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Leg Amputation Compensation Amounts Calculate – How Much Can I Claim?

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 6th April 2021. Welcome to our guide on leg amputation claims and leg amputation compensation. So, how much compensation for an amputation, then? Whether it is walking, standing or dancing, many of us take for granted our ability to perform all of these tasks. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, and lost a leg because of it, then it is likely that you experience many different difficulties than you would have imagined. If you are unlucky enough to have found yourself in this position, then you may be able to claim compensation to assist you financially after this debilitating and devastating injury.

Read on for more information on making a claim after a leg amputation, or call us on 0800 073 8804 to start your claim today.

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A guide to leg amputation injury claims

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Leg amputated

Losing a leg can be catastrophic, and not only if you are a particularly active person. Leg amputations have serious and long-reaching consequences that run far beyond affecting your ability to move around as you’d like to. From mental health issues due to loss of mobility to issues that sitting for long periods of time have on the body, there will be a lot to take in after a leg amputation. Recovery can be slow, and painful, and whether you have a positive outlook on life or not before your accident, chances are you will face enormous hurdles that you have to overcome.

If you have lost your leg as a result of an accident that was not your fault, the situation can be particularly hard to deal with, especially if it is the fault of someone else. If this is the case, however, you may wish to pursue a leg injury claim that could help compensate you for the financial implications your leg amputation has caused. Leg amputation claims can not only provide a platform from which to begin your life afresh after your accident but also attempt to provide an award to cover the pain and suffering you’ve experienced, although nothing can compensate from your missing limb completely. Here, we have produced a guide that takes you through the relevant information you need to know about leg amputation and what it involves. We also explain what is involved in claims after you’ve had a limb amputated, as well as providing an injury compensation calculator that offers a guide to leg amputation compensation amounts.

What is leg amputation?

Leg amputation claims happen usually due to a traumatic injury that has occurred and affected the leg concerned. Sometimes, leg amputation can be due to a medical condition, but for most leg amputation compensation claims, it is down to an accident, whether on the road or at work or a slip, trip or fall, for military combat or in some cases, medical negligence.

There are a variety of different leg amputations, depending on where the leg is severed in trauma or is required to be amputated to save the life of the patient, in cases of extreme damage to the leg. The loss of limb claims amounts may be slightly different for each type of amputation. With this in mind, we provide a guide to the different types of leg amputation below:

  • Long transtibial – In this type of amputation, more than 50 per cent of the tibia will remain intact below the knee.
  • Short transtibial – In these cases, between 20 and 50 per cent of the tibia will remain below the knee after the amputation.
  • Knee disarticulation – This will be an amputation of the leg through the knee’s joint itself.
  • Long transfemoral – This is an amputation over the knee that will leave more than 60 per cent of the femur on the patient.
  • Transfemoral – Amputation of the leg above the knee whereupon between 35 per cent and 60 per cent of the femur is left.
  • Short transfemoral – leg amputation above the knee with less than 35 per cent of the femur remaining.
  • Hip disarticulation – The pelvis is left intact, and the leg is amputated through the hip joint.

With these many different types of leg amputation, it is no wonder that leg amputation compensation awards can vary wildly. Hence why you need to consider the amputation before determining how much compensation for an amputation.

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

If you are involved in a leg amputation incident that is not your fault, whether you want to make a claim immediately or not, then it is best to gather as much information as possible about the event and the effect that it has had on you, as you may need to call on this later. The information gathered could include:

Driver and witness details – Whether your leg amputation incident came about because of a car accident or not, details of those at the scene should be taken. If there is a driver involved in another vehicle, then the model, make and number plate of the vehicle should be recorded, as well as full details of the driver that include their contact number, name and address, and if it is a company vehicle, you will need the name and contact details for the company. Similarly, for witnesses to any type of leg amputation accident, contact details should be noted.

  • Notes of the incident – While events are still fresh in your mind, it is wise to write them down or dictate them to someone who can do this for you. Sometimes memories get confused, so it is best to get them down on paper as soon as you can.
  • Photos of the scene and your injuries – It is vital to record your injuries and what has happened at the scene, and photographs can really help in this case. If you are unable to take photographs yourself, then it may be a good idea to ask someone to take them for you.
  • Proof of monetary loss – Whether you have had to pay for physiotherapy, prescription or travel costs, it is wise to keep proof of these costs incurred. If you have had an accident and been unable to work then proof of income that you have missed out on is also relevant.

If you’d like to know more about gathering documentation that could support your limb loss claims, then do not hesitate to ask. We will be happy to talk you through what sort of evidence is useful, and what may not be used to support leg amputation claims.

