Amputation/Loss of Limbs Compensation
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Severe injuries like car crashes due to a disaster, medical negligence, or any other type of incident can sometimes lead to the loss of a limb. It can be one of the most severe injuries to come to terms with, but you can be able to make an amputation claim to compensate for your loss. It can be a destructive and traumatic experience, and you can claim compensation to support your rehabilitation and lifestyle changes as an amputee.
What are the different types of Amputation?
Every kind of Amputation bring its complications, some of the common Amputation:
Leg or foot amputation: you’ll need to get used to using a prosthetic limb or a wheelchair, which will need physiotherapy.
Arm or hand amputation: replacement of hands is impossible, so the loss of a hand can stop you from earning for living.
Toe or finger amputation: the loss of a toe can affect your balance, affecting your run and walk.
Compensation amount for an amputation?
Because no two cases are the same, it’s tough to precisely know how much compensation you might receive before making your claim.
The compensation will depend on:
the type and severity of your injuries,
the effect of injuries on your life, and
Any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
According to some official laws, there are some ballpark figures, such as Under the Judicial College rules;
For loss of an arm at the shoulder – £128,710
For middle finger – £13,970
For index finger – £11,420,
For a big toe – £29,380.
Amputation caused by medical negligence
There are certain situations under which you may be eligible to claim.
Suppose you didn’t get the appropriate treatment because of an unjustified diagnosis or a missed diagnosis, and you had to have an amputation as a result. In that case, you may found doctors or medical staff to be negligent. In this case, you can be legally eligible to file a compensation claim for the loss that the delay caused.
Claiming for Amputation caused by accident at work
Amputation injuries often happen in the most dangerous workplaces, where heavy machinery or forklift trucks are usually moving large loads, such as Factories, Mines, Farms, Construction sites
Accidents can also happen in offices and more calm environments. If you have suffered an amputation following an accident at work due to negligence, you can be eligible to claim compensation.
In 2018/19, there were 574 amputations as an effect of work-related accidents.
Amputations in a road traffic accident
Unfortunately, instances of life-threatening accidents and amputations are common today. If you were involved in a road traffic accident and it wasn’t your fault, you still had to go through the harrowing experience of Amputation. Then you might have a strong compensation claim.
Negligence may be difficult to prove sometimes. In some cases, the claimant may be partially responsible for the road traffic accident. One specific example is a road traffic accident where the victim was not wearing a seatbelt. If it is proven “beyond all reasonable doubt” that not wearing a seatbelt had increased the seriousness of the injury leading to the Amputation, then the claimant would be held partly liable. It may end up a significant reduction in compensation which would apportion on a pro-rata basis between both parties.
How to start an amputation claim
Proving that needed, the Amputation was due to an accident caused by somebody else’s fault or negligence is crucial to get an amputation claim compensation.
If you want to claim, firstly, get legal advice for free. After discussing your case, the adviser will tell you whether you could make a case.
Most personal injury solicitors will suggest you sign a No Win No Fee agreement that details the terms under which the lawyer will take up your case. The highlight of such an agreement is that you cannot make any out-of-pocket payments to cover any expenses. The solicitor will bear all costs. You will only be charged a certain fee if your claim is won. Will already this amount agreed on this fee before signing the agreement.