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How Much Compensation For A Arm Amputation Claim?

By Olivia Franklin. Last updated 15ty April 2021. Welcome to our arm amputation compensation claims guide.

You use your arms as a matter of course during your day to day life, whether lifting, carrying or even simple tasks like writing and cooking, it’s easy to take them for granted. If as a result of an accident that you were not at fault for you have lost your arm, then you may be struggling with all sorts of issues you had not previously considered. If you have found yourself trying to cope following an amputation after an accident then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation that could help you with the financial assistance you need to help you come to learn to live with this life altering injury.

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A Guide to arm amputation injury claims

Welcome to our arm amputation compensation claims guide.

The loss of an arm can be a life altering event, that you could never really prepare yourself for. The consequences of an arm amputation can have a profound effect that involves more than just your ability to complete day to day tasks. Learning alternative ways to do some of those tasks you took for granted, whilst coping with the loss of a limb, can undoubtedly lead to mental health issues. Arm amputation recovery time can be lengthy and painful, and no matter how positive a person you were before your accident, the changes to your life can appear insurmountable.

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arm amputation compensation

If you have been in an accident that was not your fault and which has resulted in the loss of an arm, then you may be struggling to come to terms with your change of circumstances. You may however want to pursue an arm injury claim for compensation that could help you get the help you may need as a result of your amputation. Whilst there is nothing that can compensate fully for the loss of a limb, arm amputation claims can help you with the financial support that you might need as you relearn how to do those day to day tasks without your missing arm.

Our arm amputation compensation claims guide will take you through the process of making a compensation claim, and provide some useful information that might help you during this traumatic time.

What is arm amputation?

Arm amputation compensation claims usually occur due to the occurrence of a traumatic injury that has affected the arm. Sometimes arm amputation can take place because of a medical condition, but on the whole this type of claim is as a result of an accident. This can be due to an accident on the road, at work, as a result of military combat or even due to medical negligence, either misdiagnosis or surgical error.

Arm amputation comes in a variety of forms, it depends on where your arm has been injured or severed or where in the case of extreme damage it might be necessary to perform the amputation in order to save the life of the patient. Limb loss claim compensation amounts will be different for each type of amputation. Below we provide a list of the different types of arm amputations:

  • Shoulder disarticulation – this is an amputation through the shoulder that removes the whole arm.
  • Forequarter amputation – this is similar to a shoulder disarticulation in that the while arm is removed from the shoulder down, however the shoulder itself is also removed, as it a part of the shoulder blade and the collarbone.
  • Trans-humeral amputation – also known as an above the elbow amputation, this is a removal of the upper arm from between the elbow and shoulder. With this type of amputation, the patient retains the use of their shoulder.
  • Elbow disarticulation – an amputation that is performed through the elbow joint.
  • Trans-radial amputation – also known as a below the elbow amputation. The amputation is performed through the forearm, between the hand and elbow. The patient retains use of their elbow.
  • Wrist disarticulation – the amputation is performed through the wrist joint.

Because there are a number of different types of arm amputation, it is little wonder that arm amputation compensation claim amounts can vary.

What to Do If You Are Involved in an arm amputation accident

If you have been involved in an arm amputation incident where you were not the responsible party, then making an arm amputation compensation claim may not be your immediate priority immediately after the accident. However, it is wise to gather all the information that you can as soon as possible, as you may choose to make a claim later on. You should try and collect the following details:

  • Driver and witness details – If you were involved in a car accident that resulted in your arm amputation, whether you were a pedestrian, a passenger or the driver of the other vehicle it is important that details of those who were at the scene, including witnesses are taken. These details should include information about any other vehicles involved; make, model and number plate as well as driver details.
  • Details of the accident – It is important to note down details of the events of the accident whilst they are still fresh in your mind, if you are unable to do this yourself then ask someone else to take notes for you. Sometimes it can be hard to remember details correctly when you have been through a traumatic event so it is better to note them down as soon as possible.
  • Photographic evidence – Photographs of both the scene of the accident and your injuries could be vital in evident in your claim for compensation, if you are unable to do this yourself then ask someone to help you.
  • Receipts and documentation – It is a good idea to keep any receipts and documentation that relates to money you have had to pay out as a result of your injury, whether these are in respect of treatments and medicines you have received or travel cost you have incurred. If as a result of your accident you have been unable to work you may be able to claim for loss of future earnings.

If you have any questions regarding the types of documentation that could help your arm injury claim then please get in touch with us, we will be happy to discuss which types of documentation you might need to support your claim.

How to Begin an arm amputation compensation Claim

It can be a fairly uncomplicated process to start an arm injury compensation claim. Our team of expert solicitors who have years of experience handling claims for all types of injuries will be happy to talk you through the process. We can begin the whole process with a free consultation, where we will ask you some questions about the accident and your injuries so that we can gather the facts of your case.

As part of the consultation, we will also talk you through the No Win No Fee service that we offer. You will of course be offered the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have, if you later think of some questions you would like to ask us we will be happy to answer them.

