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Amputation Compensation Claims

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Shoosmiths has helped many clients who have suffered amputations, whether as an immediate consequence of their accident or in surgery later. Amputation claims need to be handled with care and precision since whatever the cause, amputation means you will probably need to fund specialist equipment and support for life.


Serious accidents in which limbs and body parts are severed by the sheer force of impact are classed as traumatic amputation. This type of major injury is common in road traffic accidents involving cars or motorbikes and accidents at work, particularly when people are working with dangerous or unguarded machinery.

Even if not an immediate and direct result of an accident, the injuries sustained can be such that a limb that cannot be saved needs to be surgically amputated as a last resort to prevent life-threatening complications.

Nigel Dicker suffered life changing injuries in a motorcycle accident. Shoosmiths solicitors fought to get him substantial compensation and the best possible medical treatment and rehabilitation.Watch his story in the video below:

Making an amputation claim to secure rehabilitation support at the earliest possible opportunity is essential. Quite apart from the practical problems the loss of a limb can present, the psychological effect can be equally devastating. The future may seem bleak and uncertain to many recent amputees. It’s also likely that your employment may be affected, adding financial worries to the more immediate challenges you face.

The team of dedicated amputation solicitors at Shoosmiths can help. We will ensure you get support for your immediate and ongoing medical, social and family needs when you need it, for as long as you need it.

Securing early intervention and rehabilitation is key in managing the medical and social consequences of amputation. Our amputation solicitors will aim to give you access to state-of-the-art prosthetic and other specialist equipment experts and funding for modifications to your home so you can be as mobile and as independent as possible.

Darren Pugh was injured in a road traffic accident and had to undergo lower limb amputation.  Shoosmiths solicitors helped him get his life back on track. Watch Darren's story below:

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Amputation government help and benefits

Central and local government help and benefits are available to amputees. These can include Personal Independence payments to help with your additional needs, a disabled blue badge for parking and possibly carers allowance if someone is needed to provide additional care. Social Services may help fund any modifications needed to the home and you may also qualify for housing benefit and council tax support.

In general, government support is either means-tested, based on your current income and savings, or based on your National Insurance contributions and an assessment of the level of your disability.

The standard, comfort and effectiveness of prosthetic devices and artificial limbs is improving for virtually every amputee, but the cost can be prohibitive for the NHS. That's why it's desirable for any amputation claim to cover the cost of these state-of-the-art prostheses so you're not solely relying on NHS funding.

Setting up a Personal Injury Trust may also be necessary to protect any pay-out award and preserve entitlement to means-tested state support.

To find out exactly what you are entitled to, visit your local Jobcentre Plus or other useful sources of help and information such as the Citizens Advice Bureau. Civilian amputation charities such as the Limbless Association, Limbcare or the Douglas Bader Foundation and ex-services personnel charity BLESMA are very good sources of information about what support is available to amputees and their families.

How do I make an amputation claim

There are statutory time limits involved in making any personal injury claim, so it is important that you or a relative speaks to us as soon as possible so we can gather medical and financial evidence in support of your amputation claim.

Our specialist lawyers will listen to you and give you and your family initial advice without any cost or obligation to use our services. We will happily visit you at home, in hospital or wherever else is convenient for you.

If you proceed with your claim, our immediate priority will be your health. If needed we can arrange early treatment, obtaining interim payments from the other side to fund any private medical care in order to ensure your needs are met as quickly as possible.

We will also arrange for medical experts to assess your injuries and prepare comprehensive reports in order to properly value your claim. If your injuries were caused by another motorist, your claim will be made against their insurance company. We can also help with amputation claims involving uninsured or untraceable drivers, obtaining settlement from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Any damages award will be based on loss of earnings since it is likely that your ability to work will be significantly affected, and all your other out of pocket expenses as well as remuneration for the pain or suffering you’ve experienced. The claim will also cover the need to fund any specialist equipment and prostheses or modifications to the home you may require as well as any ongoing therapy for as long as you need it.


If I have an amputation case

Amputation claims would at first sight appear to be relatively straightforward cases. The nature and extent of the injury is immediately obvious, so there can be no debate about whether your injury will affect you. The only questions will be how much and what kind of support you and your family will need?

These cases can take time to establish both the extent to which you may be disadvantaged by the amputation and to get whoever was at fault for causing the injury to admit blame. Like any other personal injury claim, you will have a good case if we can prove that, on the balance of probabilities, your injuries and amputation were the result of someone else’s negligence.

Many victims of amputation accidents in the workplace are reluctant to take legal action against their employer for fear of jeopardising future employment, if they are indeed fit to return to work. This should not deter you. The law protects employees who take justified legal action if their employer’s negligence was responsible for their injuries.

You need not worry about the cost of taking action either. Our No-Win-No-Fee amputation claim solicitors can manage your case from initial conversation to final settlement with absolutely no financial risk to you.

If we are convinced you do have a case, our priorities will be to arrange immediate therapy and rehabilitation as well as ensuring that you and your family do not suffer financially in the short or long term.

More about amputation claims

Every amputation solicitor in Shoosmiths specialist personal injury team knows that securing rehabilitation support at the earliest possible time after an amputation is crucial. We have helped hundreds of amputees regain their independence, self-esteem and mobility and given them renewed confidence to face an often uncertain future.

Wherever possible we use the Rehabilitation Code to access early support to address the obvious and less apparent physical and psychological complications that amputees can suffer, such as phantom limb pain or the psychological impact of losing a limb.

The Rehabilitation Code was developed jointly between insurers and solicitors to promote co-operation and is supported by all the main associations for insurers and personal injury lawyers in the UK.

The Code maintains that ensuring and improving your quality of life should be the first priority of your solicitor and should also be the aim of your opponent's insurance company. The code is designed to promote the use of rehabilitation and early intervention in the claims process so that you make the best and quickest possible recovery.

That’s why Shoosmiths will take the lead in assessing your medical and financial needs and make sure any immediate needs are met by securing interim payments as required and negotiating the best possible award to enable continuing treatment, support and assistance for the rest of your life.

We will work with you and your family to understand your individual case, identify your individual needs and help you gain access to tailored rehabilitation so that you can return, as much as possible, to independent living.

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  • Paul Ashust

    Paul Ashurst

    Principal Associate

    Personal injury

    I deal with civil litigation for individuals whose claims involve complex liability issues as well as leading a team of lawyers within our serious injuries unit who deal with high value personal injury litigation.

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  • Rose Donoghue, serious injury lawyer

    Rose Donoghue


    Personal injury

    I am a Consultant at Shoosmiths, I have been a personal injury lawyer for over 26 years and I act for individuals who have sustained injuries that have had a significant impact on their quality of life and a lasting impact on their family.

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  • Chris McKinney

    Chris McKinney


    Personal injury

    I am national head of the personal injury team at Shoosmiths. I qualified as a solicitor in 1984.

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'Shoosmiths got me the rehab I needed and really helped with my family. They were fantastic throughout.'

Nicola Cooper, who suffered a serious brain injury after a seemingly trivial car accident.

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