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Amputations resulting from Accidents

What is an Amputation?
  Introduction to Amputations
News Stories we have published about Amputation Compensation Claims
  Clients we have helped to claim compensation for Amputation Injuries
Importance of using an experienced Solicitor
  Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers
What can I claim for after suffering an amputation?
  Compensation awarded for Amputation Injuries
Amputation Injury Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start an Amputation Injury Compensation Claim

What is an Amputation?

Introduction to Amputations

The word amputation refers to the removal of a body extremity.  This can be done surgically or as the result of a trauma.

Common body parts to suffer amputation include fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms and legs.  Even an eye may need to be removed if badly injured.

Surgical Amputations

If a body part has been badly damaged in an accident or suffers a serious infection it may need to be surgically amputated as a last resort if it cannot be saved.

Amputations can sometimes be necessary after clinical negligence has occurred.  Read our information page amputation resulting from medical negligence. Read an article we have published about an untreated infection leading to an amputation.

Traumatic Amputations

During some serious accidents a body part may be literally torn off and this is classed as being an amputation caused by trauma.  Accidents which sometimes lead to this type of amputation include:

If you have suffered an injury resulting in an amputation you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  For more information, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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News Stories we have published about Amputation Compensation Claims

Clients we have helped to claim compensation for Amputation Injuries

In the past we have published news stories on our website about clients we have helped to claim accident compensation after they have suffered an injury resulting in an amputation.  To read a selection of these follow the links below or to read all of the news stories we have published, visit our News Desk.

13th February 2014 - Amputee trials new bionic hand with sense of touch

13th November 2013 - Sellafield worker receives seven figure compensation

2nd September 2013 - Man who endured eight operations over six years after an accident with a nail gun is compensated by his employers

30th August 2013 - Unite backs worker left permanently disabled at brake factory

10th August 2012 - Council pays damages after a Binman loses leg in lorry accident

6th June 2012 - Injured apprentice brickie receives £250,000 compensation after crush injury

23rd May 2012 - Disabled holiday maker crushed by wheelchair lift on narrow boat receives compensation

13th December 2011 - Bristol man becomes bionic

8th December 2011 - Railway worker receives £750,000 after legs severed by train

19th September 2011 - Thompsons Solicitors joins Limb Loss Legal Panel

2nd February 2011 - Cyclist receives compensation after losing leg in accident

26th July 2010 - Medway NHS Trust pay compensation after leg amputation

1st April 2010 - Scaffolder receives compensation after traumatic accident

15th December 2009 - £8000,000 for firefighter who lost his leg

11th December 2009 - Builder secures damages for loss of finger

12th October 2009 - Student receives compensation after losing his leg

1st September 2009 - Teenager's compensation trebled by Thompsons

2nd June 2009 - Payout for man whose hand was crushed

30th April 2009 - Labourer undergoes amputation after workplace accident

27th February 2009 - Finger lost in grinding accident

16th January 2008 - NHS Logistics Authority pays factory worker damages after fork lift truck injury left him with a partially amputated foot

20th December 2007 - Global space industry leader pays Stevenage man £468K damages after his leg had to be amputated following an accident at work

6th July 2007 - Kent groundsman secures compensation after losing a limb in an accident

25th June 2007 - Driver secures damages following amputation of his trapped finger

6th November 2006 - Amicus secures £100,000 compensation for Lincoln member whose finger was amputated following horrific accident at work

18th August 2006 - Nissan to pay £60,000 compensation to man who lost his toe in accident at work

28th November 2005 - Trampoline amputee wins compensation through UNISON scheme

You can also read about a case our clinical negligence team dealt with involving an Unnecessary Amputation.

If you have suffered an injury which resulted in an amputation, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  For more information contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Importance of using an experienced Solicitor

Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers

In cases involving serious injuries such as amputations it is important that you have an experienced solicitor dealing with your personal injury claim for damages.

If you work with Thompsons Solicitors' Serious Injury Team you will have more than just a team of lawyers fighting your case. At Thompsons, we have led the way in securing compensation for serious injuries since the 1970s.

We set up our Serious Injury Team to bring together the most specialist personal injury lawyers with medical and disability experts to fight for justice for the most seriously injured victims of accidents and clinical negligence.

Our Serious Injury Team is lead by a number of highly experienced partners.

Our primary objective is always to secure the maximum compensation for our clients in the shortest possible time and we have earned a reputation for taking on cases and winning where little prospect of success seemed the situation.

It is every lawyer’s job to provide the best possible legal advice to his or her client and this is where experience really counts. There may come a time when you will need your lawyer to advise as to whether you should settle or continue to fight for a higher award. This is where it pays to have sound advice.

If you would like to discuss what kind of service we can offer you or someone you know with a compensation claim relating to an amputation injury contact us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms. We will meet you to discuss your situation and how we can help you.  You will be under no obligation to instruct us.

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What can I claim for after suffering an amputation?

Compensation awarded for Amputation Injuries

If someone else was to blame for the accident which led to your amputation you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Obviously, you can claim an amount for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the injury and amputation but there are many other factors which also need to be taken into account, such as lost earnings, healthcare costs and adaptions to lifestyle (including prosthetics and artificial limbs if applicable) as a result of the amputation.

Lost Earnings

A person who has suffered an amputation may have to have a lot of time off work to recover from their ordeal or they may never be able to return to work again.  If they do manage to return to work they may have to take a drop in wages to carry out a less-physical role.  A claim for lost earnings would then be appropriate.

Healthcare Costs

After suffering a serious injury such as an amputation, you will probably need ongoing medical treatment for some time.  The cost of any medical treatment including rehabilitation, physiotherapy and prescription costs can all be included as part of your claim for compensation.

There can quite often be scarring and cosmetic surgery may be needed. There could be several operations and skin grafts involved.

There can also be quite painful and distressing neurological symptoms suffered by the victim even after amputation of a limb has taken place. This is called ‘phantom limb pains’ where the victim experiences in his or her mind real pain, irritation and itching in the limb even though it is no longer there.

There can also be psychological problems resulting from the loss of a limb with not only depression but also feelings of embarrassment and a self perception of impairment which can be quite disabling in itself aside from any physical difficulty that can exist. There can be feelings of agoraphobia, anger and self perceptions of loss of self-esteem and dignity.  If help is needed to deal with these psychological problems, the cost of the treatment will be recovered as part of the compensation claim.

Adaptions to Lifestyle

A catastrophic injury such as an amputation will be a life-changing event and adapting your surroundings to allow you to function as normally as possible can be expensive.  Some amputees may need a prosthetic limb, a wheelchair or other walking aid or even a specially adapted house or car.  The costs of these items can be included within your claim for compensation.

Sometimes, artificial limbs may be feasible and these can vary from basic prosthetic limbs to quite complex devices. They can be expensive to purchase and maintain and indeed may require to be renewed and updated over a lifetime. Complex computerised and electronic components are beginning to play a prominent part in such devices. It is possible for example to obtain artificial legs designed for everyday wear and usage as well as specialised limbs for swimming with skin colour matching. This all costs a lot of money but reasonable requirements in this respect can be fully compensated if supported by expert evidence.

If you have been the innocent victim of an accident which has led to an amputation, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  To find out if we can help you with your claim, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Amputation Injury Compensation Claim Advice

How to start an Amputation Injury Compensation Claim

If you or someone you know has suffered an amputation injury due to someone else's negligence, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury claim including claims involving amputations. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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