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Hand Amputation Compensation Amounts – How Much Can I Claim?

We use our hands for everything, from getting dressed to eating, picking up and carrying and many more activities, which is why the loss of a hand can be so traumatic. If you have lost a hand in an accident that was not your fault, then it may be possible for you to make a compensation claim for your injuries, both physical and mental.

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A guide to hand injury compensation claims

There aren’t many activities we do without using our hands, so when we are unable to use one for a period of time, or worse, lose one forever, then the consequences can be devastating.

Hand amputation

Hand amputation

Road traffic accidents and workplace machinery accidents are common causes of traumatic hand injuries requiring amputation, but there are many other causes that could lead you to lose a hand. If you suffer this devastating injury, whatever the cause, then the effects on your life can go far beyond the physical. It is not uncommon for those who lose a hand to suffer mental health problems as a result. Not only that, but you will be likely to be financially worse off if you cannot work due to having suffered a hand injury that has led to you losing a hand. The prospects of life after amputation can be scary, but there is help out there, and if the incident that caused your hand amputation was someone else’s fault then you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries that will help towards a brighter future.

Whilst nothing can truly replace a hand, you can learn to live a good life after this injury, especially if you have the financial cushion of a compensation payment while you recover. Our guide takes you through the process of a hand injury claim, giving you some idea of what you can claim for, and how to go about making a claim.

What is a hand amputation?

There are a variety of different types of hand amputation, and the type of amputation often dictates the compensation you will receive for your injuries. Whether you have lost your hand when it has become trapped in machinery and it has been damaged to such an extent that it could cause you further harm if it is left in place, or if you have been the victim of such trauma that the hand is not viable to be saved, then it may be surgically amputated, if it has not been completely severed at the scene of the accident. Whatever the reason, it is a traumatic injury not only in terms of physical pain, but also when it comes to the emotional toll it can take on you.

Types of hand amputation

Whether caused by traumatic means, or surgically necessary after trauma to the hand or arm, you are likely to have had your hand amputated in one of the following ways.

  • Total hand amputation – This is usually taken at the wrist and leaves you with a stump at the end of your forearm.
  • Partial hand amputation – This involves part of the palm and affected fingers
  • Finger amputation – This type of amputation requires amputation at the end of the fingers, before the palm.

Whatever type of hand amputation you have suffered, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. The amount payable will be determined taking into account the type of amputation, the effect that it has had on your life and your prognosis. In some cases, you may be able to have a prosthesis fitted, whilst in others you may retain some dexterity and have to learn what is left of the hand in a different way to be able to perform some activities. In extreme cases, the area is deemed to be useless, and there is no hope for improvement via prosthesis or physiotherapy.

What to do if you are involved in a hand amputation accident

Being involved in a hand amputation accident can be terrifying, and it is likely that you will not be thinking about making a hand injury compensation claim straight after the accident has occurred. However, gathering the following information following any accident is prudent, whether you are likely to pursue a claim at a later date or not.

Take notes and pictures of the event – Accident notes can come in extremely useful. Often, as time goes on, your memory could fade a little, so writing the events of the accident down as soon as you are able, or dictating them so that someone else can write them for you would be a good idea. It is also a good idea to get photographic evidence of both the scene and your injuries.

Collect details of witnesses or people involved – if there are other people involved in the accident, such as the driver or a car or the operator of some machinery, then you need to try and get their contact details. Whether they are found to be the person at fault, or a witness, taking down names, addresses, and contact numbers can prove vital.

How to begin a hand amputation compensation claim

Beginning hand amputation claims can be done any time after the accident, as long as it is within three years of the date of the incident, or within three years of your 18th birthday if you were a minor when the accident occurred. All you have to do to begin is call us. One of our team will take you through the initial consultation process, asking pertinent questions, answering any questions that you may have about your claim or our No Win No Fee agreement, which means you will not have to pay any funds up front to go ahead with your claim. Once the agreement has been signed, we will arrange a medical appointment locally to you, where a professional will analyse your injuries and your prognosis and write a full report.

You will be matched with a solicitor with the experience and knowledge of the area you are claiming in, be it accidents at work, road traffic accidents or loss of limb compensation claims. Your solicitor will then begin working on your claim, in order to maximise the amount of compensation you receive, pushing for as high a payout as possible.

We will, of course keep you updated through the process, and if you have any reason to get in touch with us, then we are only a phone call away at all times.

Hand amputation accident at work claims

Accidents at work leading to hand amputation injuries tend to be because of machinery. Whatever type of accident at work has led to your injuries, if your employer has failed to perform risk assessments, or proper training or equipment to do your job safely, then they may be liable to pay compensation for your injuries.

We know it can be worrying making a claim against an employer, but what is important to understand is if action is taken, it may mean no one has to suffer the trauma that you have gone through as it is more than likely that your employer will make adjustments to the way they look after their employees to ensure this does not happen again.

