taken into account by special damages may include things such as the medical expenses you have had and are expected to meet in the future, long term medical and home care expenses, costs of adapting your homes structure and vehicle and the cost of prosthetic limbs, how you will be affected in the future by not being able to continue working.

In the case of this type of injury, you could also be awarded compensation for rehabilitation and the cost of prosthetic limbs. Following surgery for a traumatic or serious injury, you could require an extensive period of rehabilitation and recovery. This may include trips to a physiotherapist for treatment where you relearn skills such as walking or learn how to use a prosthetic arm. You could claim for the cost of this treatment, as well as prosthetic devices if not provided by or available on the NHS.

Contact one of our advisors today to find out more about what your personal injury claim could compensate you for.

Common Types Of Accidents Resulting In Amputation Or Loss Of Limb

Whilst injuries leading to the partial or whole loss of a limb or body part can happen in many different ways, there are some circumstances which are seen much more than others. They could happen because of a severe car accident, or an accident at work with machinery.

In the following sections, we look in some more detail at the different ways in which people can suffer this form of injury.

Amputation Or Loss Of Limb Caused By Road Traffic Accidents

Road traffic accidents, whether in a car, on a bike, or as a pedestrian crossing the road, can be devastating. Amputations are typically seen in much more serious forms of vehicle accidents. An example of this could be a HGV crashing into you if you are an occupant in a much smaller and lighter vehicle, or where you are not protected, such as a motorcycle rider. If a limb, such as a leg, is severely crushed in an accident and can not be repaired, it may need to be surgically amputated.

To make an amputation accident claim after a vehicle crash or to discuss leg amputation settlement amounts, talk to an advisor today.

Medical Negligence Leading To The Loss Of A Limb

If you are undergoing treatment for a particular condition, need to have surgery, or expect to stay in a hospital, the last thing you expect to happen is for the team caring for you to make a mistake and for you to lose a digit or a limb.

Medical negligence could lead to a diagnostic failure, you acquiring a hospital infection, or suffering insufficient blood supply and/ or oxygen to a limb whilst in hospital. If you suffered the loss of a leg, arm or another body part as the result of negligent care, find out if you can make a loss of limb compensation claim with our team.

Loss Of A Limb Or Amputation In A Military Accident

Employers have what is called a duty of care to ensure the safety and overall health of their staff in the workplace.

Military personnel have the right to a safe working environment whilst training or not on frontline duty, and can also expect to be provided with all the equipment necessary to carry out their role in a safe way. If the Ministry of Defence can be shown to be at fault, personnel could be able to make a loss of limb claim against the armed forces.

Amputation Injuries In The Workplace

Alongside road traffic accidents, one of the larger causes of injuries resulting in amputation and loss of a limb are those sustained at work. Some of the industries which are most at risk of this level of injury include;

  • The construction industry,
  • Factories and manufacturing.
  • Mining and quarry work.

If an employer has failed to provide staff with the correct personal protective equipment and training, accidents leading to this level of injury can happen. If you suffered serious injuries because your employer has been negligent, and had to have a toe amputated, part of a finger amputated, or a limb amputated, you could be eligible for amputation compensation, such as by making a finger amputation compensation claim.

Amputation Injuries In A Public Place

This category covers accidents which have happened in places such as on the streets or roads, in public parks, or any other public spaces. They can also cover accidents in privately owned but publicly accessible spaces such as shops, restaurants, shopping centers, and similar places. If your accident happened in such as place, the owner, occupier, or operator could be held liable for your amputation injury if you suffered a full or partial amputation as a result of an accident which was not your fault.

If you have been injured in a public place, contact a personal injury lawyer or solicitor today to enquire about making an amputation accident claim.

How Your Injuries Are Assessed

When personal injury lawyers, solicitors or the courts look at how much a claim should be settled for, the nature of an injury, how severe it has been, the pain and suffering it has and will cause, and its wider effect on you must be assessed. Whilst injuries might not have a dramatic effect over the long-term, this is probably not true if you are making an amputation compensation claim.

