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What Is Amputation And What Does It Mean? Amputation is the loss of a limb either as a result of an accident or a medical procedure. Amputations are devastating and life-changing simply because the majority of the victims lose their independence that they enjoy. While some amputations are the best options especially if it is to prevent the spread of a disease, some are caused by the negligence of a third party and such often leads to amputation claims. We advise victims on taking up Amputation claims if their amputations were triggered by a work accident, medical negligence, or a road traffic accident. We know a lawsuit will not restore your limb, but the compensation offered can assist you to cover your financial losses or even get better medical treatment.
Possible Claim Causes of Amputation
The most common causes of amputations are:
- Road Accidents – this can be a passenger, driver, or a pedestrian. Depending on the severity of the accident, victims can lose one or multiple limbs.
- Accidents at the workplace – employers are bound by the Health and Safety at work Act 1974 which explains that every employer has the duty of care towards their employees and any visitor within the workplace. They should be insured against all possible accidents at the places of work. This means that they can compensate any employee who has been injured in their line of duty. The law demands that the employees are up to date. The machinery should be serviced and well maintained at all times and the users trained and continually supervised in case they are not following the right manual handling procedures. Employers must provide proper personal protective equipment to their staff. Thus, any injury as a result of negligence in the workplace warrants you to make a personal injury claim.
- Medical Negligence – Workers in the healthcare sector are bound by the duty of care not to cause harm to their patients while at work. If any activity is outside this obligation and causes a patient to lose a limb either due to wrong medication, a wrong procedure, a misdiagnosis, mishandled births (mostly cesarean sections and breech births during vaginal deliveries or an operation on the wrong patient, for example, this is termed as medical negligence and can be subject to an Amputation Claim for compensation.
What Can You Claim For in Amputation Claims
Amputation claims are classified as special and general damages. General damages are the physical impact, in this case, amputation. Special damages are the damages directly related to the physical impact the accident had on you. Amputation, whether of a toe, finger, hand or the whole leg, change your daily living. The compensation received from an Amputation Claims will go into improving the quality of your life moving forward after the amputation.
- Adaptation of your current property to suit your condition especially with full leg and arm amputations.
- Pain and suffering both emotionally and physically.
- Loss of earnings. Many different things may cause it. Car accidents that led to amputations mean that for a taxi driver or a bus driver, they have to discontinue their work because they rely on their legs or hands to drive. Factory workers who have gone through arm amputations could be laid off because they need their arms to operate machinery. You should make an amputation claim if the procedure force you to stop working.
- Medical Expenses – this includes getting prosthetics, surgical operations, and cost of travel to and from the hospital – some of which the specialists are far located.
- Rehabilitation costs to help pay for the rehabilitation sessions required before going back to gainful employment.
- A car that is suitable for your current situation.
What Are Time Limits For Making Amputation Claims?
If you have suffered any amputation because of third party negligence then you could be eligible for a claim for compensation. The Amputation claim should be within three years from the time the accident. However, some instances involving medical negligence cases may be longer depending on the nature of the negligence. The earlier you contact us with your Amputation Claim, the better for you because it gives us sufficient time to piece up the case ready for submission to the relevant insurance company within the time frame.
What Do I Need To Start An Amputation Claim
Amputation claims like many other personal injury claims are pretty straightforward. If you believe that your amputation was due because of negligence by a third party then:
- Call us immediately on 0121 565 4317. Our highly qualified and empathetic advisors will listen to your case and ask you a few questions to clarify your situation and determine which solicitor in the team will be best suited to handle your case.
- One of our able advisors will connect you to one of our suitable expert Amputation Solicitors who will then take the case, do a risk assessment, and let you know your chances of winning. They will also let you know if they are willing to take up the Amputation claim case after doing their risk assessment.
Evidence Needed Amputation Claims?
For an Amputation claim to be strong and winnable, there needs to be strong evidence and proof to back up your statements –
- Photographic evidence of the scene of the accident.
- Accident recorded in your work accident book. This involves letting your immediate supervisor know and insisting on recording the incident in the accident book. This is proof that the company admits that the accident indeed happened within the premise.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. If in a state of consciousness, let the doctor know as much detail as possible about the accident and this should be written down.
- If it’s a road traffic accident, gather witness statements; this could be from other people directly involved, for example, pedestrians, onlookers and other passengers and 3rd party driver details if you can.
Is It No Win No Fee For Amputation Claims?
While your case could be outright negligence, insurance companies cover their employers who have legal departments out to defend their clients. This means that your best chance at ever getting fair and maximum compensation and your case not being dismissed is hiring an expert Amputation Solicitor. We at Claim Justice understand that the cost of hiring a solicitor is out of range for many. That’s why we have a No Win No Fee agreements to ensure that everyone with a genuine case receives justice. With a No Win No Fee agreement, you don’t have to pay a single penny until you receive your compensation. In that case, you and the Amputation Solicitor will have a prior signed agreement that gives them a percentage of the amount you receive commonly known as a success fee which is looked at as the cost of the legal services offered. If the solicitor fails to secure you any compensation, you are under no obligation to pay them anything and therefore free to walk away without losing any money.
Amputation Compensation Claim Amounts
The amount you receive varies greatly depending on the type of amputation you went through and the extent of financial losses you have incurred and the projected and future losses in earnings. Your Amputation Solicitor will have a look at the Amputation claim by the judicial amputation compensation amounts decide on what they think could be the highest amount you will receive. The Amputation claims amounts vary on case to case basis:
- Both arms amputation – compensation ranges between £126,750 to £199,800
- One arm amputation – compensation is not less than £125,000
- Amputation of a finger (single or multiple) – this can be complete amputation of one or multiple fingers or just partial amputation which renders the hand almost or totally useless. The compensation ranges between £12,000 to £49,000
- Below the elbow amputation – Compensation value ranges between £72,000 to £90,000
- Above the elbow amputation – Compensation value ranges between £78,000 to £97,000
- Above the wrist amputation – Compensation value ranges between £78,000 to £97,000
- Amputation of one below the knee – Compensation amount ranges between £80,000 to £112,000
- Amputation of one leg above the knee – Compensation amount ranges between £83,000 to £117,000
- Both legs below the knee amputation – Compensation amount ranges between £185,000 to £210,000
- Amputation of both legs – Compensation amount ranges between £190,000 to £207,000
- Amputation of one or multiple toes – Compensation amount can be anywhere between £38,000 and £57,000
If you can prove that your amputation was as a result of third party negligence then call us today on 0121 565 4317 for a FREE NO OBLIGATION session with our NO Win No Fee amputation solicitors.
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