How to begin a leg injury claim

Beginning a leg amputation compensation claim is fairly straight forward. Simply call our team, and our advisors, who have been trained in dealing with all kinds of injuries, will talk you through the process in which we work. Initially, we will arrange a free consultation with no obligation to use our service. We will ask you the relevant questions about your injuries and the events that have led to them. We will also talk you through our No Win No Fee service, explaining that you will not have to pay any money upfront for pursuing loss of limb compensation and that you will not have to pay a penny should your claim not result in a loss of limb payment. Once the agreement has been reviewed carefully by you and signed, then our experienced team will match you with one of our in-house specialist solicitors, who will then work to take the claim forward for you.

It is important to remember that if you have any queries at any stage of your amputation compensation claim that we are only ever on the other end of the phone, and we will be happy to speak to you at any point before, during and after your claim.

For more information about the kinds of accident that might lead to leg amputation claims, and the places where they might occur, please keep reading.

Leg amputation accident at work claims

Sadly, many leg amputations occur due to accidents at work, and some of these require the person injured to give up their job as they are unable to perform the same tasks as they once did. Ironically, even if the leg amputation is due to an accident at work, policy may dictate that an injured party’s wages are reduced while they are away from work recovering from their injuries, with some reduced to receiving only statutory sick pay. Luckily, leg amputation compensation is able to cover any loss of earnings experienced as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Here’s something to consider when wondering how much compensation for an amputation you could claim for. Making leg amputation claims against your employer may seem strange, but when you consider the fact that they have insurance in place to ensure they can cover a compensation payout, as well as the fact that there is legislation in place to ensure that you are not treated any differently because of your claim, making a claim is not so worrying. Even so, we understand your concerns, especially since we have pursued many claims from accidents at work before, and can reassure you that there will be no come back on you from making a claim.

Accident at work statistics

Accidents at work that result in an employee losing a limb are, thankfully, fairly uncommon. But the devastating effects of these kinds of injury mean that pursuing leg amputation compensation is important, as losing a limb can affect someone’s quality of life in a big way.

Looking at the graph below using data provided by HSE, we can see that the number of injuries in the workplace resulting in limb amputation has been broadly flat since 2014; there have been minor fluctuations in the annual number of these injuries, but nothing that would indicate a trend.

leg amputation claims statistics graph

leg amputation claims statistics graph

In 2019/20, injuries resulting in leg amputation accounted for 3% of specified injuries reported to RIDDOR. Although this may not seem significant, it’s a larger proportion than burns accounted for (<1%) in the same time period.

It’s important to recognise that the data provided above is not exclusive to leg amputations and is not directly related to negligence.

Leg amputation slip, trip and fall claims

Whilst it may seem strange that slips, trips and falls can cause leg amputation, it really does depend on where you slip, trip and fall. A fall from height because of a slip or trip can lead to massive trauma to the leg. A slip into machinery can have consequences that are equally as bad.

If you have had to undergo a leg amputation because of trauma to the leg that has happened because of a slip, trip or fall, then it may be because of someone else’s negligent behaviour. Whether it is loose cables you have tripped and fallen on or a missing guard on machinery that you have fallen into, then we can help you to find out whether you have a valid claim for compensation and will work hard to secure the maximum compensation possible for your debilitating injury.

Our next section will give you more insight into leg amputation claims made after an injury in the military; please read on if this is of interest to you.

Leg amputation in military claims

In active service, and even in training, accidents can happen. With experience in pursuing military amputation claims for personnel who have been injured in combat or whilst training, we know the complexities of making a claim in this regard. However, we have the knowledge required to submit a claim for leg amputation compensation that could lead to a better future for those who have been injured whilst in the military. Our claims for clients who have been in combat and suffered this type of injury will not only take into account the physical injures associated with a leg amputation, but also factors in the mental anguish and torment, including possible PTSD diagnoses that are commonly part of military claims.

Leg amputation medical negligence claims

Leg amputation claims can also be made as a result of medical negligence which has caused you to lose your leg. Whether you have suffered medical negligence in a private or NHS hospital that has resulted in the loss of your leg, we can help you make a claim for compensation that could improve your future prospects. With experience dealing with claims against the NHS as well as private practice, whether your amputation was because of an incorrect diagnosis, or surgical mistake by a medical professional, simply call us to talk through the options when considering how much compensation for an amputation claim. You can receive free, no-obligation advice about what to do next with regards to your leg amputation compensation claim.

Living with leg amputation

Whilst initially your prospects for a full life may seem bleak after a leg amputation, it is important to remember that there is help available for those who have been through this traumatic experience.

