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Amputation and Loss of Limb Claims

Serious injuries sustained at work, in a car crash, due to a natural disaster or any other type of accident can sometimes sadly result in the amputation of a limb. Whatever the cause, you will find that limb loss is one of the most difficult injuries to come to terms with.

There were 27,465 amputations made in England between 2015 and 2018. While some of these were related to diabetes and other medical issues, many were due to personal injury and accidents at  work or public places. Common body parts amputated include fingers and toes, hands, arms and legs.
 
It can be a devastating and traumatic experience and you may be owed amputation compensation to help support your rehabilitation and changes to your livelihood as an amputee.  
 
Our specialist amputation legal team offers expertise with a human touch. We have a wide range of experience acting for amputees, knowledge of experts working in the field and an understanding of what needs to be done to maximise our clients' rehabilitation and damages awarded.
 
Ready to talk? Speak to one of our expert amputation lawyers about your claim. Call 020 7650 1200 or 





Amputation injuries at  work

Amputation injuries often take place in the most dangerous work settings such as factories, mines, farms, construction sites and in workplaces that use heavy machinery or forklift trucks to move heavy loads. They can also occur in offices and more sedate environments in accidents. 

If you’ve undergone an amputation following an accident at work due to negligence, then you may be able to bring a successful amputation compensation claim. Examples of negligence could include a failure to:
 
  • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Maintain and protect workers from dangerous machinery
  • Offer sufficient training in the use of dangerous machinery

If your work colleagues acted in a dangerous way that resulted in your injury, you may also have a loss of limb claim against your employer.
 
Common workplace accidents that can result in amputations include:
 
  • Crush injuries – Ranging from seriously crushing your fingers in a door to losing a limb in unguarded farm or factory machinery.
  • Construction accidents – Building sites are a common location for serious workplace accidents. Incidents with machinery, vehicles, falling objects, heights and more can lead to severe injury and amputation.
  • Work vehicle accidents – Injuries sustained by being knocked down or run over by a fork lift truck, tractor, van, lorry or any other vehicle while at work can result in loss of limb(s). These are more common in factories, warehouses, farms and construction sites.

Amputation injuries in public places

Severe accidents can happen outside of work in a public place and lead to you losing a limb. These may be the fault of someone else or a natural disaster. Successful amputation compensation claims rely on the incident and subsequent amputation being due to negligence on behalf of an individual or organisation. 

For example, you could be hit by a heavy falling object in your local park, crush your hand in the door of a public building or be knocked down by a vehicle when crossing the road. The organisation responsible for safety in the park and building, and usually the driver of the vehicle, may have acted negligently, resulting in your amputation. 

Amputation injuries can arise in other public places:
 
  • Car, coach and motorbike crashes – Victims of road crashes - whether a pedestrian, passenger or driver - may sustain injuries that require an amputation.
  • Disasters – Terrorist attacks, train crashes, explosions and building fires are just some of the horrific disasters that can cause traumatic injuries and the loss of limbs.

Making an amputation claim

Speak to an amputation solicitor in our personal injury team about your case to begin your claim. With a free initial consultation, one of our amputation lawyers will listen to your story and advise on whether you have a claim. They may ask questions to gather more details about the accident and injuries sustained, before advising you on the best next steps.  
 
With all amputation claims, you need to prove the loss of limb was related to the negligence of an individual or group (the defendant in the case). To do this, you may need to collect evidence to support your claim. 
 
This could include:
 
  • Medical records and documents that detail your injuries and reasons for the amputation
  • Witness statements from medical professionals and those at the scene of the accident 
  • Financial records and documents to show any loss of earnings
  • Photographs of your injuries, the accident location, any equipment, vehicles or items related to the cause of amputation 
 
Learn more about making amputation compensation claims with Leigh Day. Or to discuss your case today:
 
  • Call 020 7650 1200 and speak to one of our amputation solicitors
 




Amputation compensation

We understand the process of readjustment will be a tough one - not only for the amputee, but also for their family. Amputation compensation is designed to help make this easier and ensure you can live as normal a life as possible. 
 
The amount awarded will vary depending on the loss of limb(s), severity of the injuries and impact on the amputee’s life.
 
A key part of an amputee’s life is the need for suitable prostheses to allow them to enjoy - so far as is possible - a return to their pre-accident activities and lifestyle. As well as state of the art day-to-day prostheses, our clients have had the benefit of water and activity limbs to allow them to return to sports such as skiing, rowing, playing rugby and swimming.
 
One of our clients also trialled the first "bionic" hand with great success. We will obtain specialist reports that consider the prosthetic needs of the individual client, both in the immediate and long-term future. We also take into consideration your individual needs and aspirations.
 
Amputation compensation can also be used for:
 
  • Loss of earnings – Whether for a set amount of time off work to recover or being unable to return to work full-time due to a loss of limb.
  • Re-training – To facilitate a new career or for assistance to ensure your existing employer makes the appropriate adaptions to support your return to work.
  • Rehabilitation – Costs of physical therapy and medical assistance.
  • Accommodation changes – The expenses of adaptions to your home or moving to more suitable housing will be included in the claim.
  • Travel expenses – To any therapy and rehabilitation sessions.
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
 
Learn more about some successful examples of amputation compensation claims our team have settled.

Why choose Leigh Day?

Our amputation claims lawyers have built up an extensive network of professional contacts, such as: 
 
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetic limb suppliers
  • Case managers
  • Financial advisers 

They will all help you get your life on track following your amputation, while our lawyers will support you throughout the legal process. 
 
Our amputation lawyers are dedicated to achieving the best result for you in terms of compensation. They seek interim payments along the way to enable you to meet the costs of private prosthetic services, counselling and private care, and to cover any losses following injury.
 
As a member of the Associate Parliamentary Limb Loss Group and working with various charities, this has enabled us to develop a keen understanding of the issues surrounding amputees. We pride ourselves in being able to ‘think outside the box’. 

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