Have you suffered an amputation due to negligence?
If you or a loved one has ever had to undergo the amputation of one or several limbs, you will know that it can be a very difficult time with life-changing consequences. There are many different illnesses, injuries and accidents that can result in amputation, but if the amputation is incurred due to a case of medical negligence – for example a missed diagnosis or a surgical error – it can be even more difficult to process.
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Entrusting your care to a medical professional normally means that you can expect a high standard of medical care, but when medical staff at an NHS or private facility are negligent to a level that it contributes to, or directly causes, your need for an amputation, you should seek trusted legal advice from an amputation solicitor as soon as possible. While of course, any compensation secured from an amputation claim doesn’t undo the damage caused, it can be beneficial with helping you to deal with your new life circumstances and any ongoing support you may need.
The legal team at Hampson Hughes are experienced in dealing with amputation compensation claims, with our medical negligence team including amputation solicitors who have supported clients in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, London and all around the country. We have a caring and dedicated legal team who understand that this will be a very difficult time for you and your family and can provide you with the expert legal support you need at this time as you consider an amputation compensation claim.
How can I be sure I have an Amputation Compensation Claim?
If you have undergone an amputation that you believe may be due to medical negligence, but are unsure as to whether you have a compensation claim for amputation, you should obtain the trusted legal guidance of an expert amputation solicitor as soon as you can. We can offer you a free initial consultation, where we will be able to assess the details of your situation and advise you on your current legal options.
Our legal team at Hampson Hughes includes experienced amputation lawyers who have represented many clients who have found themselves in this situation. They will be ideally equipped to advise you with regards to an amputation claim, to gather evidence on your behalf and ensure the best possible chance of an appropriate compensation award.
What evidence do I need to gather for an Amputation Claim?
There are a range of different evidence types that could support a possible amputation compensation claim, some of the main examples of which include:
Medical Records: Of course, a patient who has undergone amputation(s) will have medical records. This is a fundamental evidence base that offers details of the patient’s entire medical history relative to the amputation claim they are seeking. These records can include details that indicate visits to medical professionals, diagnosis results, treatment options offered by experts, surgical notes, and even discharge papers. You should not worry if you don’t have immediate access to all your medical documents, because we will obtain those on your behalf.
Expert Medical Evidence: To secure a successful amputation compensation claim, our legal experts must prove that the amputation was caused by the negligence of a medical expert for the cases where we are assisting you to. Obviously, for this to be reliably proven, it would require the assessment of trusted medical professionals. Hampson Hughes will acquire medical reports from experts or appropriate support agencies to help support amputation compensation claims.
Relevant Medical Guidance: Though not applicable to all cases, this is another area that can offer evidence to support an amputation compensation claim. If you’re seeking compensation after you or a loved one required an amputation after a medical care process with well-documented guidelines and research, our professionals may seek to access and utilise credible medical journals that offer details of expected standards of care.
These are ideal for use in comparing the details of the medical care you received. This way, we will be able to identify any substandard medical care that you may have received, which can be categorised as medical negligence. Should our experts successfully link the medical negligence to the amputation you suffered, we will have a strong opportunity to prove your amputation compensation claim.
Witness evidence: We’ll have our expert amputation solicitors talk over your situation with you and put together an account of the impact the medical negligence has caused in further support of your claim. We will also speak to your loved ones too so they can also provide details as to the impact it has had on your everyday life. You can get in touch with us today to discuss this.
Receipts/invoices: Please ensure that you retain any receipts or invoices in respect of any expenses that have been incurred as a result of the negligence including prescriptions, equipment, aids, private treatment etc, as we will try our best to include within your claim.
Is there a time limit on making an Amputation Compensation Claim?
Yes, there is a standard time limit of three years. This 3-year limit begins on the date that the negligence occurred. There may be exceptions to this rule so it is important that you do not delay getting in touch with us for specialist advice:
For instance, it may run from the date that you first become aware that the amputation could be linked to an act of medical negligence.
For those under 18, the time limit is different. The 3-year limit for a child begins when they reach 18, so in effect, they have until 21 to bring a claim. However, an adult can still bring a claim on a minor’s behalf before they reach 18 so please contact us without further delay if this applies.
It may also be possible for a family member to act on behalf of those who are incapable of pursuing an amputation claim for themselves through mental incapacity. Talk to our solicitors here at Hampson Hughes and we will be able to provide one of our expert amputation solicitors to discuss the details of your case and offer timely advice on the legal options you can explore.
