Amputation Claims Solicitors
Making an Amputation Compensation Claim
Osbornes’ amputation claim lawyers have many years of experience helping accident victims with limb loss to rebuild their lives after an accident on the roads, at work or in a public place.
Rob Aylott Partner
“A niche firm that punches well above its weight in the catastrophic injury sector, borne out by the quality of work they obtain.”
“They have quality and depth and provide an excellent service.”
How can our amputation solicitors help?
Limb loss or amputation following a road or work accident can be a devastating experience and will often have profound life-long consequences. These are among the most complex and challenging serious injury cases and are best dealt with by specialist lawyers who understand limb loss rehabilitation and cutting edge prosthetics and who work with the leading medical experts in the field.
Advocates for amputee rights
We’re a proud legal panel member of the Limbless Association, a leading national charity devoted to supporting and empowering amputees. We have seen at first hand the work they do through their volunteer mentoring schemes and monthly support and connect hubs, and the difference they make to people’s lives.
We share their belief in getting early intervention and the best care and support following an amputation.
Leading amputation lawyers
Our amputee clients usually come to us soon after the event, when they are dealing with the trauma of the accident and a life-changing injury. Our job will initially involve investigating the client’s rehabilitation needs, with the help of a specialist case manager and neurorehabilitation and prosthetics experts, to put in place a rehabilitation package, funded where possible by the third-party insurer.
That package will usually be multi-disciplinary, with input from physiotherapists and occupational therapists, prosthetists and orthotists, and usually psychologists, psychiatrists and pain management physicians.
Sometimes the extent of an existing client’s injuries are such that they later elect for surgical amputation, and in those cases, we may be able to assist by bringing that process within the ongoing rehabilitation plan to secure access to the necessary funding and pre and post-surgery support.
Alongside a rehabilitation package, we will engage some of the leading medico-legal experts to establish the long term prognosis and build an evidence base to claim future needs and losses.
Ultimately the objective of the legal claim is to compensate the injured person: to put them back in the position they would have been before the accident, so far as money can do so. In the case of amputees, that may mean securing funding for advanced osseointegration surgery or myoelectric prosthetics, custom-built cosmetic and sports limbs, assistive technology, future care and case management, medical treatments and therapies.
We’ve helped those who have become amputees following:
- An accident at work
- Accident on a construction site
- 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.
How is compensation assessed in amputation cases?
The same principles apply in amputation cases as in other personal injury cases: it is the job of the claimant and his/her lawyers to prove the value of what they have lost and what they need.
Because compensation for amputations is assessed on an individual basis the amount of the settlement can differ widely from one claimant to another, so a high earner who can no longer work because of amputation will have a large future loss of earnings claim. A sporty young amputee will have a substantial claim for the cost of custom-built sport and leisure prostheses.
Because of the need for expensive and life-long equipment, adaptations and support, amputation cases can attract multi-million-pound settlements, but the reality is that the amount of money is calculated and contested to the last pound, and no amputee would prefer to have the money than the lost limb.
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 complications 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.
What are prosthetics and orthotics?
A prosthesis is an artificial device designed to replace a missing body part and restore function. The need for a prosthesis can arise through disease, such as diabetes, congenital birth disorders or from trauma.
There is a broad range of body parts for which a prosthesis can be made. In the personal injury field the most common prostheses are made to replace upper or lower limbs. These devices should be custom built for the individual, depending on their level of amputation and functional needs.
An orthosis is also a custom-made device designed to restore function but it sits alongside a body part rather than replaces it. Orthotics can help maintain stability and enhance function in a residual limb after amputation surgery.
Modern prosthetics are of lightweight construction made from titanium, plastics and composites.
Can a severed limb be reattached?
In severe injury cases, a body part can be cut or crushed so it is mostly or completely detached from the body. In some cases, where the finger, arm or toe has been retained intact and specialist emergency treatment is available, it can be surgically reattached to the body. This is called surgical replantation.
Replantation is complex reconstruction surgery and involves repairing vessels, nerves, connective and soft tissues. It is better suited to clean-cut amputations than crush injuries.
