If a loss of limb injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Amputation is a life-altering event that can cause significant physical, emotional, and financial strain. If your life, or the life of a loved one, has undergone amputation, as a result of medical negligence or an accident, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim amputation compensation.

You can make an amputation compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist solicitor. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you navigate the legal process and understand your rights, and your solicitor will work with diligence and compassion to ensure that you receive the No Win, No Fee compensation you need to ,move forward.

With 4,000 amputation admissions each year, you are not alone

Amputations are most common in the context of severe accidents, medical conditions, or as a result of complications from other injuries. They are more frequently seen in industrial or construction accidents where heavy machinery is involved, in severe traumatic incidents like car crashes, and as a medical necessity due to conditions like severe diabetes or peripheral arterial disease.

3,793 patients were admitted to hospital with traumatic amputation injuries in 2021-22, according to a review of NHS data (digital.nhs.uk).

Improvements in the speed and quality of treatment for catastrophic injuries has meant that amputees can expect a better prognosis following their injury. Advancements in medical and prosthetics technology also means that injured people can expect to return to a better quality of life and work.

For information on amputation support and treatment, see: amputation advice and support (nhs.uk).

How are amputation injuries defined?

Traumatic amputation

Traumatic amputation refers to limb loss resulting directly from an accident, often involving heavy machinery at work or severe road accidents causing crush injuries. These unexpected amputations typically entail greater physical and emotional distress compared to planned surgical amputations. This added suffering is often considered in calculating a higher compensation award.

Surgical amputation

Surgical amputation is necessary in cases where severe accidents require limb removal after unsuccessful treatment, or due to illnesses like Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) or diabetes complications.

The procedure is also sometimes performed for badly damaged body parts in accidents, severe infections, or in rare cases, cancer in a limb.

While illnesses themselves aren't typically grounds for claims, misdiagnosis leading to delayed treatment could warrant compensation for harm caused by the delay. Recovery from surgical amputation, generally more straightforward than from traumatic amputation, still requires extensive, long-term specialist support.

Am I eligible for amputation injury compensation?

You will be able to claim compensation if you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Is a claim still possible if I am partly liable?

Ascertaining who is liable for an accident is not always straightforward and can often involve blame on both sides.

In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents said they either were unsure of which party was responsible, or believed they were partially responsible for their injuries.

You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident. Claims where there is fault on both sides (contributory negligence) are often resolved with a split liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to make an amputation injury claim?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for an amputation injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Amputation injury compensation calculator

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses you incur as a result of your amputation injury or negligent medical treatment. These damages aim to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had your injury not occurred.

Special damages will also cover your medical treatment expenses, that might include hemorrhage control, pain relief, surgical amputation or revision and prosthesis fitting.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average amputation injury general damages compensation

The following amputation injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Arm amputation
£218,900 to £272,730
£99,680 to £119,030
£87,420 to £99,680
Over £124,690
Finger injury
Loss of part of the little finger £3,590 to £5,330
Loss of the terminal phalanx of the ring or middle finger £3,590 to £7,150
Amputation of the terminal phalanges of the index finger Around £22,720
Amputation of several fingers £56,280 to £82,500
Partial loss of index finger £11,060 to £17,040
Total loss of index finger Around £17,040
Amputation of little finger £7,850 to £11,130
Total loss of middle finger Up to £14,850
Amputation of ring or little finger injury Around £19,830
Foot injury
Loss of one foot £76,330 to £99,680
Loss of both feet £154,000 to £183,170
Hand injury
Loss of both hands Up to £127,870
Loss of one hand £87,420 to £99,680
Leg injury
Loss of one leg above the knee £95,300 to £124,970
Loss of one leg below the knee £89,070 to £120,900
Loss of both legs below the knee £183,170 to £245,550
Thumb injury
Amputation of thumb £32,290 to £49,850
Toe injury
Around £28,460
£33,200 to £50,980

Claiming compensation for psychological injuries

Although psychiatric injuries are less obvious than physical injuries and illness, mental health conditions can be no less debilitating.

Our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey found that 29.03% of claimants reported a psychological injury, with 70.97% of these relating to a physical injury.

Amputations can have profound psychological impacts, including grief over lost function and the loss of the pre-injury life, depression relating to body image concerns, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Psychiatric harm is less obvious than physical injury, but the consequences can be just as difficult to deal with.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

Securing the best possible outcome

Making a claim for compensation provides the funding needed to adapt your life and continue to benefit from these advancements. Securing the best possible financial settlement is only part of what a good solicitor will do for you.

If you have suffered a serious injury that led to the amputation of a limb, you will need legal assistance that supports your overall physical and psychological rehabilitation. This can include:

  • A thorough and independent needs assessment
  • Access to treatments and therapies not always available on the NHS
  • Early financial assistance with treatment, support, home modifications etc.
  • Help in finding state-of-the-art prostheses
  • Coordination with rehabilitation providers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and wheelchair providers
  • Arranging for a Blue Badge where appropriate
  • Ensuring that your compensation is ring-fenced by a Personal Injury Trust to protect it from tax and means testing
  • Organising welfare benefits advice

Help with bills, mortgage payments and financial admin

A specialist solicitor will also act to protect your home and your family's finances, and will liaise with your bank or building society concerning mortgage payments and other loans, direct debits and standing orders. They can also contact credit card companies, credit hire providers and also utility companies regarding household bills.

Our expert amputation claim solicitors

Amputation compensation is a highly specialised area of the law. These claims should not be handled by a general personal injury solicitor.

Working with a lawyer with specific experience in handling amputation claims is critical in ensuring the best possible outcome for the claimant.

Kevin Walker is the most experienced lawyer on our amputation solicitor panel and heads up a team of highly experienced amputation claim solicitors.

