If you have suffered an injury which has resulted in the loss of a limb, you may be able to claim compensation. Whether you have undergone amputation as a result of a road accident, an accident at work or by medical negligence, we can help you get your life back on track.
Loss of limb claims
It goes without saying that losing a limb has a significant impact on your quality of life and your prospects for the future. While there is likely to be a period of trauma, we recommend speaking to our specialist amputation claims solicitors at your earliest convenience to allow us to put your mind at ease and to start your claim.
SH – South Yorkshire
I have waited a little time before writing, I needed time to adjust after a very difficult and trying five years. I wanted to thank you for the way you personally helped me through that time, especially the most critical stages. You were always patient and kind in your understanding. Most of all you always helped me understand at length when I needed that. I can honestly say that it was the person you are at the end of the phone, other than your professional capacity that helped keep me calm and reassured.
AE – Leicestershire
Thank you so much for all your support with this. You’ve been superb at keeping us updated throughout this process. I think we’re all relieved this can now come to an end and that most Importantly there is acknowledgment of responsibility. Thank you for everything. It’s been such a difficult process but your support has kept us all going.
EO – Lancashire
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RH – Cornwall
You cannot improve upon excellence! The communication was easy and I was kept fully informed every step of the way.
BW – Swansea
I was made to fell at ease all the way through the process and was treated as a person not a number by the Solicitor who dealt with my case. Thank you again for everything.
TU – London
Thank you for helping me receive the compensation owed. It was very fast smooth stress free for me which I’m really happy about now I can focus on moving on from all this and remembering my daughter in a more positive way and make good use of the money.Really happy with and highly recommend the service provided by OP Law.
NG – Caerphilly, Wales
Thanks for taking on my claim and the time you dedicated to achieving a successful out come. Much appreciated.
LH – Hertfordshire
Thank you so much for all your support and time in this roller coaster of emotions, confusion and dark times.
LM – Corby
I can’t thank you enough for getting me the answers about my son that I knew were true. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
At OP Law, we appreciate the drastic and life-changing nature of such an injury and the impact this will certainly have on your life. Physical and mental recovery from the injury is, of course, critical but your long-term needs and potentially those of your family will be best served by ensuring you receive the highest possible compensation for your injury.
How long do I have to bring an amputation claim?
The legal time limit for bringing an amputation claim is three years from the date of the incident. If you have suffered an amputation following an accident that was not your fault, or as a result of medical negligence, it is best to seek legal advice as soon as you can.
What is the process of making a claim following amputation?
Our amputation claims lawyers are experienced in dealing with amputation cases. The first step in any case is to assess the merits of the claim by assessing the facts and circumstances of your case. We’ll then provide advice on the best way forward for you.
If you have a valid case and are likely to be successful in your claim, we will then gather evidence to determine who was at fault in the accident. Following this, we will value your claim.
How long will a claim for amputation take?
It is difficult to say exactly how long your claim will take to conclude as much depends on the specific facts of your case, the treatment you require, the extent to which you make a recovery, and at what stage the medical experts can be sure about your prognosis.
Rest assured, OP law are here to guide you through the process and ensure the best outcome for you.
How much compensation could you receive for an amputation claim?
If we establish that the other side was at fault and that you have a claim, we will carefully assess the value of your claim. It is difficult to estimate exactly how much you will receive as each case is different.
There are, however, two types of compensation (known as ‘damages’) you can claim. These are:
General Damages compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of quality of life that you have suffered.
Special damages are to compensate you for financial losses and include, for example, loss of earnings, care costs and travel expenses. You can also claim compensation for future losses which might include a loss of earnings if you can’t return to work and the cost of ongoing treatment.
The factors which will influence the amount of compensation you can claim are:
- The location of the amputation and which limb it was. Whether it was above or below the joint and whether it was a dominant limb will also play a part.
- The effect of the amputation on work, domestic and social life
- The extent to which prosthetics can restore function
- The existence and intensity of any phantom pain
- Whether or not you experience psychiatric symptoms
- Your age
- The risk of further deterioration
- The overall prognosis for restoring mobility/function
The purpose of any compensation is to put you back into the position you would have been in had the accident not happened. While this is impossible with an amputation, the compensation is designed to ensure a similar quality of life.
Claiming compensation for an amputation
Like any personal injury claim, amputation claims need to meet certain criteria. These are:
- You must have suffered an injury. Clearly, if you have lost a limb in an accident then you have suffered a very serious injury.
- Someone needs to be at fault. The injury needs to be the fault of someone else, and they must have failed to meet the correct standard of care while treating you. Even if you are partly to blame for the accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
- The injury must have been caused by the event in question. If the injury/loss may have occurred in any event, or is not causally linked, you will be unable to claim compensation.
- The injury must have occurred (or become obvious) within the last three years. If the injury was longer than three years ago then you will be unable to claim.
If you or someone you know has lost a limb through no fault of their own, OP Law can help you seek financial compensation. Our experienced team will guide you through the complex legal process, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome to your compensation claim. Click here to get in touch or call us on 01727 790510