Loss of limb and amputation claims
Our expert amputation injury lawyers represent individuals who have suffered a limb loss after an accident or collision on the road, a cycling crash, an accident at work and other accidents in a public setting.
Stuart Kightley Partner
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Making a loss of limb or amputation claim
Below, we will guide you through the process of making a claim. You will also find out why it’s important to choose a specialist lawyer and what you can expect from them. Finally, you will hear from some of our clients who have suffered an amputation and how we have been able to help them.
Respected advocates for amputee rights
At Osbornes, we fight fearlessly to get amputees the best care following an amputation. We’re a proud legal panel member of the Limbless Association and are passionate about helping new amputees get immediate access to advice, coping strategies and support from leading experts. Through our work with the Limbless Association, we have witnessed firsthand the value and encouragement provided by this community and know the difference it has made to peoples lives.
Leading amputation lawyers
Amputation can change everything about your life. First, there’s the physical injury to deal with, which can affect your ability to work and carry out normal daily activities. Then there’s the psychological impact of losing a limb. Some people suffer significant emotional after-effects and almost everyone goes through a period of mental readjustment.
Osbornes have decades of experience in helping individuals and their families deal with these readjustments. The way we help is by making sure you have access to the best possible medical and surgical treatment, the best rehabilitation and that you receive the appropriate financial award to cover your injuries. Our lawyers act quickly on your behalf to secure treatments and much needed early financial payments.
We’ve helped those who have become amputees following:
- An accident at work
- Accident on a construction site, including not being provided correct protective equipment and training
- Accidents involving heaving machinery
- Road traffic accidents
- Cycling accidents
We know that the impact of your injury and the needs of you and your family will change over time. With this in mind, it is the aim of our lawyers to ensure you receive continuous support for your long term future. This future may mean not being able to return to a job you previously enjoyed. Your lawyer will take this into account when negotiating the financial aspect of your package.
If you have lost a limb due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a compensation claim. Find out how our team can help you after a loss of a limb.
Amputation Claims FAQs
What are the different types of amputation claims?
Traumatic amputations occur either as a direct result of trauma, such as loss of a finger while operating machinery or following an injury that is so severe that the limb cannot be saved and must be removed, such as in a serious crushing wound. Road traffic accidents, malfunctioning machinery and inadequate health and safety at work are all common causes of traumatic amputation.
Above and below the knee amputations
In developed countries, trauma is the second leading cause of leg amputation. In the UK, of the approximately 5000 amputations performed each year, between 7-9% are due to trauma. People who undergo leg amputation following trauma are at high risk of suffering poor physical and mental health, long-term.
The idea of medical amputation may seem counterintuitive. Medical amputation is a planned, surgical removal of a limb in order to save a life or to alleviate chronic symptoms. Reasons for planned medical amputation include cancer, infection, gangrene and nerve damage arising from conditions such as diabetes, meningitis and cardiovascular disease. For example, just this year a young Scottish woman who picked up the ‘flesh-eating bug’ while on holiday in Turkey, had her leg amputated in order to save her life.
You may think that medical negligence leading to amputation is a thing of the past. You would be wrong. Sometimes medical amputation is required due to inadequate or inappropriate medical care and in these cases, medical negligence is a significant contributory factor.
Missed diagnosis leading to medical amputation
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition triggered by infection, most commonly bacteria. If left untreated it can cause poor blood flow, resulting in gangrene of limbs and organ damage.
Sadly, missed diagnosis of sepsis is real and has real-life consequences to real-life people. A delay in treatment can result in people being close to death, necessitating life-support intervention.
How much compensation can I receive for amputation claims and limb-loss claims?
Depending on your circumstances you may be able to claim financial compensation for your amputation. The value of the compensation depends on various factors including the cause of the amputation, the location of the body affected and whether someone else’s negligence was a factor.
In the case of medical negligence, it must be shown that the amputation arose due to negligent care. This means that a health care professional or professionals owed you a duty of care and that care was inadequate, leading to harm and limb loss.
If you are awarded compensation, the amount of money should cover any loss of earnings and expenses incurred due to your amputation. Rehabilitation, the cost of a suitable prosthesis and necessary adaptations to your house and car, as well as other associated costs will be considered. Finally, you should be compensated for pain and suffering, including any side effects that you suffer from the amputation, both physical and mental.
Our focus for all our clients is to seek rehabilitation at the earliest opportunity. We will provide access to free Independent Needs Assessments, by agreement, under the Rehabilitation Code & Serious Injury Guide; seeking early interim payments where possible to fund the rehabilitation required.
What are the long-term side effects of amputation
Following an amputation, a major life adjustment is required. In addition to learning to live with limb loss, there is a myriad of side effects that can affect an amputee. Every one of these side effects will impact negatively on the quality of life. If you or someone you know has lost a limb due to amputation, you may recognise some of these symptoms.
