How Much Could You Get For Amputation Compensation Claims

An accident leading to amputation is often a painful and life-altering event. These accidents occurring due to third-party negligence could provide grounds for an amputation compensation claim. This guide to amputation claims will first look at the potential amount you could receive from a compensation claim. 

We will also explain the eligibility criteria regarding an amputation claim. Accidents can happen just about anywhere. However, for the foundation of a personal injury claim, the accident that caused the amputation must have been caused by the breach of duty of care by those who have a responsibility for your safety.

For that reason, we look at how accidents in the workplace could happen, and how accidents in public or on the roads could occur. Furthermore, we will discuss when you may be able to make a successful amputation compensation claim due to medical negligence. 

After listing forms of evidence that would help in an amputation compensation claim, you can learn about the No Win No Fee terms under which an expert solicitor from our panel could offer their services when supporting your case if you have valid grounds.


Amputation Compensation Claims

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  1. How Much Are Amputation Compensation Claims Worth?
  2. Bringing Amputation Injury Claims – Eligibility Criteria
  3. Types Of Amputation Compensation Claims
  4. What Evidence Could Prove Amputation Injury Claims?
  5. Get Help From No Win No Fee Amputation Injury Claims Solicitors

How Much Are Amputation Compensation Claims Worth?

There are up to two heads of loss when it comes to successful personal injury claims:

  • General damages, accounting for physical and mental pain and suffering. And also, if they are awarded;
  • Special damages can be claimed if injuries bring about financial losses. This can include medical treatment costs, such as the costs of being provided with a prosthetic limb, for example.

This first section will discuss general damages. In amputation claims, as with any personal injury claim, the amount of general damages compensation you could receive depends on factors, such as:

  • The limb or limbs that have been amputated
  • The degree to which the amputation will or has impacted your everyday life
  • Loss of amenity
  • Any potential psychological issues that have been caused by the injury

Your amputation will be valued in a successful compensation claim based on aspects, such as the ones listed above. Solicitors can provide you with an idea of what you could receive from an amputation compensation claim. To do this, they use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The brackets below are taken from successful court cases in England and Wales.

Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesUp to £1,000,000 and aboveMultiple injuries of a serious nature plus compensation that covers all financial losses and expenses such as care cost, home adaptation and lost earnings.
Arm Amputation (a)£240,790 to £300,000The loss of both arms.
Arm Amputation - Loss Of One Arm (b) (i)Not less than £137,160Arm is amputated at the shoulder
Leg Amputations (i)£240,790 to £282,010The loss of both legs, with at least one leg amputated above the knee.
Leg Amputations (ii)£201,490 to £270,100A below-knee amputation of both legs.
Hand (a)£140,660 to £201,490This bracket features the total loss of both hands.
Hand (c)£96,160 to £109,650The complete loss of one hand falls into this bracket.
Foot (a)£169,400 to £201,490Two feet are amputated.
Foot (b)£83,960 to £109,650The amputation of one foot.
Loss Of EarningsUp to £100,000 and aboveAccounting for financial loss through absence from work or inability to seek employment due to the amputation.

Please bear in mind that these figures only give you an idea of what you could receive from an amputation claim. To get a better idea of how much compensation you could receive, please contact us for free using the above details.

Bringing Amputation Injury Claims – Eligibility Criteria

Amputation injury claims are like any personal injury claim in that they must be shown to have legitimate grounds to be pursued. You must meet the following eligibility criteria to claim:

  • A third party owed a duty of care at the time.
  • They breached this duty, leading to an accident.
  • The accident led to your physical and/or mental harm.

This forms the basis of negligence in a personal injury case. The below section will explain what this means in more detail about amputation claims. Our advisors can explain this further and answer any other questions about amputation compensation claims, so please do not hesitate to call.

Types Of Amputation Compensation Claims

Injuries with enough severity to bring about amputation could occur in numerous places. In the following subsections, we will look at accidents on the road, at work, in public places and through medical negligence that could form the basis of amputation claims.

Road Traffic Accident Amputation Claims

Road users are required to follow rules and guidance put into place by the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code. Doing so will ensure they keep to the duty of care to use roads in a way that prevents a road traffic accident. Carelessly or wilfully ignoring the rules of the road puts road users at risk of serious injury. If you can prove that your injury was caused by driver negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim. 

One example is when a cyclist is hit by a car greatly exceeding the speed limit. The cyclist is thrown from their bike and suffers devastating leg injuries that require a double amputation.

Workplace And Construction Site Accidents And Amputations

Employees are owed a duty of care by their employer, as laid out by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Section 2 of the Act incites employers to take reasonable and practicable steps that keep employees safe. Employers could, for example:

  • Perform risk assessments.
  • Maintain and repair equipment.
  • Provide PPE.