In addition to this, your employer will most likely have taken out insurance, which will cover the cost of your compensation claim, so you need not worry that your employer will go out of business or your colleagues will be made redundant as a direct result of your claim.

Finally, if you are worried that you might be treated differently at work due to your hand amputation at work claim, then you should not be. There is legislation in place to protect employees who claim against their employers from being treated differently because they are making a claim. If you would like any further information about how your rights are protected, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Hand amputation slip, trip and fall claims

Slips, trips and falls may not seem at first glance like the sort of incident that would cause loss of limb claims but it depends entirely on how far you have fallen, or what you have slipped or tripped into. Whether you have tripped on a pothole and fallen into something sharp, or fallen of a balcony onto your hand, requiring it to be amputated due to the trauma, if someone else is liable, then it is possible for you to make a claim for compensation for your injuries.

Hand amputation after a road traffic accident

Road accidents can cause a variety of different injuries, with arm amputations being one of the more traumatic. Whether you have been injured as a passenger in a car, or perhaps been run over by a car, if it is found to be someone else’s fault, you will more than likely be able to make a claim for compensation. The types of road traffic accident causing hand amputation include:

  1. Vehicle to pedestrian collision
  2. Head on collision
  3. Passenger injuries
  4. Car door accident
  5. Motorcycle accident

There are, of course, other types of accident, but these are the most common. Even if the driver that has caused the accident that led to your hand amputation was not insured, or was driving a commercial vehicle, you may be able to claim.

Hand amputation in military claims

Military personnel put their lives at risk when in active service, or even in training, but this does not preclude them making a claim for compensation should they be injured in combat or on the training field. Statistics show that from October 2001 – March 2017, there were just under 300 UK personnel serving in Afghanistan who were subject to amputation as a result of their injuries. If you have been injured whilst serving your country, or while training to serve your country, and have suffered an arm amputation as a result, we have the experience and knowledge to pursue military amputation claims on your behalf.

Hand amputation medical negligence claims

Medical negligence is a complex area of the law, and we know only too well how difficult it can be to cope with the fact that those who have been trained to make you better may have been responsible for you losing your hand. If you’ve been the victim of medical negligence or malpractice, we can help. Whether it is a surgical mishap or a mis-diagnosis that has cost you your hand, our experienced solicitors, with extensive knowledge of medical negligence loss of hand claims will work to secure you the maximum compensation possible.

What can be claimed for after an accident causing a hand amputation?

Within a compensation claim for an arm amputation, there are several different types of damages. Here, we show you what you could be claiming for as part of your compensation suit:

  • Damages in General – General awards tend to be payouts for the actual injuries that you have suffered, both mental and physical, and take your pain and suffering into account when they are calculated. See our injury compensation calculator table below for more information.
  • Medical expenses – Any types of medical expense can be claimed for here, whether something small like pain relief prescription costs, or something more expensive, such as modifications to your car or home where required, as well as counselling bills if you have required this as a direct result of your accident.
  • Care expenses – If someone has had to help you with day to day activities after your hand amputation, then it is likely that they will be able to put in a claim for costs.
  • Earning losses – Both the actual income already lost as well as future wages if you are likely to be off work for some time will be taken into account. In addition, your current salary and promotion prospects with be considered.
  • Travel costs – Whether it is travelling to an appointment pertaining to your claim, or for a medical appointment, you may be able to claim these costs as part of your claim.

If you have incurred costs and are not sure whether these can form part of your claim, please call us, as we will be able to tell you if your costs could be recouped within the scope of a compensation claim.

The most common accidents causing hand amputations

There are many different type of amputation and even more types of accident that can cause them. As we tend to use our hands for most activities, sometimes they are the parts of the body that are most at risk from injury. Here, we detail some of the most common accidents that cause this type of injury, but if yours is not listed, this does not mean that you can not make a claim for compensation. Simply call and tell us your story, and we will be happy to work out whether a compensation claim for an amputation of the hand is viable.

  1. Accidents with machinery, in factories or other industrial premises
  2. Accidents in construction
  3. Road accidents (As a road user or pedestrian)
  4. Slips, trips and falls
  5. Accidents in warehousing environments
  6. Military incidents
  7. Medical Negligence

Whether your arm amputation accident happened in one of the above ways, or whether it was the result of something different, if someone else is to blame, you could have the right to make a claim.

How much compensation will I get after an accident causing a hand amputation?

There are so many different types of hand amputation that is impossible for us to guarantee a specific payout amount. However, what we can do is illustrate in general terms the typical amount that is awarded for specific injuries. With this in mind, we have created the table below, which should give you some idea of how much you could be awarded.

However, it is essential to remember that no two claims are the same, and what may seem like a similar case to yours might not be in terms of the person’s job prospects in their chosen field after amputation, their mental ability to deal with the situation, and the type of amputation that has occurred. Therefore, we stress that this table is a guide only; but if you require any further guidance on loss of hand compensation awards, and how much compensation for a hand amputation is possible, then please do not hesitate to call.