Initially, after your amputation, whether traumatic or surgical, you will experience pain and swelling. Compression garments may help to reduce the swelling and pain and aid recovery, but it is essential you look after your wound as much as possible to ensure the best fit for a prosthesis should you require one in the long term.

There will be a period of extensive rehabilitation and adjustment. Your therapist will not only explain to you how to look after the site of the amputation but also how to preserve mobility in the remaining leg, which will allow you to preserve balance and mobility once your prosthesis is fitted and you are undergoing training on using a prosthetist.

It is important to realise that it is not only your physical health that will be affected through amputation. It is common to need to grieve for the missing limb, as well as the future you thought you had with both limbs. When pursuing complete or partial leg amputation compensation, it is common to receive both a mental health issue award due to the grief and depression amputation can cause to a person.

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

Most leg amputation claims include the following types of compensation:

Travel costs incurred: Whether travel expenses for medical appointments you have needed to travel to or travel to appointments as part of your claim, it is likely that you will have paid out of pocket for at least some things due to your injuries.

Medical expenses – These may be compensated for as part of your award. Medical aids such as wheelchairs, or other disability aids will be included here, prescription costs for pain relief, counselling bills or physiotherapy treatments can also be claimed for. Also included are any modifications to your car or home.

Loss of earnings: Both actual loss of earnings and future wages will be taken into account when calculating this part of your leg amputation compensation. All financial losses come under consideration.

General damages: This is to compensate you for the loss of your leg, the trauma and suffering.

Care claim: It is likely that someone will have had to look after your basic needs while you have been recovering. You may even need long term care. If so, the person who has cared for you can submit a care claim.

If you are at all unsure as to what you can claim as part of a leg amputation, then do not hesitate to ask. We will always take the time to answer any questions you might have about your injury, your claim, or your care.

The most common accidents causing leg amputations

Whilst most leg amputations are caused by road accidents and machinery accidents, there are other instances where you may lose your leg. Here, we list the most common causes of leg amputation (excluding medical conditions where no one is at fault)

  1. Construction site injuries
  2. Road traffic accidents
  3. Warehouse accidents
  4. Factory accidents
  5. Combat injuries
  6. Medical Negligence
  7. Fire or fireworks accidents

Whatever the reason for your amputation, if someone else is found to be at fault, you could have a claim for compensation. Simply call us to find out whether you may have a valid claim.

If you’re wondering what kinds of awards leg amputation claims can attract, then please read on to our next section.

How much compensation will I get after an accident causing a leg amputation? (Updated March 2021)

It is impossible for us to accurately predict the actual compensation you will receive after a leg amputation. No two cases are the same, just as no two accidents are exactly the same, so it would be unfair of us to mislead you by promising you a certain amount of compensation.

Instead, what we can do is offer an illustration of the possible claims that may make up your compensation award. In the table below, we have listed the most common type of damages that can be claimed as part of a leg amputation claim. We hope you find this table useful, but if you require any clarification on what is involved or what type of injury you may be able to claim for, then do not hesitate to call us.

Reason for CompensationTypical Award for CompensationNotes
Mental Anguish£4,380Fear of death or the expectation of the end of the claimant’s life, as experienced as part of the incident.
Less severe Psychological harm£1,440 to £5,500The patient’s ability to sleep, function mentally on a daily basis and what trauma was caused initially are taken into account.
Moderate Psychological harm£5,500 to £17,900The trauma will have caused inability to cope with day to day living. Prognosis will be good.
Moderately Severe Psychological harm £17,900 to £51,460The trauma will have caused inability to cope with day to day living. Prognosis will be less optimistic than above, but more optimistic than in cases of severe psychological damage
Severe Psychological damage£51,460 to £108,620Prognosis of recovery will be poor.
Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder £7,680 to £21,730The injured person will have largely recovered and any continuing effects will not be grossly disabling.
Moderately Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder £21,730 to £56,180The effects are likely to cause significant disability for the foreseeable future.
Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder £56,180 to £94,470Such cases will involve permanent effects which prevent the injured person from working at all or at least from functioning at anything approaching the pre-trauma level.
Loss of both legs £225,960 to £264,650Both legs lost above the knee, or one high above the knee and one below the knee. Phantom limb pain, psychological damage and other medical problems will be taken into account.
Loss of both legs below knee£189,110 to £253,480The level of the amputations will be considered along with psychological effect, medical problems due to amputation and phantom limb pain.
Amputation (One leg above knee)£98,380 to £129,010Severity of any phantom limb pain, level of amputation and residual injuries will be considered.
Amputation (One leg below knee)£91,950 to £124,800Prosthetic success, trauma of injury and complexity of amputation will determine the level of award.

