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A guide to loss of limb compensation

Losing a limb is traumatic and can have life-changing consequences. Loss of limb compensation can help ensure you receive the treatment and aids and equipment to live as independently as possible. If you have lost a limb or had to have a limb amputated because of medical negligence, an accident in the workplace, a traffic accident, or an accident in a public place, for example, then you may successfully be able to claim loss of limb compensation.

Graysons’ team of solicitors in Sheffield and Chesterfield have helped many clients successfully claim loss of limb compensation on a no win no fee basis. If you are seeking compensation for the loss of a limb, then keep on reading. Our solicitors in Chesterfield and Sheffield answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding loss of limb compensation.

What is loss of limb compensation?

If you have lost a limb, such as a leg, arm, toe, or finger, because of the negligence of others, you might be able to claim compensation. Negligence might relate to medical error, a traffic or workplace accident, or an accident in a public place. Loss of limb compensation will cover your pain and suffering, the cost of ongoing medical treatment, equipment, home adaptations, loss of earnings and future earnings handicap.  Our team of solicitors in Sheffield and Chesterfield will be able to assess your case and advise if you would be able to successfully claim compensation for loss of limb. If you do have a case, our Sheffield and Chesterfield solicitors will work on a no win no fee basis to secure you the very best outcome while keeping you aware of your legal rights at every stage of your loss of limb claim.

What is a medical negligence amputation claim?

A medical negligence amputation claim relates to a loss of a limb following injury caused by medical negligence, for example, through surgical error, incorrect treatment, or misdiagnosis. To prove medical negligence, you must be able to demonstrate that the negligent treatment directly caused a limb to have to be amputated in circumstances where that should reasonably have been avoided. If you believe you have had to have a limb amputated because of substandard care received in a medical setting, then contact our team of Sheffield and Chesterfield solicitors today. Our medical negligence solicitors will advise whether you will be able to successfully make a medical negligence amputation claim.

How much compensation is awarded for loss of a limb?

The amount of loss of limb compensation you receive will depend on several factors including which limb has been amputated and how much the loss of limb impacts your day-to-day life, your income and future earning potential, the cost of ongoing treatment and equipment, including prosthetics, the need for care and assistance and your pain and suffering.

Loss of limb compensation is typically broken down into two areas:  general damages and special damages. General damages reflect the pain and suffering associated with limb loss.  Special damages cover financial losses.  The loss of a leg or arm can significantly impact your day-to-day life and future earning potential and is likely to attract a much higher compensation amount than, for example, a toe. In some cases, loss of limb compensation can run into millions of pounds.

Making a claim for a loss of limb, be it caused by medical negligence, a road traffic accident, or a workplace accident, can be a daunting and complex task, which is why you should work with an experienced loss of limb expert, such as Graysons’ team of Chesterfield and Sheffield solicitors.

How much compensation could I get for losing a leg?

Losing a leg can have life-changing consequences, therefore, it often attracts a higher amount of compensation than losing a toe, for example. While it is impossible to put a precise figure on how much compensation you could get for losing a leg, you may be awarded a significant sum, which may run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. If you have lost a leg through medical negligence or an injury where you were not at fault, then you will be able to claim compensation. Our specialist solicitors in Sheffield and Chesterfield have decades of experience in loss of limb compensation. They will be able to work on your behalf to ensure the very best compensation outcome.

How much is an amputated finger worth?

Having a finger amputated can be devastating, even more so if it is on your dominant hand. As no two claims are the same, it is impossible to put a precise figure on how much an amputated finger claim is worth. However, it may run into many thousands of pounds. The amount of compensation you will be entitled to will depend on how the loss of the finger impacts your day-to-day life. For example, in severe cases, it may mean that you can no longer effectively carry out your job. Graysons’ team of specialist limb loss solicitors in Chesterfield and Sheffield will be able to assess your claim and advise on the amount of compensation you may be awarded.

Will I have to go to court for loss of limb compensation?

In most cases, it is unlikely you will have to go to trial when you make a claim for loss of a limb. This is because most loss of limb claims are settled out of court. However, Court proceedings may be required.  Loss of limb claims that do end up in the courts tend to be highly complex and include scenarios where liability cannot be easily resolved. In the unlikely event that your loss of limb claim goes to trial, a solicitor, such as Graysons’ Chesterfield and Sheffield solicitors, would be able to represent you.

Is there a time limit for claiming loss of limb compensation?

Yes, like all personal injury claims, there is a three-year time limit to submit a claim for loss of limb compensation. The three-year time limit starts from the date of the accident, or in medical negligence cases, from the date on which the medical negligence occurred or became apparent. This time limit is different for those with a mental disability and children.  A child has three years from their 18th birthday to submit a loss of limb compensation claim.  It is advised, however, that you submit a claim as soon as possible.

Do soldiers get compensation for loss of limbs?

Yes, UK soldiers can get compensation for loss of limbs. If the injury was sustained while on active duty, soldiers can make a loss of limb claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Our solicitors in Sheffield and Chesterfield can assist.   Contact us today.

Can I claim for loss of limb compensation on a no win no fee?

Yes, Graysons’ Sheffield and Chesterfield solicitors work on a no win no fee basis. This means that if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay legal fees.

How can Graysons’ solicitors in Sheffield and Chesterfield help with loss of limb compensation?

Graysons’ team of solicitors in Sheffield and Chesterfield has helped many people successfully make a claim for loss of limb compensation. Our team of experts is Legal 500 recommended and will assess the circumstances relating to your loss of limb and advise if you may have a successful case. We will then work on your behalf to secure the very best loss of limb compensation, helping to secure your financial future and ensure you live as independently as possible. If you have lost a limb and were not at fault, through an injury in the workplace, a traffic accident, or an accident in a public place, or through medical negligence, then contact us today and put our services to the test.

 

 

 

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