A failure to take such steps could precipitate an accident. For example, unchecked and incorrectly built infrastructure on a construction site causes a scaffolding accident. A worker falls from height and lands on their arm, with irreversible and severe damage that necessitates amputation.

Public Place And Pedestrian Accidents Causing Amputations

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 establishes a duty of care for those in control of public spaces, whether buildings, outdoor spaces or roads. Occupiers must do all they can to keep visitors reasonably safe while on the premises. Failure to uphold the duty of care could mean being liable for an injury sustained in an accident.

An example would be if a supermarket does not ensure shelving is secure and packs on too many products. A shelf collapses onto a passing customer, whose hand is crushed and has to be amputated.

Our advisors can share more information about the rules and legislation relating to amputation compensation claims as part of the free consultation you can get by getting in touch.

Claiming For An Amputation Caused By Medical Negligence

It’s also important to mention that you may be able to make an amputation compensation claim if your injury was caused by medical negligence. Medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses and GPs, have a standard of care they need to adhere to when treating patients. Therefore, you may be able to make a compensation claim if your amputation injury was the result of medical negligence.

An amputation could be required as a result of medical negligence for many reasons. Reasons for potential medical negligence claims for this type of injury could include:

  • A doctor failing to diagnose a certain disease (such as cancer or meningitis) correctly, leading to you being misdiagnosed. The long-term effects of this could include amputation.
  • Poor hygiene from a hospital leading to you requiring an amputation. You could develop sepsis, for instance.
  • A surgeon accidentally removing the incorrect body part. They could operate on the wrong limb due to a clerical error or an error of judgement on their part.

Successful amputation claims revolve around proving that your injury was caused by negligence. To learn more about how to make an amputation claim, please contact us for free using the above details.

Limitation Periods For Amputation Compensation Claims

Personal injury claims are obliged to follow the three-year time limit set out by The Limitation Act 1980. This means that amputation compensation claims must start within three years of the accident which caused the limb loss.

Some cases may call for an exception to the rule, such as if the injured person lacks the mental capacity to start a claim.

Speak to our advisors today to find out your claim’s time limit and to get further insight into potential exceptions.

Making amputation claims

Learn more about how to make amputation claims.

What Evidence Could Prove Amputation Injury Claims?

The best way to prove third-party liability and pursue a claim is through relevant evidence. Amputation compensation claims could be bolstered by:

  • Footage from CCTV or a personal device like a dashcam.
  • Photographs of the accident scene.
  • Medical records.
  • Official records like a car accident report or a work accident book entry.
  • Witness contact information.

A solicitor from our panel can assist in putting evidence together and presenting it during the case. To learn more, just contact our advisors online or over the phone.

How Long Can An Amputation Claim Take?

Many factors could dictate how long an amputation claim could take. When seeking loss of limb compensation, potential factors dictating the length of the claim include:

  • How severe the amputation is. It’s important that you have time to have the required medical treatment (such as having a prosthetic limb attached, for instance). Furthermore, if the amputation is more severe, it can take longer to assess the long-term impacts the injury has had on your life.
  • How complex the case is. For example, if you have a medical negligence claim but the relevant doctor or surgeon is not accepting liability, this means it will take longer to come to an agreement.
  • The cooperation of both parties. Whilst your solicitor will often chase the third party’s legal counsel for a response, if they are taking longer to respond, this will impact how long the amputation claim could take.
  • Assessments of your injury. An independent medical assessment will be organised by your solicitor to help determine the loss of limb compensation you could receive. The third party’s legal counsel may also organise a separate medical assessment.
  • Whether the case needs to go to court. Most amputation claims won’t need to go to court as an agreement on liability is usually made before this stage is required.

To learn more about whether you can make an amputation claim, please contact us for free using the above details.

Get Help From No Win No Fee Amputation Injury Claims Solicitors

Support with evidence is just one of the tasks that can be carried out professionally by an experienced solicitor from our panel. As long as you have a valid claim, a solicitor could take your case under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA.)

CFAs are a form of No Win No Fee contract. There are potential financial benefits regarding making a No Win No Fee amputation claim such as the fact that you wouldn’t have to pay for a solicitor’s legal fees:

  • Upfront;
  • As the case continues;
  • In situations where the claim ultimately fails.

Your solicitor would take a success fee if the claim wins. The success fee is taken as a percentage of the compensation but is subject to a legal cap stated in The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013. It’s also important to bear in mind that the proportion the solicitor will take as a success fee is agreed with you before you start the No Win No Fee claim. 

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While amputation compensation claims do not necessarily require a solicitor’s involvement, the expert guidance of a solicitor from our panel could make your experience much smoother.

You can learn more about this by talking to our advisors for free today. An advisor can go through the specifics of your situation, let you know if you have grounds to make a claim and connect you with a solicitor from the panel.

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Further Information On Serious Injury Claims

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