Rachel Holt, head of our Accidents at Work team discusses in what circumstances you can claim for compensation if you have had a limb amputated
Approximately 5,000 amputations are carried out in the UK every year. The most common reason for an amputation is a loss of blood supply to the affected limb, accounting for 70% of all amputations.
There are various other causes of amputation including serious infection or trauma.
Amputation will most commonly involve loss of a limb e.g. arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers or toes. However, other parts of the body can be affected.
Can I claim compensation for an amputation injury?
A number of different incidents could give rise to an amputation injury. These include: -
- Car accidents
- Accidents at work, for example, crush injuries or incidents involving machinery
- Chemical injuries causing severe burns
- Military accidents
- Avulsion injuries e.g. dog bites
- Construction accidents
- Medical negligence – for example, failure to diagnose diabetes, surgical errors, development of infections whilst under the care of medical practitioners
Irrespective of what causes an amputation injury, the effect of losing a limb will be life changing and is likely to have a considerable impact both from a physical and psychological perspective.
How can we help?
Our specialist team can help you in a number of ways. Obtaining compensation for your injuries, whilst important, is just one part of the overall picture.
Initially, we can help identify and arrange the necessary treatments and rehabilitation to assist you with the recovery following an amputation injury. It is likely that various health practitioners will be required in the early stages of your recovery including physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Early intervention is key to recovery and we can assist with your most urgent needs which may require obtaining what is known as an “interim payment”. This is an advance payment where liability has been admitted by the negligent party and is issued before the final compensation figure has been agreed or awarded.
We understand that there are likely to be lifelong effects of such a catastrophic injury and we are committed to assisting you with your current and future needs. Depending on your case, examples of longer-term needs could include: -
Long-term care and/or case management
- Ongoing rehabilitation
- Adaptations to your home or alternative accommodation
- Prosthetics and other specialist equipment
- Occupational therapy and/or retraining
- Psychological treatment
If you have suffered an injury in an accident and think that you may have a claim, please contact us to discuss the matter on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our specialist team will get back to you right away.