Outcomes are variable and if better function results than would be possible with a prosthesis then the operation will be considered successful. Limb shortening is a risk and loss of feeling and function and pain can persist.
Our amputation solicitors have experience in these cases: in helping to support the injured person through the long period of rehabilitation and in building a case to claim for the lifetime losses and needs arising.
What does amputation level mean?
Treating surgeons will determine the level at which to operate to amputate the remaining body part after trauma to save as much of the damaged limb or digit as possible. They may consult a prosthetist about the amputation level to ensure the best prosthetic fitting.
Upper limb amputations can be made through the wrist, elbow or shoulder (joint disarticulations) or through the long bones (trans-humeral or trans-radial). For the hand, amputation can be at several different levels depending on the damage, from the distal phalanges at the fingertips to the metacarpal bones.
Amputation level in the lower limbs is similarly located at the joints or long bones, with disarticulation surgery at the hip, knee or ankle and transfemoral and transtibial amputations through the thigh and shin bones respectively. A trans-femoral amputation is more commonly known as ‘Above the Knee’ (AK) and a transtibial amputation is called a ‘Below the Knee (BK) amputation.
In the foot, amputation can be a disarticulation at any of the joints of the toes or in the mid- foot (trans-metatarsal, Lisfranc or Chopart).
What are myoelectrics?
Myoelectric prosthetics is an advanced system of upper limb prosthetics that uses electrical signals from the muscles in the residual limb to control movement in the attached artificial limb. The user is trained to use specific muscles so as to activate sensors in the prosthesis which in turn activates motion commands via an electric motor.
The technology is fast moving in this area and new developments increasingly mimic the dexterity and versatility of the human hand and arm.
Can my artificial limb be made to look like my old one?
Yes. Specialist prosthetics clinics can custom build a silicone prosthesis or cover that looks natural, matching skin tone, hair and freckles. We had a case recently where our client had an arm cosmesis made to match his existing tattoos.
Are prosthetics available for finger amputations?
Yes. We deal with a lot of finger amputation cases for workers in construction, industry and agriculture, where accidents with machine and hand-held cutting tools are common. Traumatic amputation of one or more fingers will compromise dexterity, grip strength and fine motor skills and may involve ongoing nerve pain, sensitivity and unsightly scarring.
A life-like silicon prosthesis can be made to cover the finger stump, even for a fingertip amputation. It will not significantly regain movement or function but will greatly improve appearance and often help with the psychological effect of the injury.
What is osseointegration?
Osseointegration is a surgical technique by which an artificial implant is inserted directly into bone and the bone grows around the implant surface integrating it permanently into the bony structure.
Long established in the fields of dental implantation and joint replacement surgery, osseointegration has now been adapted to limb replacement surgery for amputee patients as an alternative to a socket.
This procedure connects an upper or lower limb titanium prosthesis directly to the bone of the residual limb, forming a strong and permanent connection between the two.
Osseointegration can be used in cases of trans-femoral, trans-tibial, trans-humeral and trans-radial amputation. It removes the problems of ill-fitting and painful sockets and offers the benefits of improved mobility and control.
Our amputation lawyers have recent experience of organising private provision for this advanced amputation reconstruction surgery in our amputation cases.
"They punch well above their weight. The quality of service they provide equals that of any of the larger top-name firms in this area"
The group is noted for its expertise in matters relating to cycling injuries, and is the official legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign charity.
"A small but high-powered team, dealing with cases of significant value and complexity."
"An excellent firm which achieves fantastic outcomes for clients."
"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."
"Affable and charming with very good client-handling skills."
"superb firm with consummate professionals and a human touch."
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?
Our amputation solicitors have more than 40 years of experience in this area and comprise some of the best personal injury 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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Rob Aylott Partner
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Nicola Hall Associate Solicitor
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Personal Injury Expertise
- Accident at Work Claims
- Amputation & Limb-Loss Claims
- Beauty Treatment Claims
- Brain Injury Claims
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Child Injury Claims
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