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5 things you might not know about making a compensation claim following amputation

If you’ve suffered an injury that was not your fault which has resulted in an amputation, you might consider making a claim for compensation.  Resolving personal injury and medical negligence claims can take months or even years, so here are five things to bear in mind: 

1.  I’ve been injured, but it was not my fault.  What should I do?

If your injury was caused by someone else, identifying who was at fault at an early stage will make the process of your claim easier and quicker.

2.  Because of my injury, I’m unable to work and I’m worried about my finances.  Is there anything I can do? 

If you are in financial difficulty because your injury means you cannot work, your lawyer can request ‘early interim payments’. These payments are an advance on your eventual compensation award and are intended to help you pay household bills, transport expenses, and so on.

3. When can I start rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is vital part of your recovery and should begin as soon as possible.  Early on in your claim your lawyer can request that the Defendant funds therapies, care, equipment and prosthetic rehabilitation, including private treatment to supplement what is provided by the NHS.  These treatments and therapies will help you to make the best possible recovery and rebuild your life.

4. I’m not happy with the way my lawyer is dealing with my case, is it too late to change?

If you are not satisfied with the way your claim is progressing, you can move your case to a new lawyer.  Ask for a second opinion with no obligation, but always consult a reputable law firm with specialists who have a track record in amputation claims.

5. How much will a lawyer charge me to deal with my claim?  

Most amputation claims are on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.  This means you don’t have to pay any legal fees until your case is concluded.  There may be some deductions from your final compensation payment, but your lawyer will discuss them in detail with you in advance. 

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