What does an Amputation Claim cost?
We understand that for anyone who has undergone an amputation, there will already have been a range of difficult consequences on your financial circumstances and ability to earn a living. With this in mind, the possibility of legal costs is a worry for many individuals and families.
Hampson Hughes want to reassure you that our amputation solicitors are fully qualified to advise you on choosing the ideal model for protecting your financial interests as you pursue an amputation compensation claim. For most cases, we recommend the No Win No Fee model, also known as the Conditional Fee Agreement. Considering that a Claimant’s condition will often impede their ability to work and earn as before, they will find the No Win No Fee terms ideal for protecting their financial interests.
With this model, you don’t have to pay anything before receiving your compensation and if the claim isn’t successful, there isn’t the risk of major legal bills for you to pay. Our reliable medical negligence solicitors will, after a careful legal evaluation of your amputation claim, determine whether you’re best suited to utilise No Win No Fee or another model. There are some cases when we advise a client to utilise an insurance policy and/or trade union membership that covers legal expenses.
We always consider our clients’ financial interests and recommend the terms that will best protect them. This follows an exploration of your case and evaluation of our claim models for a specific solution. Please get in touch with our specialist team today to discuss further.
How Much is an Amputation Claim Worth?
While giving an exact estimate of compensation for an amputation claim poses challenges, because each case is individual and turns on its own facts, there are some key factors that will help determine the level of compensation you could receive. The uniqueness of every case in terms of its impacts and circumstances needs to be considered, making it difficult to estimate the precise amount of your recompense. Our experts will always seek optimum amputation compensation, providing support for things such as:
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Quality prosthetics, as well as support from a professional in prosthetics and the continual replacing and updating of prosthetic limbs expenses
Immediate access to alternative private care to counter NHS queues, as well as services which are not available through the NHS.
Psychological support to assist you to adapt to your new circumstances and combat new challenges from the physical and mental pain you may be experiencing.
Finances for the assessment of your home as well as any alterations needed to suit your new lifestyle or the expenses of moving to a more appropriate setting.
Physical rehabilitation treatment.
Career advisement, as well as possible retraining due to new challenges.
The table below offers an approximate range of the compensation amounts you could receive but as you can see it is quite broad therefore it is advised to speak with our amputation compensation claim solicitors, who will have a chat with you on the details of your case. Below is an updated the guideline of current ranges of compensation for varying amputation compensation claims:
Type of Injury
Loss of index, middle and/or ring fingers
Around £54,280 to £79,560
Loss of one hand
£84,310 to £96,150
Loss of one arm above the elbow
£96,150 to £114,810
Loss of both arms
£211,150 to £263,060
Loss of one foot
£73,620 to £96,150
Loss of one leg below the knee
£85,910 to £116,620
Loss of one leg above the knee
£91,910 to £120,530
Loss of both legs
£211,150 to £247,280
How Do I Choose the Right Solicitor for an Amputation Claim?
If you are considering pursuing an amputation compensation claim for yourself or for a loved one, always choose a qualified and experienced amputation solicitor. If you instruct an amputation lawyer from our Hampson Hughes team, you are sure to receive our expert and reliable legal services. Our specialist experience in our field, successfully representing many clients across England and Wales, makes us one of the best options you could find for your possible claim.
Our amputation lawyers have assisted clients from Birmingham to Bristol, Liverpool to Leeds, as well as in London and across the country, to successfully pursue amputation compensation claims. We can guarantee that our team of personable amputation solicitors are highly professional and sensitive to each client’s issues. We are always ready to speak to our clients and their families when they come to us seeking legal assistance to pursue an amputation compensation claim.
Hampson Hughes are dedicated to assisting amputation victims to receive maximum compensation for the losses following any medical negligence that led to the amputation they suffered. We are known for our commitment, personable touch our highly expert legal approach. You can get in touch with one of our amputation solicitors by phone, email or website form. This way, we can speak to you and you can tell us in detail about your particular claim.
If you make use of our Contact page today, we’ll be able to discuss with you the legal assistance we can offer. Hampson Hughes are ready to legally support and guide you on your claim through the free no-obligation consultation mentioned above. If you are seeking the type of legal service explained here, it would be advisable to take this opportunity to contact our team of medical negligence solicitors. One of our helpful legal professionals will be ready to talk over the details of an amputation compensation claim with you.
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