It is over 20 years since the UK banned the manufacture and use of all asbestos in 1999. However, asbestos was used extensively throughout the UK building industry before it...Read more
Losing a limb is a traumatic experience that affects every part of your life. Our specialist team of serious personal injury solicitors understand what you are going through and have years of experience helping amputees secure maximum limb loss compensation.
If you have experienced limb loss or amputation in a serious accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a limb loss claim.
Our expert limb loss solicitors have the expertise to help you get the amputation compensation you deserve. Your compensation can help you cope with the financial impact of losing a limb, including:
- Loss of wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Travel expenses to medical appointments
- Adaptations to your home or car
- Specialist equipment or devices
Loss of limb compensation can also help you pay for:
- Additional private medical treatment
- Expert rehabilitation and physiotherapy
- Specialist prosthetics
- Psychological help
- Care and support
At Novum Law, we know that your compensation claim is just the start of your journey. As you come to terms with what’s happened, we can help you access specialist rehabilitation services and prosthetics and artificial limb providers so that you benefit from the latest developments in limb loss and amputation treatments.
We offer No Win No Fee funding, which means there is no financial risk to you or any hidden, unexpected costs. In the highly unlikely event, your claim is unsuccessful; you will not have to pay a penny. Find out more information about No Win No Fee.
Book a free initial consultation with our expert road traffic accident solicitors
If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury that results in amputation, through no fault of your own, our specialist solicitors are on hand to advise you on your next steps.
Our network of regional offices includes Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon, offer a personal and professional service to people throughout England and Wales.
Our expertise with limb loss and amputation claims
Over the years, we helped and supported many clients who’ve been amputated due to:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents at work
- Accidents at a public place or event
- Accidents in a private property or place
- Medical negligence
- Military accidents
In 2011, Novum Law Solicitor Annabelle Turner’s life was turned upside down when she was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Bristol. Her injuries meant she needed an above-knee amputation (transfemoral amputation). Today she is a valued member of our specialist personal injury team helping clients who’ve sustained life-changing injuries.
Read about Annabelle’s journey from compensation to rehabilitation and recovery.
Watch Annabelle’s video to hear her talking about her story.
How making a limb loss compensation claim works
Free initial consultation to see if you can make a claim
We offer a free initial consultation if you or a family member has lost a limb due to someone else’s negligence and think you have a claim.
Investigating your limb loss and amputation claim
If you or a family member has been severely injured in an accident and has lost a limb, contact our expert amputation lawyers today.
Our specialist team will listen to what happened to you and give their FREE expert opinion on whether you have grounds for a successful limb loss and amputation claim.
If we take on your case, our solicitors will get to work and gather all the evidence required to make your limb loss claim.
We will also obtain clinical advice from leading independent medical experts and limb loss rehabilitation specialists, including:
- Orthopaedic consultants
- Occupational therapists
- Care and case management experts
This ensures you will have the strongest case possible. Our expert limb loss solicitors will consider your pain and suffering and any costs you have incurred as a result of your life-changing injury, as well as future expenses, such as prosthetics and care costs.
Working out how much compensation you are owed for losing a limb
The value of your limb loss compensation claim is calculated using several factors. These include:
- General damages – how much pain and suffering you are experiencing and the impact on your quality of life
- Special damages – the financial impact of your amputation including loss of earnings, medication and treatment costs, rehabilitation and care costs, travel expenses to appointments, house and vehicle adaptations, any specialist equipment you may need.
Click here to find out more about how compensation is calculated, or contact our expert team for a free chat about your limb loss and amputation claim.
No Win No Fee limb loss and amputation claims
Making an amputation claim with Novum Law is easy and hassle-free. Our amputation claims are funded on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you do not have to worry about legal costs as we progress your claim.
In the highly unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful; you will have nothing to pay. Click here to find out more about No Win No Fee.
Time limits for limb loss and amputation claims
In most limb loss and amputation cases, you have three years from the date your injury happened to make a compensation claim. The time limit is often referred to by lawyers as ‘limitation’.
There are some exceptions to the three-year time limit. For example, if you are making a compensation claim on behalf of a child, the time limit does not start until their 18th birthday. Your child then has a further three years to bring their own claim. However, if they lack mental capacity, and there are no time limits for making a claim on their behalf.
Settling a limb loss and amputation claim out of court
Your limb loss claim probably won’t need to go to court. This means your claim will settle faster and you will get your compensation sooner. However, if your case does go to court, we will be with you every step of the way.
Taking your limb loss and amputation claim to court
If there is no agreement reached (for example, the defendant does not accept negligence or disagrees with the value of the claim) the case may have to go to court. Even if this happens, it does not necessarily mean you will have to go to court. In many amputation cases, the claim settles before the official court hearing date. However, if your claim does have to go to court, your specialist limb loss solicitor will help you through the entire process offering expert support and guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions about limb loss and amputation claims
What is amputation?
Amputation is when a limb is removed either through a traumatic injury (for example, in a road traffic accident) or surgery (for example, to control serious infection).
What are the main types of amputation?
An amputation can happen to any of the body’s limbs, either on the lower or upper half of the body. Lower limb amputations refer to amputations of the legs, feet or toes.
Leg amputations can be:
- Transtibial – below the knee
- Transfemoral – above the knee)
Upper limb amputations involve the arms, hands and fingers. There are several different types of arm amputation including:
- Shoulder disarticulation – amputation at the shoulder
- Trans-humeral amputation – above the elbow
- Elbow disarticulation – through the elbow
- Transradial amputation – below the elbow
- Wrist disarticulation – through the wrist
What are the leading causes of traumatic injury amputation?
Road traffic accidents and work accidents are the main causes of injury-related amputations. You may lose a limb during an accident, or a limb may be surgically removed by doctors after your accident. Sometimes amputations are necessary to save lives after limbs have been badly crushed or there has been significant blood loss.
What is phantom pain?
Many people who have an amputation experience some degree of stump pain or ‘phantom limb’ pain.
Stump pain can have many different causes, including rubbing or sores where the stump is touching a prosthetic limb or nerve damage during surgery.
Phantom pain is a sensation or pain that appears to be coming from the amputated limb. It is a real condition that can be seen in brain imaging scans. Phantom limb pain can range from mild to severe.
How much compensation can I get for the loss of a limb?
The amount of compensation you can expect to receive depends on the details of your case. No two amputation claims are the same. When calculating your compensation, our expert limb loss lawyers will consider your loss of income and the medical expenses incurred, as well as the physical and mental impact your injury and amputation has had on you and your family. At Novum Law, we will do all we can to secure maximum compensation for you.
I’m unable to work because of my amputation. What can I do?
We can help you secure early interim payments while your amputation claim is ongoing if it is agreed the defendant is responsible for your amputation.
These advance payments can fund the cost of rehabilitation, specialist treatment, prosthetics, physiotherapy and equipment during your recovery period before the claim is settled.
You can also use your interim payments to cover your mortgage, household bills, transport expenses, and other essential costs.