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Loss of Limb Injury

Loss of limb compensation claim

It goes without saying the loss of a limb is a serious injury. If your injury has resulted in the loss of a limb, it is vital you seek advice from a personal injury expert fully experienced in all the issues to consider in a case such as yours. LawWin can provide that expertise.

Of course, the challenges go far beyond merely the physical ones. The distress that many of our clients feel can be substantial, not only because of such a traumatic physical injury but also its impact on all other areas of life including the following:

  • The ability to work either now or in the future
  • Whether alternative accommodation, or changes to your current home, need to be considered because of the restrictions from the injury
  • The medical treatment options that could be provided and the possible cost, particularly in relation to a prosthesis
  • The impact on your family – whether it includes the help they may have to give you, or doubts on whether you will be able to support and care for them

As with any serious injury however, we do not pretend that any list, or any words on a website, can ever come close to reflecting the full range of concerns experienced by somebody who has lost a limb.

How the LawWin specialist team can help

We do more than just pursue the compensation claim. Of course, it is an essential part of our job to provide the best legal advice to maximise the chances of your claim succeeding. It is also a vital part of our job to secure the best possible financial outcome in your claim. But we can do more than that. We aim to be the ally you need at the most difficult of times and to help to provide support where we can. We can provide assistance in securing additional support for you such as:

  • exploring whether treatment or rehabilitation therapies can be arranged on a privately funded basis to ensure that your care and treatment is as comprehensive as possible. The NHS provides many services but there are cases where additional therapies can usefully be provided to complement NHS treatments
  • exploring whether higher grade prosthesis can be obtained through private channels, to be funded by the insurers of the party responsible for your injury
  • assess carefully current and future care needs if applicable
  • explore fully the nature of any changes to your accommodation that may have to be considered

How do I start the claim?

As with any claim for a serious injury, one of our specialist solicitors will arrange to visit you at home, if possible. We recognise that our clients believe, rightly, that a claim involving serious injury is too important to be discussed in a telephone call. We think it’s important that, at such a difficult time in your life, you meet and get to know the solicitor who will deal with your claim. We will meet with you, take the time to understand fully not just the accident but the injuries and the way they have affected you, your life and your family.

As with all claims, we will advise fully on questions of fault (liability) for the accident. We will also take time to understand the impact on you and your family of the injuries both physically and emotionally.

But we won’t pressure you. You may well have a number of other priorities at that point and no formal claim would be begun until you felt ready.

If you decide to begin the claim, we will notify the responsible party formally that you are proceeding with a claim. At the same time, we will obtain the necessary medical information to understand the full extent of the effects the injuries are having on you and the treatment options under consideration.

We will consider as appropriate whether privately-funded rehabilitation therapy would have a helpful role to play and will discuss that fully with you. If your claim is to succeed, part of our job is to obtain the necessary medical reports on all aspects of your injury – and in some cases that means more than one report. We take care to ensure that those reports are obtained at the right stage in your recovery to provide the most meaningful opinion possible at that point.

Of course, it is likely that your injuries will limit your employment opportunities in the future. Some cases also involve a need for long term care and support. Our job is to obtain all the evidence necessary to present a full picture to the responsible party’s insurers of all ways in which the injuries will affect you including:-

  • Any future limitation in your ability to undertake some or all types of work
  • Any pension rights affected
  • Any costs arising from changes needed to your property because of the injuries suffered in the accident
  • Any future care needs and costs associated with them

Limb loss compensation awards

While there is no single figure that is “correct” in a legal sense for every injury, there are guidelines to identify ranges of possible awards depending on the type of injury and the severity. The values listed below are for guidance only. A more specific estimate will only be possible once further information is obtained in relation to your injury. The figures below are for only the “pain and suffering” category that a court may award – the figures below do not include any wage loss or other categories of compensation that may or may not be open to you (for more information see What Can I Claim For?)

  • Amputation loss of one or both arms: £104,000 – £228,000
  • Amputation above elbow: £83,300 – £99,500
  • Amputation below elbow: £73,100 – £83,300
  • Loss of both legs: £183,000 – £214,000
  • Above knee amputation of one leg: £79,700 – £104,500
  • Below knee amputation of one leg: £74,400 – £101,000
  • Total or effective loss of both hands: £107,000 – £153,000
  • Total or effective loss of one hand: £73,100 – £83,300