If a medical is required as part of your arm amputation compensation claim, we will be happy to help you arrange one locally to you.

Arm amputation accident at work Claims

Unfortunately, accidents do happen and many of them happen in the workplace, often resulting in arm amputation compensation claims being made. In some cases, the extent of the pain and suffering or injuries received may even force the person who has been injured to give up their job due to an inability to perform the same tasks to the level they once achieved. If your arm amputation is due to an accident that has resulted in an arm injury at work you may even find your wages reduced in line with the company sick pay policy whilst you are trying to recover from your accident.

You may feel awkward making an arm amputation claim against your employer, but they have a duty of care to all their employees and should have insurance in place that will cover a compensation payout. We understand that you may have concerns about pursuing a claim, but you shouldn’t; there should be no come back on you as a result of making an arm amputation accident at work claim.

Arm amputation after a car accident

With so many cars on the road car accidents can happen before you have time to react, and in many cases these accidents can result in the person involved being trapped in the car, possibly even crushed where the other vehicle has impacted. In some cases, this can result in the loss of a limb through amputation.

If you have had to undergo an arm amputation as a result of a car accident for which you were not liable then you may have a valid reason to pursue loss of limb claims for compensation. We will work with you to help you secure the maximum arm amputation compensation you are entitled to for your life altering injury.

Arm amputation in military claims

Whether you are going through training or are on active service accidents happen. We have a wealth of experience when it comes to making military amputation claims for that personnel who have been injured as a result of active combat or during training exercises; we are well versed in the complexities that making this type of claim brought. When making arm amputation compensation claims for clients who have undergone an arm amputation as a result of injuries received whilst in the military we consider all the facts including not only the physical injury but also the “hidden factors”, mental anguish and torment, and also the possibility of PTSD which can be all too common in military claims.

Arm amputation medical negligence claims

If you have been in a private or NHS hospital and have suffered medical negligence that has resulted in the loss of your arm then you might be entitled to make an arm amputation compensation claim that could improve your future and we can help you do this. We have experience when it comes to dealing with claims against both the NHS and private practices. If your arm amputation was as a result of a surgical mistake or an incorrect diagnosis then we can talk you through your options; we can offer you free no obligation advice that can help you decide on your next steps.

Arm amputation related symptoms

The loss of a limb can be a truly catastrophic, and life changing experience that isn’t just confined to the pain that a person might have to deal with as a result of their injuries. It could affect the quality of someone’s day to day life in respect of the simple tasks that they can no longer perform without significant alterations being made to their home. It may also mean that they are no longer able to do a job that they love.

As well as the pain, someone who has gone through the loss of a limb may suffer from depression with flashbacks to the accident. This can be debilitating and may result in the need for counselling.

For some people recovery time, both from the amputation and other symptoms may be quick, however for some people recovery will be slow and the associated symptoms may continue for a number of years. Therefore, claiming arm amputation compensation can be priority to many victims.

What can be Claimed for after an Accident Causing an arm amputation?

The majority of arm amputation claims often contain the following types of arm amputation compensation:

  • Travel Costs – Whether you incur extra costs for travel to medical appointments for treatment or medical appointments related to your claim, you will incur a number of out of pocket travel expenses that you should be able to claim for.
  • Medical expenses – Losing an arm can be a life altering experiences, medical expenses may include any modifications that need to be made to your home or vehicle as well as other disability aids. It should also include the prescription costs for pain medications, bills for counselling or any physiotherapy you require.
  • Loss of earnings – This cost will not only take into account the loss of any actual earnings but also the loss of any potential future earnings.
  • General Damages – this part of your claim will compensate you for the trauma and suffering caused by the loss of your arm (Special Damages cover financial losses).
  • Care claim – Whilst you are recovering from your amputation there is a good chance that you will have needed help in the home. If this has been the case then the person who has helped care for you should be able to submit a care claim.

If you are uncertain what can be included in your claim for leg amputation compensation then please ask us. We are always here to answer any questions you might have about your claim and the care that you receive.

The Most Common accidents causing arm amputations

It is true that a very high proportion of arm amputations are the result of an injury caused by a road traffic accident or even an accident involving machinery of some kind. However, there are other occasions when you may lose your arm. Here is a list of some of the more common causes that can result in arm amputation compensation claims being made:

  1. Road traffic accidents
  2. Construction site injuries
  3. Combat injuries
  4. Training or sport related injuries
  5. Surgical error
  6. Incorrect diagnosis
  7. Factory accident
  8. Fire or firework related accident
  9. Warehouse accident.

Regardless of the reason for your arm amputation, if the fault lies with someone else than you may have a claim for compensation. Contact us to see if you have a valid claim for compensation.

How Much Compensation will I get after an Accident Causing an arm amputation?

