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Ankle Amputation Claims

Our free guide is to help victims understand more about ankle amputation and how our injury claims solicitors can get you the justice that you deserve.

Amputations are some of the most serious and difficult cases any personal injury solicitor works with. They are deeply traumatic and debilitating for the victim and lead to life altering consequences. Ankle and foot amputations are always difficult, as they create huge difficulties in getting around, making even simple tasks such as going to your medical and rehabilitation appointments very difficult.

Although we appreciate that money can never compensate for the loss of an ankle or foot, it can make a difference to your recovery. A compensation payment might mean that you are able to get a high quality prosthetic, or mean that you can make modifications to your home that allow you to continue to live independently.

If your ankle or foot amputation was the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim. If you are considering making a claim and would like more information, or if you are ready to being your claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors are ready to help.

What Is An Ankle Amputation

Amputations, whether surgical or traumatic, are thankfully very rare injuries in modern times. When they do occur, they are usually the result of a very serious accident or injury. A surgical ankle amputation is when the ankle is removed under anaesthetic by a surgeon in a hospital. A traumatic ankle amputation is when the ankle is completely severed during the accident. In some cases, a traumatic ankle or foot amputation can be reversed if the foot is brought to the hospital with you and exceptional surgeons are able to reattach it. This is very rare, however, and the time taken to recover both physically and emotionally from such an accident is still very significant.

The Most Common Causes Of Ankle Amputations Are:

  • Workplace machinery accidents. Accidents at work are always stressful, but one serious enough to lead you to lose an ankle or foot is so many times worse. If you suffer an ankle amputation as part of an accident or injury at work, it is highly likely that you will be able to make a compensation claim against your employer. Machinery needs to be fit for purpose and well maintained, procedures need to be in place to avoid dangerous situations and guards and protective equipment must always be available and in use. You must always be fully trained for the equipment you are using and the task you are performing. If any of these things is not carried out adequately, you may be able to make a compensation claim for your ankle amputation. Machinery accidents leading to an ankle amputation usually fall into one of two categories.

    Cutting Injury

    • Cutting injuries, where a sharp edge has severed your ankle, leading to the traumatic amputation. This is the category of ankle amputations that might be possible to be surgically reversed.

    • Crush injuries, where a heavy object has crushed the ankle. In these cases, the injuries to the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the ankle are likely to be sufficiently severe that there is no hope of recovering use of the ankle. In these cases, the ankle may be surgically amputated after your accident.

  • Road Traffic Accidents
    Road traffic accidents can be very serious and can include all kinds of road users. Someone involved in a road traffic accident as a driver or passenger in a car may find that their ankle has been crushed by the metal of the car so badly that it cannot be saved. Pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists may find that their ankle injuries were caused by the ankle scraping across the ground at high speed as a result of the accident, or being crushed or trapped under another vehicle.

  • Medical Malpractice Or Negligence
    Ankle amputations can also be necessary to preserve your life. This occurs most often if you have contracted some form of infection in hospital while you had an open wound, such as gangrene or similar. The hospital may be liable for the loss of your ankle if you had received a routine operation and contracted an illness while in the hospital due to their failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment for your recovery. Medical malpractice cases can be exceptionally hard to prove but are essential, not just for getting you the compensation you deserve but also for holding hospitals and medical practitioners to account and ensuring the safety of others.

Although these are the most common, there are a wide variety of different accidents or injuries which might lead to your ankle amputation. If you have been in an accident or injury which wasn’t your fault and suffered an ankle amputation as a result, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.

How Much Compensation Might I Receive For My Ankle Amputation Claim?

All compensation payments are comprised of two parts. The first part deals with the injury itself. The Judicial College sets out national guidelines to enable claimants (such as yourself) and those responsible for the accidents (if you were injured at work, for example, this would be your employer) to know how much compensation is reasonable for a particular injury. These ranges can be very wide, however, to ensure that the compensation you receive reflects the individual nature of your accident. Ankle and foot amputation injuries are among the most serious, attracting high compensation payments. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors have extensive experience interpreting these guidelines and will be able to give you a clearer estimate of how much compensation you might expect for your ankle or foot amputation injury.

The second part of any personal injury claim is that you must be compensated for any expenses or financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your accident and injury. In the case of ankle or foot amputation injuries, this might include additional transportation costs if you are unable to drive or making modifications to your home to allow you to continue to live as independently as possible. It would also include any loss of earnings you may have suffered, and even a loss of potential earnings if your ankle or foot amputation injury means that you are not able to return to your former career.

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How Do I Make A Ankle Amputation Compensation Claim?

Making a compensation claim for your ankle or foot amputation is the same as making any other personal injury claim. The first thing to do is call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Our caring team of expert personal injury claims solicitors will discuss the details of your claim and make sure that they are offering you the best possible advice.

We recognise that the period after such a severe injury is likely to be financially difficult and we don’t want a lack of funds to be a barrier to you being able to obtain justice. As a result, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. This allows you to receive our expert help in making your ankle or foot amputation claim following your accident or injury without the risk of financial hardship. We also cap our fees as a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will always receive the lion’s share of your compensation payment to put towards your future life.

In order to make a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim, such as for your ankle or foot amputation injury, you first need to sign a no win no fee agreement with us. This allows us to act on your behalf. Once we have this, we will:

  • Write to the other party notifying them that you are making a personal injury claim against them for the accident you have suffered. We will ask them to accept liability (this is the legal term for accepting that they are responsible for what happened) and give them a deadline by which they have to respond. In most cases, the other person or organisation will accept that they are to blame.

  • If the other party does not accept that they were the cause of the accident or injury that you suffered, we will gather evidence in support of your claim. This could be in the form of witness statements, photographs, police reports or testimony from experts in health and safety or a related field. Once we have gathered this evidence, liability is agreed in almost all cases.

  • In the unlikely event that we have to go to court to progress your ankle or foot amputation injury claim, we will make sure that you are supported and informed throughout. This is essential to giving you the peace of mind you need to concentrate on your recovery while we deal with getting you the compensation you deserve.

  • Once liability has been agreed, we will also conduct the negotiations on your behalf. This means that we will be talking to the other party, listening to how much they offer, bringing that offer to you for a decision and putting forward our reasons for why you deserve a higher payment if you decline their offer. Negotiations can leave many of our clients feeling unsure and unsettled, as it can be hard for you to know how much compensation is a fair reflection of the pain, suffering and difficulties you have experienced. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience handling these negotiations and will be able to give you the benefit of this experience making sure that you feel sure in your decisions as to whether to accept or reject a compensation offer. Although we will be conducting the negotiations for you, you remain in control of the process at all times. We will inform you of any and all offers of compensation and give you our opinion as to whether we think it is fair or not. Either way, the final decision is yours and we will support you in this.

If you are considering making an ankle or foot amputation injury claim, or if you are ready to begin your claim, call us now on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form.

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