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There are a number of specific issues surrounding traumatic amputation or loss of limb.

If you have sustained a hand, below elbow, through elbow,  above elbow, below shoulder, arm, toe, foot, lower limb, below knee, through knee, above knee, forequarter, bilateral, transpelvic or  finger amputation, hemipelvicectomy or other disarticulation, talk to us, first.

Amputations are often the result of someone else’s negligence. Often a car accident or motorbike accident (referred to as an RTA, RTC or MVTA), a sporting accident, an accident at work, clinical negligence or an assault.

As a new amputee, specialist advice is essential to ensure you access the best rehabilitation, medications, aids and equipment and prosthetics so that you can return to doing things you enjoyed before your injuries.

Our experts specialise in traumatic amputation and limb loss.  These injuries have a life-changing impact not only on the injured person but also on their family and friends. If you or someone you know has suffered in this way, you may be entitled to compensation and money to help in the future.

At Davey Law, Peter, Isobel and Julie work closely with a team dedicated to helping people who have suffered  catastrophic injuries. We regularly work with the same barristers and medical experts who specialise in serious injury cases.

We pride ourselves on supporting our clients and their families, getting to know them well.

Your claim may take a long time to resolve. It is important that you feel that you can talk to us. We are happy to arrange home or hospital visits. In most cases will be able to pursue your compensation claim on a no win, no fee basis.

When looking for an expert solicitor to represent you following an amputation or other serious injury it is essential to instruct a lawyer experienced in handling serious injury claims. Look for a lawyer who will handle your case with commitment and care. Many firms undertake personal injury work but that does not make them experts with knowledge of injuries like yours.

Our experts use their years of experience to achievepositive outcomes for you. This is a complex area where early intervention and long-term planning is essential.  We will always try to arrange an Immediate Needs Assessment (INA). An INA can help you to access  rehabilitation as quickly as possible.

Compensation Awards

The total amount of compensation a person receives will vary widely depending on the nature of the injury that they have suffered and the specific circumstances of their case. There are many factors that must be taken into account but some of these include:

  • The nature and severity of the injury or injuries
  • The amount and extent of rehabilitation required
  • The need for prosthetics
  • The on going need for treatment, and prosthetic management
  • The extent of any long term disabilities and costs of future needs including adaptations
  • Any psychological reaction to the accident or loss
  • Loss of Earnings past or future

Case Assessment

If you have sustained a traumatic amputation that was someone else’s fault, you should always seek the advice of experts who will assess your case on its merits. You will receive compensation for losses that arise from the injury in addition to the pain and suffering cause by the actual injury. As a guide you could expect to receive the following amount for the injury itself.

  • Amputation of both arms : Up to £242,550
  • Amputation of one arm : Up to £110,880
  • Complete loss of wrist function: Up to £48,400
  • Total or effective loss of both hands: Up to £162,800
  • Total loss of finger or thumb: £6,985 to £44,330
  • Loss of both legs: Up to £227,975

*figures are from 2013 and should be used as a rough guide only.

Recent Claims

Paul was hit by an uninsured car and unfortunately both his legs had to be amputated above the knee. A claim was pursued against the Motor Insurers Bureau and he received £1.3 million in compensation.

The award included the costs of state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs, moving to a suitably adapted home, lost earnings and retraining.  This compensation award has helped Paul to rebuild his life including purchasing a property that has been adapted to maximise his independence.

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You may need a case manager to coordinate your treatment and care.  The right expert advice and help early on means you may receive interim payments to assist with the purchase of prostheses, orthotics, private rehabilitation, address housing needs, equipment and the implementation of care and case management. Limb loss often causes more complications in older age due to the extra exertion required to use prosthetics.  It is essential that these matters are considered when negotiating settlement.
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