Reason for CompensationTypical Award for CompensationNotes
Total or Effective Loss of Both Hands £107,000 - £153,200Both hands amputated, and left less than useless. The top loss of limb payment amounts are for cases where a prosthesis would be useless.
Total of Effective Loss of One Hand
£73, 100 to £83,325
Total amputation of one hand, or most of the palm and fingers. Dominant hand amputation receives the higher amount for these limb loss claims.
Middle/index Finger Amputation
Around £11,875
Renders the hand almost useless, with little grip or dexterity.
Amputation of the Little Finger
£6,575 to £9,300
Amputation of the Ring and Little Fingers
Around £16,600
Amputation of the thumb
£27,000 to £41,675
Severe Psychological injury£41,675 - £88,000Poor prognosis and a very severe inability to cope with life.
Moderate Psychological injury£4,450 - £14,500A more optimistic prognosis with some improvement by time of trial.
Less severe Psychological injury£1,170 - £4,450Length of time of recovery and ability to cope with life and sleep will be taken into account.
Anticipated Loss of Earnings£10,000 - £400,000This covers future loss of earnings, considering current pay scale as well as the prospects for promotion or wage increase during the time the claimant is expected to be away from the workplace.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000Wages actually lost due to time of work for recovery.
Suffering and Pain£1,000 - £200,000

No Win No Fee hand amputation claims

It often seems unfair that on top of a terrible accident, you are likely to face an uncertain financial future as well as the pain and torment a limb loss can bring. We offer a No Win No Fee compensation claims service because we feel you should be able to take action as soon as you wish after your accident, without having to pay any money upfront in legal fees. We also feel you should not have to pay anything out should your case not be successful in bringing you a compensation award.

Our No Win No Fee agreement outlines all of the details of this policy, and is clear and transparent. If, however, you are unable to understand anything within it, we will be delighted to talk you through any query or clarification requirement you might have. We want you to be clear on exactly how it works, and how you can gain top quality legal representation without having to pay out of your own pocket in legal fees.

Why choose us as your claims service for a hand amputation claim?

One of the reasons our clients recommend our services is that we don’t make them feel like just ‘a case’. We know you are much more than your injuries and your accident, which is why we take the time to listen to everything you have to say about how you are feeling and what concerns you. We want to take the stress out of making a claim as we know you have already been through an awful lot, and do not need any more issues than you already have to cope with.

We are also a well-respected company due to the fact that we have already secured high compensation pay outs for thousands of clients in a similar position to you. We know the claims process inside out and have the experience to fight for every penny of your compensation, so that you receive the maximum award available for your specific injuries.

Finally, we care enough to allow you to make a claim without asking for money up front. We know how precarious a financial position you can be put in when you’re faced with the uncertainty of severe injury, possible disability and the inability to perform tasks you once took for granted. Our No Win No Fee service allows you to make a claim with no money up front, and no money to pay should your claim not be successful in obtaining you a pay-out.

If you’d like to know more about what we feel sets us apart from other claims services, then why not give us a call. We’d be happy to explain to you why we feel we are the best people to handle your claim and get you the compensation you’re sure to deserve.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

It is simple and easy to begin a claim with us, but we understand that you may have some queries that you would like answered before you make a decision on whether making a claim for compensation is right for you. Simply call us on 0800 073 8804 and we will be happy to talk you through any aspect of a hand amputation compensation claim, whether it is information about what you need to provide us, what might happen to your employer as a result of your claim or something completely different. We will always answer you honestly, and will not push you into taking action if you are not ready or willing to. There’s really no reason not to get your questions about amputation claims answered by experienced professionals, so why not call us today.

Alternatively, if you are ready to start a claim with us, then we will act quickly in order to begin the process as soon as possible, allowing you to let us take care of the paperwork, keeping you fully informed of your claim’s progress every step of the way.

Helpful links

NHS – Amputation information

This link will lead you through the NHS’ guide to amputation, which covers a wealth of information about amputation and your recovery.

Legal Expert guide to finger amputation claims

If you have lost a finger as part of an accident, then this page may be worth visiting. This takes you to our complete guide on finger and partial finger amputation compensation claims.

Legal Expert – Amputation claims advice

Our general guide to amputation compensation claims gives you general advice on amputation claims. You may find this useful.

Legal Expert – Compensation for work accidents guide

If you have had a hand injury at work, then this guide should offer actionable advice on making a claim against your employer if they have been found to have been negligent in their duty of care to you.

Amputation and driving government advice

If you have suffered an amputation, you are required to inform the DVLA, as it could affect your driving ability. The link to do so is found here.

Government statistics on service personnel amputations

For military personnel, this page may prove useful. It details statistics pertaining to amputations on service personnel.

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