A guide to amputation claims

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Suffering an amputation, whether as a result of an accident or by way of clinical procedure, shouldn’t mean losing your independence.

Whether your amputation is a result of medical negligence, a road traffic accident or an accident at work, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries with Unite Legal Services.

Learn more about how to make a compensation claim for an amputation in this guide:

Frequently asked questions about amputation claims

Can I make an amputation claim?

Yes. If you have suffered an amputation because of an injury that wasn’t your fault or due to clinical negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

You must start your claim within three years of the date of your injury. It’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible so contact Unite Legal Services on 0800 709 007.

Why choose Unite Legal Services?

We have a dedicated team of serious injury and medical negligence lawyers with decades of experience in dealing with amputation cases – they will support you throughout the process.

Our extensive experience dealing with amputation compensation claims means we understand the rehabilitation and adaptation needs of individuals and their families and can ensure the right support is available from the start.

We aim to help clients reclaim their independence and get their lives back on track as quickly as possible and provide the highest quality litigation strategy along the way.

Read how we helped one member secure a seven-figure settlement following a double leg amputation.

How much compensation can I get from an amputation claim?

The amount of compensation you may receive depends on the specifics of your case and the severity of your amputation. When calculating your compensation, we will consider:

  • Rehabilitation requirements;
  • Lost earnings;
  • Medical treatment costs including state-of-the-art prosthetics;
  • Any adaptations needed to your home or vehicle.

You can rest assured we will hold those responsible for your amputation to account and fight for you to get maximum compensation, ensuring you receive tailored support for your needs.

Unlike high street lawyers who will deduct a fee from your damages, Unite Legal Services allow you to always keep 100 per cent of the compensation that we secure on your behalf.

Read how we helped Ken secure over a million pounds in compensation for an amputation claim following an accident at work.

What does my amputation compensation claim cover?

Compensation for amputation claims will cover any financial losses your injury has caused, as well as the emotional impact it has had on the lives of you and your family.

This may include lifetime loss of earnings because you are unable to work or medical expenses and funding for cutting-edge prosthetics.

Compensation can also cover the cost of home adaptations or a replacement home, or if vehicle adaptions or a new vehicle is required.

In addition, there will be a compensation award for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

We will secure sufficient financial compensation to give you the best quality of life, for all of your life.

Will I receive an interim payment while my case is ongoing?

We always seek to recover interim payments at the earliest possible opportunity to cover immediate costs for urgent treatment, rehabilitation, or home adaptations needed following an amputation.

Do I have to pay to make an amputation claim?

No, your Unite membership entitles you to legal advice or to make a claim through Unite Legal Services, free of charge.

What is the next step?

Visit our amputation claims page for more information on making a claim with Unite Legal Services.

If you are ready to discuss your case call us on 0800 709 007. Our expert serious injury lawyers will provide you with free legal advice on making an amputation claim and guide you through the process. Alternatively, you can call your regional Unite office for more information about the legal services we offer. Find your local office.

Our amputation claim clients

We supported Martin and secured him a six-figure sum in compensation after a serious accident at work led to the amputation of three of his fingers.

Read how we represented a Unite member and secured him £1.7million in compensation after medical negligence resulted in him needing a leg amputation.

For more information on the cases we have won for Unite members, visit the members’ stories page.