Losing a limb can have devastating impacts on individuals and their families, especially when it’s due to the fault of another. We understand the stress and trauma limb loss and amputation can cause, and have helped many patients claim compensation for personal injury and medical negligence.
If you or a loved one has lost a limb due to the fault of another, call our limb loss and amputation lawyers on 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat. Or, you can complete the request a call back form to start a free case assessment and we will call you at a time that suits.
<h2>Amputation claims FAQs</h2>
As experts in personal injury and medical negligence claims, we understand the confusion that can arise with making claims and how the process works. In addition to seeking compensation for the amputation injury itself, we work with amputees to help provide legal assistance in terms of prosthesis, employment issues, rehabilitation, vehicle adaptations and home adaptations. Ultimately, we want to make sure you feel supported and safe when taking legal action for your injuries.
Below, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions regarding amputation injury claims and compensation for loss of limbs. If you require further advice or guidance, don’t hesitate to call us free on 0808 164 0808.
What type of accidents may result in an amputation?
An amputation or limb loss injury is an extremely traumatic injury for an individual to face following an accident. Not only does the amputee have the initial pain and discomfort from surgery and the skin grafts to deal with, but they may also face psychological issues and difficulties in function following initial treatment.
Our catastrophic injury lawyers have worked with many amputees and understand that compensation is only one area of importance to them; amputees and their families are most concerned to make sure they receive appropriate rehabilitation and aids to ensure their recovery. For example, a patient claiming compensation for the loss of a hand may need rehabilitative care to help them master daily tasks with only one hand.
Amputation can occur following accidents such as:
- road traffic accidents (RTAs)
- cycling accidents
- motorcycling accidents
- transport accidents including – aviation, train, tram and coach accidents
- accidents at work (particularly those involving dangerous machinery)
- military accident
- accidents involving pedestrians
- medical negligence
We fight robustly to get patients the adaptations and prosthetics they need, and will seek early payments to alleviate financial hardship caused by the initial inability to work, housing issues, equipment needs and rehabilitation.
Can I claim for a prosthetic leg or prosthetic arm?
Yes, it is possible to bring a claim for prosthetics on a private basis, subject to a legal test of reasonableness. Our team of expert amputation solicitors will work with you to ensure that you receive the most advanced prosthetics suitable for your individual situation.
For some amputees, fitting a prosthetic limb or body part in the traditional way, without any permanent attachment to the body can be too difficult for them to manage. In these circumstances, the client may benefit from osseointegration.
What is osseointegration?
Osseointegration is a relatively new method that permanently attaches an artificial body part (the prosthesis) to the human body. It can be defined as the direct contact between the living bone and the surface of synthetic (often titanium based) implant.
We may be able to include osseointegration technology as part of your compensation claim.
There are naturally some risks with osseointegration (particularly the risk of infection) in connecting an artificial limb or body part to the body, as part of the prosthetic must stick out through the skin so that the artificial limb can be secured to it.
The advantage of a permanent prosthesis is that it lessens many of the problems associated with temporary prosthetics, such as chafing and restricted movements.
Some amputees have reported that they can sense the prosthesis in a way that they were unable to do with a conventional prosthesis. This is referred to as osseoperception. We can discuss osseointegration with your medical experts and, if appropriate, look to include the costs within your compensation claim.
How much compensation for loss of limb?
The true amount of compensation you can expect to be rewarded will depend entirely on your unique situation. It will depend on the limb loss, the number of amputations and extenuating factors such as loss of income, rehabilitation and home adaptations.
Your solicitor will maintain transparency with you throughout your case, keeping you updated on the monetary elements.
Will the compensation for loss of arm differ to the compensation for losing a leg?
As above, your compensation does differ depending on the amputation and limb loss you’ve sustained. Medical experts will need to assess you in order to provide the information needed to determine your compensation, which your lawyer will share with you throughout your case.
What’s the time limit for making amputation claims?
As with any personal injury claim or medical negligence claim, the time limit for bringing an amputation compensation claim is three years from the date of your accident. To claim for a child under the age of 18, you have no time limit. However, once they turn 18 and they still haven’t claimed, they have three years from their birthday to do so.
Contact us for more information on claiming loss of limb compensation
Whether your loved one is uncertain about how to claim leg amputation compensation, or you’re worried about your own amputee compensation claim, our team of solicitors can help. We have years of experience helping patients claim foot amputation compensation, hand amputation compensation, and claim for other injuries that have resulted in limb loss.