Over the last 20 years, Kevin has successfully achieved numerous amputee settlements in excess of £1m for his clients. He has a particular expertise in active prosthetics and assistive technology. Through this interest and his experience, Kevin has been able to help many clients overcome a range of mobility, dexterity and confidence issues following amputation.

A recent amputation settlement achieved by Kevin was for a 56-year-old male transtibial amputee at £1.4m.

Protecting your compensation sum with a Personal Injury Trust

Compensation awards for amputation injuries will frequently exceed £100,000s. The amount is carefully assessed to ensure that the claimant can afford the treatment, support and prosthetics they need, both immediately and on an ongoing basis.

Although awards are sometimes paid out in the form of regular payments, it is common for claimants to receive a single large, lump sum. This sum must be handled properly and with the benefit of independent financial advice.

Setting up a personal injury trust ensures that the funds are not depleted too soon and are not counted against means-tested state benefits, such as jobseeker's allowance and housing benefit.

The overall award calculation will also factor in the rate of return that the claimant can expect to make by investing their money conservatively. Without specialist advice, it can be difficult to safely achieve the return required to ensure that the money goes as far as it needs to.

Read more:

Should I set up a Personal Injury Trust?

Going beyond legal advice with a bespoke 'Care Package'

Your solicitor should also be able to help provide you with a care package tailored to your needs.

The care package will follow the independent assessment and can include a wide range of treatments like physiotherapy and psychotherapy. Packages can also include treatments like mirror box therapy to retrain the brain and electrical stimulation and advanced pain management treatments.

The care package will assess the suitability of your home and car and ensure that suitable mobility modifications are carried out.

Ensuring that you are able to get around, both in the short and long term, will also be considered. Wheelchair technology has made quantum leaps over recent years and your solicitor will ensure you have access to the latest improvements.

Amputation claim case study 1

Compensation of £287,000 was awarded to a 36 year-old woman for crush injuries to her finger. The claimant was injured after her finger was trapped in the door of a beauty salon.

The claimant was leaving premises operated by the defendant. The front door slammed shut quickly behind her. Her right index finger was trapped and crushed.

The injuries were severe. She was taken to hospital and admitted. Reconstructive surgery was attempted. After three days the finger had to be amputated. It had developed necrosis that could not be treated. Amputation was in the middle of her finger at the mid phalanx.

An orthopaedic consultant examined the claimant. Three main problems were diagnosed. She could not use a keyboard as before in her work. Elbow pain developed likely due to repetitive strain caused by losing her finger.

The claimant became intolerant to cold. She could not work outside and daily activities were hampered. Her grip was reduced. She required aid in some circumstances.

Psychological symptoms occurred and the claimant was diagnosed with an adjustment disorder. The claimant was generally anxious and socially withdrawn.

A prosthetic finger was recommended to improve her physical and psychological problems. a clinical prosthetist recommended a functional and cosmetic prosthetic be used.

It was alleged the defendant was negligent insofar as they failed to have an effective door mechanism to regulate the speed the door closed.

Settlement

Liability was admitted by the defendant, and the matter did not proceed to a court hearing.

Compensation of £287,000 was accepted by way of an out of Court settlement. £20,634 of the damages was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity." Future prosthetic costs were accepted in the sum of £179,457.

£62,651 was awarded for the negative effect on her ability to work. Past sundry losses of £6,916 were accepted. Future sundry expenses including travel and equipment of £17,342 were accepted.

Amputation claim case study 2

Solicitors secured compensation of £172,500 for a 68 year-old market trader with serious leg injuries following an accident with a refuse lorry.

The claimant was setting up a market stall when the slow-moving vehicle ran over his left foot.

The injuries were severe and immediately very painful. The claimant was taken to hospital. His foot could not be saved and he required an amputation below the knee of his left leg.

After being discharged, the claimant was unable to return home because he could not manage the stairs. He required crutches and a wheelchair initially and received intensive physiotherapy.

The man received care and assistance from his family. He could not return to work on the market stall and was unable to pursue active hobbies he enjoyed before the accident.

The claimant also experienced flashbacks of the accident and had psychological therapy to treat his post-traumatic stress. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, and experienced a prolonged depressive reaction.

Allegation

It was alleged the refuse company was negligent insofar as the vehicle was too wide to pass through the street when the market was in operation.

The defendant maintained that as the front wheels had passed safely the claimant must have moved placing himself in danger as the vehicle passed.

The claimant was injured severely by the crushing injury. The damage led to his leg being amputated below the knee.

The claimant would be unable to return to work on the market stall. His life would be severely affected.

Compensation settlement

Although liability was not admitted, the defendant agreed to an out of court compensation settlement of £172,500, broken down as follows:

  • £90,000 for 'pain, suffering and loss of amenity.'
  • £40,000 for care costs
  • £45,000 for loss of earnings
  • £49,000 for a prosthetic limb
  • £26,000 for aids and equipment
  • The remainder for sundry expenses and interest.

Rehabilitation

For many amputees, the total value of a compensation award itself may be less important than access to physical therapy and support.

Who we work with

Your solicitor will help you make contact with the right specialists to help guide and support you through your rehabilitation. These experts include:

  • specialist medical consultants,
  • prostheses companies such as Pace Rehabilitation, Dorset Orthopaedic and Ability Matters
  • wheelchair providers
  • rehabilitation providers
  • occupational therapists and physiotherapists, and
  • independent financial advisers

Your life after an amputation

We understand that making a claim is just one part of an ongoing rehabilitation process. Quittance's network of solicitors have helped people return to work and active lifestyles.

Through handling your claim, your solicitor will also build a lasting relationship with you and your family. They will provide access to ongoing support as you need it, gaining access to advancements in science and technology, including microprocessor prostheses and PLP therapy.

What happened?

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Chris Salmon, Director

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