This type of injury can have effects for the rest of your life, and so settlements, such as how much compensation for a leg amputation you would be awarded would take those future effects into account.

The solicitor working on your case will ask for expert medical evidence which assesses the seriousness of your injuries. They will provide medical report and documentary evidence of what procedures you have already undergone, as well as future prognosis and treatment or care requirements. The personal injury claims calculator will take account of how serious the injury is.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation?

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s actions and are intending on making a personal injury claim, you need to be aware that there are personal injury claim time limits within which you need to start your compensation claim. For reference, we have included this handy table.

Type of claim / claimantLength of time limit. Applicable from date of accident or date of discovery of injury.
General personal injury claims and time limit.3 years.
Accidents involving children.From date of accident to the child's eighteenth birthday. Three years from this point for child to claim.
Accidents which have happened outside of the UK.Time limits are variable depending on accident type and jurisdiction.

Make sure that you begin your amputation and loss of limb compensation claim within the applicable time limit. Whilst these are some of the main limits, there are others which may apply. A solicitor can advise you of the time limit which applies to your case.

How To Start An Accident Or Injury Claim

The best way to start any type of personal injury claim is to discuss what has happened to you with an expert personal injury claim advisor or solicitor. They will be able to take you through the steps you need to take and how the process works. They can discuss how you have been impacted by the injury, what evidence a solicitor may need to help your claim, and how much you could be able to claim for your injuries. They may also ask you various questions about how you have been impacted and about the treatment that you have already received. If you call one of our advisors we can talk through your case and there is no obligation to make your claim with us.

No Win No Fee Amputation And Loss Of Limb Claims

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No win no fee amputation claim

The last thing that you need after suffering a traumatic accident and injury is to have extra financial risks or concerns piled on you when trying to make a claim. That is why our panel of solicitors can handle your case on what is called a no win no fee basis. Put simply, this means that if you don’t make a successful claim, you won’t have anything to pay. That means you never have to worry about upfront costs or unexpected charges.

If you are awarded compensation for your injuries, the fee you will pay will have been agreed with the solicitor beforehand, and as the settlement is paid via them, the fee can simply be deducted before it is passed on to you. This means that whatever happens with your claim, you never need to worry. You can find out more about how no win, no fee services work in the guide linked at the bottom of this page.

How Our Expert Team Can Help And Support You

There are many ways in which we can provide help and support to the victims of serious and lost limb injuries. We think the best way to find out more about how we can help you is to discuss this with you. The simplest way to do this is to get in contact with our experts through the different channels we have. Remember, when you talk to us there will be no pressure to start a personal injury claim through our experts. Just follow the simple steps below.

Contact our team by email, phone, or post.Our team will assess your claim.Once you are ready, we can then start your claim.

How To Contact Our Team

You can phone us via this number 0161 696 9685, or you can enter your contact details in our contact form (click the link at the top of this page) and we will call you back.

Medical Advice And Accident Guides

Below we have provided further resources on our site, such as additional accident claims guides, as well as medical advice and information.

No Win No Fee Claims
In this guide, we provide further information about how to make a no win no fee claim and how the process works.

Passenger Car Accident Claims
If you suffered a severe injury, such as the loss of a limb, as a passenger in a car accident, this guide provides further information for how to make a claim.

NHS Amputation
Detailed information and advice on why amputations may be necessary, and care which you may need.

Medical Negligence Wrongful Death Compensation Claims

See the guide above to find out how you could seek compensation on behalf of a loved one following death by medical negligence.

Local Authority and Council Compensation Claims

This is our guide on claiming compensation from the council if their negligence has caused you injury.

Finger Injury Compensation Claims Guide

Read this guide to see if you can make a claim for a finger injury.

Other Useful Compensation Guides

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