No Win No Fee leg amputation claims

When it comes to claiming leg amputation compensation, we believe that if the accident were the fault of someone else, you should not have to pay out of pocket to get the compensation that you deserve. With this in mind, we are proud to have a robust No Win No Fee policy that allows you to pursue a claim without having to pay out of your own pocket to do so. We know the financial strain a leg amputation can put on your finances, and we would not like to think that you would have to stretch this even further to pay legal bills at this difficult time.

We will be happy to talk you through our No Win No Fee policy, explaining exactly how it works, and how we can offer this service which means if your claim is not successful then you won’t pay a penny out of your pocket for legal bills.

Simply call us to talk about No Win No Fee claims with us, and we will tell you honestly what is involved and how it works.

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

We believe we offer a service that is second to none, and it is likely that if you called one of our thousands of previous clients that they would agree with us. When it comes to making a No Win No Fee leg injury compensation claim with us, we will work hard to ensure you remain at the forefront of all that we do.

Our friendly yet professional staff are well versed in dealing with claims that involve extensive and distressing injuries, and we work hard to ensure that you are treated with care, respect and understanding at all times. We keep you fully informed of your claim’s progress at all times, and will never go ahead with any action without your authority.

Our solicitors are hand-picked for their attention to detail, their experience and their dedication to fighting for the maximum compensation for each and every client we help.

Add this to the fact that we have successfully claimed millions of pounds worth of compensation for our clients over the years and you will surely agree that we provide a service that works hard to offer everything a victim of an accident just like yours requires.

If you’d like to know more about leg amputation claims, our team are on standby to answer any questions you have; just give us a call today to find out more.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

When wondering how much compensation for an amputation, it’s far from being a stressful and complicated process. Indeed, you can begin a claim with us starts with a simple phone call to 0800 073 8804. Our professional yet sympathetic team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our service, our solicitors, our no win no fee process or any aspect of the claims process. For free advice on any part of leg amputation claims, that does not put you under any obligation to start a claim with a law firm. Simply call our team and we will be happy to answer your questions regarding leg amputation compensation claims.

Helpful Links

Amputations advice from the NHS

This page takes you to the NHS guide on amputation. It contains advice on what you are likely to go through in terms of recovery, as well as explaining different types of amputation.

Amputation and driving government advice

It is a legal requirement to inform the DVLA of any restrictions to your driving ability. This page leads you to the government’s advice on this subject.

UK service personnel amputation stats

If you’re interested in finding out more about how many UK service personnel suffer injuries requiring amputation, then this link may prove useful.

Help on claiming benefits

This page shows the breakdown of benefits you may be able to claim as a result of being disabled because of amputation, as well as any care costs that you may be able to claim.

HGV Accident compensation

Our guide to claiming after an accident involving a heavy goods vehicle.

Dangerous machinery at work claims

Have you been injured because of dangerous machinery in the workplace? Read our guide for information on how to claim.

CICA compensation guide

Read our guide to see how you could claim compensation for a criminal injury.

Leg amputation claims- FAQs

How much compensation do you get for leg amputation?

This very much depends on the specifics of your injury, including whether you’ve lost one leg or both, whether the amputation is above the knee or below it and any special damages that need to be considered.

How long does it take to recover from a leg amputation?

This depends on your general health and strength and the kind of amputation you’ve had. The wound should heal within a couple of months.

How long after a leg amputation can you get a prosthetic?

If you’re deemed eligible for a prosthetic, then preparation for this will begin when you’re in hospital. However, it can take months in some cases before you can be fitted with a prosthetic.

Can everyone get a prosthetic after amputation?

No. Moving around with a prosthetic limb can use a lot of energy, so people with heart conditions or who are more frail may not be suitable for a prosthetic.

How long do I have to claim for a leg amputation?

The personal injury claims time limit for all injuries, including leg amputations, is three years.

Can I make a claim for leg amputation compensation myself?

You can. However, due to the complex nature of these kinds of injury claims, it’s recommended that you have a personal injury solicitor to handle the claim for you and maximise your compensation.

What should I do to strengthen my personal injury claim?

The best thing you can do to strengthen your claim is collect evidence. Keep hold of any receipts or invoices for costs you’ve incurred due to your injuries.

What can be claimed for in a leg amputation compensation claim?

As well as the general damages for the impact that your injury has had on your quality of life, leg amputation compensation will also cover care costs, medical treatment costs and travel expenses.

Thank you for reading our guide on leg amputation claims, which answers how much compensation for an amputation you could claim for.

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