Arm amputation compensation is awarded on a case to case basis so it is really not possible for us to accurately predict the actual amount of compensation you might receive for an arm amputation following an accident. The injuries received, and the time it takes to recover from them, will vary from person to person. There are injury compensation calculators online that will be able to give you an idea of the rough amount you might be able to receive but these should be used as a guide only.

What we can do however is provide you with some of the average compensation amounts for amputation claims. Below is a table that gives you some illustrations of the most common types of damages that can be claimed as part of your loss of arm compensation claim. If you have any questions regarding any of the information in the table, perhaps you would like some clarification on a particular point then we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Updated April 2021.

Compensation typeTypical Award AmountNotes
Amputation of both arms£225,960 to £281,520This type of injury can render a usually fully self-sufficient person to someone that is considerably helpless.
Amputation of one arm at the shoulderNot less than £128,710
Amputation of one arm above the elbow£102,890 to £122,860The shorter the stump the more problematic the fitting of a prosthesis may be, this will affect the amount awarded.
Amputation of one arm below the elbow£90,250 to £102,890Severity of phantom limb pain and organic pain dictates the level.
Psychiatric damage£51,460 to £108,620Severe and grossly disabling trauma.
Mental anguish£4,380Fear of impending death.
PTSD£21,730 to £56,180Moderately severe trauma that requires professional help.
PTSD£3,710 to £7,680Less severe with virtual full recovery made within 2 years.
PTSD£7,680 to £21,730Moderate but no grossly disabling effects

No Win No Fee arm amputation Claims

We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, we believe that if the accident was not your fault then you should not have to pay out of your own pocket to get the arm amputation compensation you are entitled to. We understand that the loss of a limb can put severe strain on your finances, and with a No Win No Fee claim, if we are not able to secure a compensation payment for you then you will not have to pay anything. This can offer you great peace of mind in going forward with your claim.

If you would like to discuss exactly how the No Win No Fee claim procedure works then please contact us, we will be happy to discuss what it involves and how it works with you. We want you to be assured at what is already a stressful time that you do not need to worry about finding the money to pay solicitor fees.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for an arm amputation Claim?

As a company with many years in the field of arm amputation compensation claims, we have been successful in claiming millions of pounds of compensation for our clients, for a variety of different types of claim. We believe that the service we offer is first class and that any one of our many hundreds of previous clients would agree with us. We will work hard to get a positive outcome from your claim and you will be our top priority.

Our professional team of experts are very knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with the type of claims that involve injuries that are extensive and distressing, and will always work hard on your claim, ensuring that you are treated with the respect and care you deserve. As will keep you informed during every step of your claim, and will discuss every stage of the claim with you before proceeding further.

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, our experience and above all our dedication to achieving the maximum compensation claim payout that we can for all our clients.

Arm Amputation Compensation FAQs

Do I have grounds to make a claim?

Please get in touch today for a free consultation with one of our specialist advisors. They can tell you whether they believe you have grounds to make a claim.

How can negligence be proven?

Here is a general criterion for negligence:

  1. A third party had a duty of care to you
  2. They failed to uphold this duty
  3. You suffered as a result of their failings

How much compensation do you get for losing a limb?

It’s hard to say how much you could be entitled to without assessing your case. This is because compensation is valued using the extent of each claimant’s suffering. Please get in touch today for a free estimate.

How can suffering be proven?

Typically, this is achieved through a medical assessment with an independent expert, where they’ll evaluate how you’ve been impacted by the accident.

How can a No Win No Fee agreement help me claim?

You won’t have to pay your lawyer if they don’t win your claim. Therefore, you’ll never have to pay your legal fees out of pocket, instead using a small chunk of your compensation.

What services does Legal Expert offer?

Legal Expert works with a panel of specialist solicitors that can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

Can Legal Expert help me claim?

Please get in touch today for a free consultation with one of our specialist advisors. They can tell you whether they believe you have grounds to make a claim. What’s more, they could connect you to one of our personal injury lawyers from our panel if you have a claim.

How can I get in touch with Legal Expert today?

Please see the contact section below for some options on how to get in touch.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

The process of claiming arm amputation compensation does not have to be complicated or stressful, if you want to start a claim for loss of limb compensation with us simply call 0800 073 8804.

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arm amputation compensation

Our professional and experienced staff will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have in regard of our services, our No Win No Fee process or any other aspect of the claims process. We can start with a free no obligation consultation about your loss of limb payment claim and then take it from there. So why not give us a call and let us take it from there.

Helpful links

NHS amputations information

This is the NHS page that discusses amputations; the causes and the procedures. There is lots if useful information.

Amputation and driving advice

This link takes you to the DVLA page on amputations and has links to follow to advise the DVLA that you have had a limb amputated.

Military personnel amputation statistics

The sites contains arm amputation statistics amongst service personnel that may be useful to you.

Guide to finger amputation claims

Amputation compensation amounts

Accident at work claims guide

These three links contain useful information about compensation payout amounts that you might expect to receive as a result of different types of amputations, including arm amputation injury at work claims.

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