Losing a limb is one of the most serious and life-altering accidents one can suffer, and is likely to take a very long time to recover from. For this reason, if you have had an accident which was not your fault, and suffered an amputation or loss of limb as a direct result, you may be able to claim compensation through personal injury specialists at Mackrell and Thomas.
Common causes of amputations and loss of limb
Any amputation or loss of limb caused by an accident or issue which was the fault of another person may be claimed for. Employers can be at fault for accidents at work, including road accidents, accidents with machinery and crush injuries caused by poor health and safety. It is down to an employer to ensure that employees are well trained and know enough about health and safety to perform their job safety. If an employee hasn’t been properly trained, or machinery hasn’t been properly maintained, they have a claim following an accident.
Doctors and other medical staff may also be at fault for this type of injury. Common medical reasons for amputations include poor circulation caused by vascular disease, cancerous tumours in the bones or muscles or infections that do not heal properly. It is down to medical staff to diagnose and monitor health conditions in patients, and if this is not done well, the patient may be able to claim compensation following an amputation as the result of this negligence.
What can amputation compensation help with?
The reasons for claiming compensation, especially with such a serious injury, can be vast and varied. Amputation compensation claims may be able to help with:
Prosthetics are available on the NHS but sometimes more advanced or expensive prostheses are required to help an amputee return to a normal life.
Care and assistance
During time recovering from an amputation, the claimant may require help from a nurse or home help, as well as things such as taxis, home shopping deliveries and so on, to help them to maintain a normal life. Compensation can pay for these things retrospectively, or in some cases can be projected forward to cover future needs.
Loss of earnings
Depending on the work that the claimant did before their amputation and their relevant skills, they may or may not be able to claim for loss of earnings. Someone who had a physical job and skills, upon losing any limb is likely to be able to claim compensation for loss of earnings, whereas a claimant with a desk job who has lost a lower limb may not.
This covers the emotional fallout of losing a limb, compensating for trauma suffered by the claimant. It may also help to pay for things like rehabilitation and therapy.
How to claim
Just call Mackrell and Thomas, whose no win no fee lawyers have been helping clients with personal injury claims for more than 30 years. Experienced solicitors are on hand to provide advice and support, as well as help with the claims process, and ensure that those who are entitled to compensation are able to claim with ease. Start your claim today on 0800 0730160.