Amputation Claims

Amputation injuries are life changing for the victim and their loved ones.

If you or someone you know have suffered an amputation injury you may be able to bring a claim for compensation if it can be proven the injury was caused by the negligence of another. It is important you choose solicitors who are experienced in this area. At Waldrons our solicitors have recovered millions of pounds for our clients who have suffered such life changing injuries.

Early rehabilitation can be key to any recovery and Waldrons will be able to assist you in accessing such rehabilitation as part of any claim for compensation you make.

This assessment would involve an experienced healthcare professional visiting you (normally at home) to assess your immediate/short term care and medical needs were and make recommendations for action to be taken in these respects which could be adaptations to your home, funding for medical treatment, occupational therapy, help with transport etc.

Given the inconsistency of NHS funding/provision you are entitled to claim the private cost of state of the art prosthetics, both for everyday life activities and leisure/sporting activities. The costs associated with lifelong prosthetic provision are substantial and we would seek to ensure these costs are met by the Defendant insurer.

As experienced solicitors in this area we also understand the traumatic effect of phantom limb pain you may experience as an amputee (Pain which feels like it is coming from the amputated limb). Not all amputees suffer phantom limb pain but for others it can be incredibly difficult to manage and this should be taken into account when assessing your compensation.

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What are the different types of amputation injuries?

Amputations are needed for a number of reasons, including traumatic accidents, infections and disease. The loss of a limb can occur at work, particularly if you regularly work with heavy machinery or undertake physical work. If you’ve lost a limb, fingers or toes as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries.

What are the most common causes of amputation injuries?

Most commonly amputation injuries are caused by serious road traffic accidents and accidents at work.


If you have suffered an amputation injury as a consequence of a road traffic accident our experienced solicitors will assist you with making a claim for compensation even where the other driver is not insured or has not been identified.


Our solicitors have dealt with many serious road traffic accidents on behalf of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists which have lead to amputations.


Our solicitors have also dealt with many serious accident at work cases involving amputations. If you have suffered an amputation injury at work (perhaps because of a fall from height or by being trapped/struck by moving equipment) our amputation injury specialist solicitors can help you bring a compensation claim. In such cases the Health and Safety Executive will normally be involved and will be undertaking their own investigation. We can liaise with them on your behalf.


Whatever the circumstances it is important that you seek legal advice given how serious and life changing amputation injuries can be.

How much compensations will I receive for an amputation?

The compensation you may recover if you have suffered an amputation injury can vary greatly depending on the type of injury, its effect on you and your personal circumstances at the time the accident occurred.


Compensation is divided into two categories; General Damages and Special Damages.


General Damages

This is an amount of money which is intended to compensate you for the pain suffering and loss of amenity caused by the accident. It would be necessary to obtain expert medical evidence which would assist the Court in determining what award to make in this respect.


Awards for General Damages are comparatively low in the UK when looking at other countries, for instance in the US.


General Damages are assessed by considering previously decided cases where compensation awards have been made for similar injuries. When assessing General Damages, Judges also use Guidelines called Judicial College Guidelines which help them decide what award to make.


The Guidelines offer brackets of awards depending on the type of amputation injury suffered. For instance;


(i) Loss of Both Legs (at least one above knee at a high level) will attract a General Damages figure in the range £240,790 to £282,010

(ii) Below knee amputation of both legs will attract a General Damages figure in the range £201,490 to £270,100

(iii) An above knee amputation of one leg will attract a General Damages figure in the range £104,830 to £137,470 and a below knee amputation in the range of £97,980 to £132,990

(iv) Amputation of both arms will attract a General Damages figure in the range of £240,790 to £300,000


Special Damages

Special Damages is essentially another term for financial losses.


These losses can be claimed in addition to General Damages


As an amputee Claimant you are able to recover your reasonable financial losses caused by the accident. The assessment of Special Damages is intended to put you in the same financial position had the accident not occurred.


There are a number of different types of financial losses you may be able to claim. Below is not an exhaustive list but is intended to illustrate the types of claims which can be brought.


Loss of earnings

Clearly if you are unable to work or not able to return to your previous job then past and future loss of earnings can be claimed, including loss of promotion prospects.


Care and assistance

You are likely to require significant care and assistance as a consequence of the injury and the cost/value of that care can be included in any claim into the future.



You are entitled to claim the lifelong private cost of state of the art prosthetics, both for everyday life activities and leisure/sporting activities.


Aids and equipment

You are likely to need certain other medical aids and equipment to assist with your recovery and ongoing daily functioning/ rehabilitation. Again these can be included in any claim together with their replacement costs into the future.



You are likely to require special adaptations made to your accommodation or indeed you may need to move into alternative accommodation if your current living arrangements are not suitable for you. These are costs that can be included in the claim.



You are likely to require a special vehicle as transport and/or you are likely to require a higher class of airline travel to meet your needs. These costs can be included.


Medical Treatment/Rehabilitation

You are likely to require ongoing medical treatment/rehabilitation. These costs can be included in any claim for compensation.


Legal/Professional fees

If you have also suffered a brain injury the costs associated with the appointment of a Deputy on your behalf can be included in addition to costs associated with the management of any fund.


The above are just some examples of what can be claimed on your behalf. As we have said before it all depends on your individual circumstances.

Why use Waldrons for Amputation Injury Claims?

We offer a no-obligation, free initial discussion with you. We’ll go through what happened and explain your options. If you’d like to arrange for a call from one of our specialist Personal Injury Lawyers, please click here.

What type of Amputation Claims can Waldrons help me with?

Our team have handled claims in respect of unnecessary amputations arising as a result of negligence including:
• Delayed diagnosis
• Misdiagnosis
• Surgical errors
• Failure to deliver appropriate care post-surgery
• Poor wound management
• Blood clots
• Infection
• Delay in diagnosis of vascular disease such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and cancer

How much does it cost to make a claim for an amputation or loss of a limb?

Claims of this type can be funded by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement also known as a ‘no win no fee’ agreement.  If you enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement and your claim is successful, most of the legal costs will be paid by your opponent.  Some of the costs that are not recoverable from your opponent will be recovered from you by way of a deduction from your damages but capped a maximum of 25%.
Other funding options may also be available to you for example Legal Expense Insurance that may extend to your claim.  We can discuss your funding options with you and let you know the best way to fund your claim.

Are there any time limits to making a claim?

Yes. You should start a claim as soon as possible. Generally, you will need to start Court proceedings within three years of the negligence happening or within three years of the date you knew or ought to have known negligence had occurred. After those three years the Defendant will be able to raise ‘limitation’ as a defence to any claim, and argue that you are out of time to bring a claim.  There are some exceptions to this limit, although the best way of finding out whether you are in time to bring a claim is to speak to one of our specialist lawyers.

Why choose Waldrons?

Flexibility We are available for appointments at your home, at hospital or another location that’s convenient for you.
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Experts Our specialist Personal Injury lawyers are ranked in legal directories.
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Experienced Our Personal Injury team have recovered millions of pounds in compensation for their clients.
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