Our limb loss & amputation expertise
Our highly experienced personal injury solicitors work with clients across the UK on a wide range of compensation claims.
Injuries that result in amputation can be caused by a variety of accidents and we can advise regardless of the circumstances behind the loss of limb, including the following situations:
- Road traffic accidents (involving motor vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians)
- Sporting injuries
- Falls from height
- Workplace accidents
- Medical negligence (for example, amputation resulting from misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, failure to maintain timely observations of a patient’s condition, or botched surgery)
IBB Claims is a specialist personal injury and medical negligence firm with years of experience assisting clients with challenging and complex claims. We’ve been recognised for our expertise with the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation.
We’re also ranked highly by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, with Malcom Underhill and Simon Pimlott recognised as leading practitioners in their areas of law.
Our solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, an organisation which promotes the legal rights of injured people and helps them access support.
How to make an amputation or loss of limb claim
Free initial consultation
We understand how important it is for clients to get to know their personal injury solicitors before trusting them with their claim.
That’s why we offer free initial consultations to all our new clients to discuss the particulars of your case, whether you are likely to have a successful claim, and what kind of compensation you could receive.
We’ll also discuss our No Win No Fee agreement structure so you can fully understand how your claim will work, allowing you to make a clear, informed decision about whether to instruct us.
Assessing your claim
To successfully claim personal injury or medical negligence compensation, you must prove on the balance of probabilities that:
- Your loss of limb was caused by the negligent action or inaction of someone else
- Your loss of limb was a reasonably foreseeable result of the negligence
You must also show that the person or organisation responsible for your injuries owed you a duty of care not to cause you harm. Usually this is easy to prove as many relationships are well established in law to give rise to a duty of care. For example, doctors and patients, road users and other road users, and employers and employees.
Scenarios in which you may be eligible for compensation include:
- Medical negligence leading to amputation or loss of limb. For example, the mismanagement of conditions such as diabetes or meningitis, surgical errors such as accidentally removing the wrong limb during amputation surgery, or delayed diagnosis of conditions such as sepsis
- Road traffic accidents caused by the negligent driving of another road user
- A fall in a public place caused by poor maintenance of the area
We’re able to settle the majority of compensation claims out of court, saving clients considerable time and stress.
Before starting court proceedings, we must comply with the Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims. We will send a letter of claim to those responsible for your injuries outlining the compensation you require. The opposing party has 21 days to respond and 3 months from the date of response to investigate the claim. They will then either accept legal responsibility (at which point we will begin settlement negotiations), refuse liability, or fail to engage at all.
We understand these periods of time may seem frustratingly long. However, in many situations we’re able to settle the claim through negotiation. If we cannot settle the claim we will provide advice on starting legal proceedings and filing a claim at court.
Starting a claim
Starting legal action is an administrative process and does not require you to go to court. Indeed, the only time you may have to go to court if if the case proceeds to trial. However, with over 90% of cases settle without a trial being necessary.
Even once legal proceedings have been started you can come to an agreement with the opposing party at any point. As stated, the vast majority of personal injury claims never reach trial. Either way, we will dedicate ourselves to achieving the best outcome for you and one which enables you to restore your quality of life. We’ll keep you up to date throughout the process, explaining the law in clear, uncomplicated English so you are able to make informed decisions about how to proceed at every stage.
Time limits for starting a limb loss & amputation claim
The standard rule is that personal injury claims must be brought within 3 years from the date the incident which caused your injury happened or the date you became aware of the injury or illness.
The exceptions to this rule are:
- Children – you have until the child is 18 years old to start a claim on their behalf then they have a further 3 years (until they are 21) to bring a claim themselves
- People who lack mental capacity – there’s no time limit unless they regain mental capacity, at which point the 3 year time limit begins
- Defective products – if your limb loss was caused by a defective product, the claim must be made within 3 years and within 10 years of the product going into circulation
Due to these time limits, we recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible after you realise your amputation or limb loss may have been caused by someone else’s negligence.
What compensation can I get for amputation & loss of limb?
Depending on the severity of your injuries, the impact on your quality of life, and other relevant factors depending on your individual circumstances, you could receive compensation for things like:
- Pain and suffering, both physical and psychological
- Rehabilitation and prosthetics
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Home help
- Childcare help
- Therapy or counselling for any psychological damage
- Costs of travelling to and from medical appointments
- Alternative home
How do No Win No Fee compensation claims work?
We’re able to accept most new clients on a No Win No Fee basis. No Win No Fee agreements (also referred to as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs)) allow you to bring a personal injury claim without financial risk to yourself.
You won’t pay us any fees unless your case is successful. You will make a contribution to the legal costs. However, there are strict rules about how much solicitors may recover, guaranteeing that you’ll receive the majority of your compensation.
We will discuss our No Win No Fee agreement structure with you during your free initial consultation with us. So, please feel free to get in touch to set up an appointment with our personal injury solicitors.
Get in touch to start your amputation & loss of limb claim today
For further information from our personal injury solicitors about amputation and loss of limb compensation claims, please get in touch by giving us a call, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or filling in the enquiry form at the top of the page.