Hand Amputation Claims
Read our free amputation claims guide that helps victims understand what to do following a hand amputation.
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. They can also be some of the most satisfying cases, as we get to help you through the process as the person responsible for your accident or injury admits that they were at fault for what happened to you and as we are able to get you the finances you need to be able to get your life back on track as far as possible.
Hand amputations are particularly difficult injuries to become used to. Not only was the whole situation around your accident or injury likely to be incredibly distressing, but you also have to learn how to adapt your life to accommodate the difficulties you now face. We all you our hands for the overwhelming majority of our daily tasks and it can take a long time before you stop reaching out automatically and being reminded of what happened to you.
If you have suffered a hand amputation through someone else’s negligence or carelessness, we want to help. 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 solicitors will take the time to listen to you, making sure that we understand the things that you have been through and the ways in which they have impacted your life. This allows us to give you the best possible advice and care and make sure that you get the full compensation that you are entitled to, which goes some way to helping you to rebuild your life.
Surgery For Hand Amputations
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 hand amputation is when the hand is removed under anaesthetic by a surgeon in a hospital. A traumatic hand amputation is when the hand is completely severed during the accident. In some cases, a traumatic hand amputation can be reversed if the hand 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.
Most Common Causes Of Hand Amputations
- Workplace Machinery Accidents
Accidents at work are always stressful, but one serious enough to lead you to lose a hand is so many times worse. If you suffer a hand 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 hand amputation. Machinery accidents leading to a hand amputation usually fall into one of two categories.
- Cutting injuries
where a sharp edge has severed your hand, leading to the traumatic amputation. This is the category of hand amputations that might be possible to be surgically reversed.
- Crush Injuries
where a heavy object has crushed the hand. In these cases, the injuries to the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the hand are likely to be sufficiently severe that there is no hope of recovering use of the hand. In these cases, the hand may be surgically amputated after your accident.
- Cutting injuries
- 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 hand has been crushed by the metal of the car so badly that it cannot be saved. Pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists may find that their hand injuries were caused by the hand 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
Hand 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 hand 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 hand amputation. If you have been in an accident or injury which wasn’t your fault and suffered a hand amputation as a result, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation and a free call back.
How Much Compensation Might I Be Awarded For My Hand Amputation?
It is impossible to give an accurate estimate of the likely compensation payment for your hand amputation claim without knowing the full details of your case. This is why our expert team of personal injury solicitors take the time to fully understand your unique situation. In more general terms, however, your compensation can be divided into two parts.
The first part of your compensation payment following a successful hand injury compensation claim is for the pain and suffering of the injury itself. This will usually be within guidelines published by the Judicial College (a national governing body). These guidelines give broad ranges for the amount of compensation due for different types of injury. The ranges are very broad in order to account for the highly individual nature of injuries and to ensure that the most appropriate sum will be awarded. Amputation of one hand would lead to a payment of between £76,650 and £87,410, while the loss of both hands would attract a payment of between £112,100 and £160,600. Our team of personal injury solicitors have years of experience interpreting these guidelines and will be able to give you a better idea of where on this scale your hand amputation is likely to fall.
This is only the first part of your compensation payment, however. The other aspect that must be taken into consideration is how much it will take to get your life back on track. The purpose of compensation is to help you get as close as possible to the situation you were in before your accident happened. For a hand amputation we recognise that this is impossible, but we want to get you as much of your life back as we can. This part of your claim would include any loss of earnings you may have had as a result of your accident or injury, the loss of future earnings, if you are unable to continue in your previous career as a result of your injuries and any modifications you may require to help you adapt to your new life. This could include providing you with the best quality of prosthetics to allow you to continue with as many of your previous activities as possible or adapting your home so that you are able to continue to lie independently. In many cases, this part of the compensation award can far exceed the amount given for pain and suffering according to the Judicial College guidelines. Our years of experience mean that our expert personal injury solicitors are able to highlight areas where you are making costly changes to your life that you deserve to be compensated for. This enables to make sure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.
How To Start A Hand Amputation Compensation Claim?
Making a compensation claim for your hand 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 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 hand 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.
If you think that you might be able to make a hand amputation claim, call us now on 0121 565 4317 or fill in our claims form to find out how much you can claim for your hand amputation.