Chronic pain: This is very common and can contribute significantly to any disability. People who have lost limbs describe different forms of long-term pain including:
- Phantom limb pain – a very common symptom in which pain is perceived where the missing limb used to be. Phantom pain is more likely to occur following traumatic amputation than medical amputation.
- Residual limb pain- this is also very common and is pain that originates from the remaining part of the amputated limb. Residual pain can arise from many different causes, including infection of the wound and a prosthesis that is poorly fitted.
Loss of function: Depending on the site of the limb loss, loss of function can be severe. Many different factors can affect the recovery of function, including soft tissue and muscle coverage, surgical technique and prosthetic technology. Loss of function will have a direct impact on work options and the ability to return to employment.
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"Osbornes Law have captured the magic of keeping the customer service levels of a smaller firm whilst having all the expertise and power of the biggest firms."
"A superb boutique catastrophic injury firm."
"Really good at dealing with people who have suffered a serious injury."
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Osbornes now has a team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers; particularly strong on high-value quantum cases, workplace accidents and claims involving foreign workers injured in the UK.
The team provides fantastic strength-in-depth for personal injury claims. It is also particularly well placed to service clients from Eastern Europe with specialist native language speakers. From the smallest case to a multimillion-pound spinal injury case, Osbornes has the right staff to manage every claim.
Ben Posford remains pre-eminent in his field with expert understanding of litigating cases of the upmost severity. His experience builds on Stuart Kightley’s running of the firm with recent partner additions of Rob Aylott making a fantastic addition.
A firm going from strength-to strength-which retains its client care whilst being able to offer a full personal injury service.
Beneath Ben Posford’s calm and reassuring presence, which clients love, lies a formidable tactical and legal brain. His experience tells and he gets it right at every stage of the process from arranging the best possible rehabilitation, to ensuring, so far as possible, a polite relationship with those acting for the defendant in order to ensure best and early resolution of the claim.
"Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team."
"They have an expanding profile in personal injury and clinical negligence and offer a superb, broad service in accidents abroad, enabled by their recruitment of bilingual legal executives who can guide non-English speakers through complex litigation."
"Solid personal injury practice well equipped to advise on high-value and high-profile claims arising from fatalities and severe head and spinal injuries."
"Offers specialist expertise in cycling-related injury claims."
"Offers specialist expertise in cauda equina syndrome cases."
"An exceptional outfit. They take on difficult cases, fight hard and win."
"Stuart Kightley is an incredibly empathetic solicitor who is very knowledgeable about traumatic brain injury."
"They are an outstanding firm to work with. They are consistently impressive in their work."
"Osbornes has a growing influence and impressive work load and is gaining a reputation for handling complex catastrophic work."
"Osbornes often handles claims valued at over £1m, particularly relating to severe brain and spinal cord injuries and niche areas such as cauda equina syndrome and cycling accidents."
"The hard-working, thorough and committed Robert Aylott, who brings significant heavyweight personal injury experience."
"Key team members include the energetic and personable Stuart Kightley who is head of the personal injury department."
"Catastrophic injury cases head Ben Posford is an excellent practical litigator who offers exceptional service."
Thank you for the hard work and patience and for being so patient with my constant questions.
"I have found Osbornes to be thorough, clear and understanding from the initial call. They do exactly what they say they will and with passion! I would recommend them to anyone".
Very good efficient service. Would not hesitate to use again.
I will use Osbornes for any future needs.
I don't think I could have asked for anything more. One of the best dealings I've had with the legal profession.
Sam was excellent and very professional in dealing with our claim.
Head of the personal injury department, Stuart Kightley is a first-rate practitioner, wholly focused on getting his client the best outcome in a pragmatic, sensible and consensual manner.
As a real specialist in spinal cord injuries, Ben Posford is always looking at new angles on how to maximise his cases.
Ben Posford is one of the best catastrophic injury lawyers around.
They provide exceptional service, great knowledge and understanding of the law, excellent client care and tactical nous
Stuart Kightley is praised for his expertise in catastrophic and fatal claims. Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team.
My claim was dealt with efficiently and professionally. Communication was excellent, and timely. Shrewd and sound advice was provided at every stage of the claim from beginning through to completion. On the basis of my personal experience I would strongly recommend Osbornes.
I just wish to thank you for your hard work and successful outcome. I am pleased with the result and would recommend you and your firm to anyone in the future.
Ben Posford … is ‘tactically astute’ and ‘one of the best personal injury solicitors around’.
Ben Posford ‘knows how to maximise the value of the claim for his clients’.
Why choose Osbornes?
Amputation and loss of limb compensation form part of the wider personal injury department at Osbornes. Our team has more than 40 years of experience in this area and includes some of the best lawyers in the UK. We are recognised as a leading personal injury firm by the top independent guides to the legal profession, including Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.
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