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

By Max Micovic. Last Updated 4th May 2022. Welcome to our guide on leg amputation claims and leg amputation compensation. This guide aims to answer the question, how much compensation can you get for losing a limb? 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 claiming 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 amputation claims guide

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. Hence why you may wish to claim leg amputation compensation.

If you have lost your leg due to 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. However, if this is the case, you may wish to pursue a leg injury claim that could help compensate you for the financial implications your leg amputation has caused.

What are the benefits of filing a leg amputation claim?

So, 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. However, nothing can compensate for 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 due to another’s negligence, as well as providing an injury compensation table that offers a guide to leg amputation compensation amounts.

What is Leg Amputation?

Leg amputation claims usually happen due to a traumatic injury that has occurred and affected the leg concerned. Sometimes, leg amputation can be due to a medical condition. Still, 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 various 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 leg amputations, 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 necessary to make a successful leg amputation compensation claim 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 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 cannot take photographs yourself, 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 have been unable to work, then proof of income 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 straightforward. 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 relevant questions about your injuries and the events that have led to them.

Furthermore, 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 accidents 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, the 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 can cover any loss of earnings experienced due to 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

According to provisional statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 456 non-fatal amputation injuries reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) by employers in 2020/21. It is important to note that this number includes amputation of the arm, hand, finger, thumb, foot, toe and leg.

It’s important to recognise that the data provided above is not exclusive to leg amputations and is not directly related to negligence. However, if you’ve suffered another type of amputation that was the result of negligence, you could still potentially claim compensation for your injuries.

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. But any of these scenarios could allow you to make a leg amputation compensation claim.

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 you have fallen into, we can help you determine whether you have a valid compensation claim 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 in combat or whilst training, we know the complexities of claiming 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 injured whilst in the military. Our claims for clients who have been in combat and suffered this type of injury will take into account the physical injures associated with a leg amputation and 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 due to 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 claim compensation that could improve your prospects.

With experience dealing with claims against the NHS and private practice, whether your amputation was because of an incorrect diagnosis, or a surgical mistake by a medical professional, call us to discuss the options when considering how much compensation for an amputation claim. You can receive free, no-obligation advice about what to do next regarding your leg amputation compensation claim.

Living with 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 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 is also a period of extensive rehabilitation and adjustment. Your physiotherapist will explain to you how to look after the site of the amputation and how to preserve mobility in the remaining leg. This will allow you to preserve balance and mobility once you have a prosthesis and you’re undergoing training on using a prosthesis.

Remember that an amputation doesn’t just affect your physical health. It is common to need to grieve for the missing limb. When pursuing complete or partial leg amputation compensation, it is common to receive compensation for associated psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What Can Be Claimed For After an Accident Causing a Leg Amputation?

Leg amputation claims can include general and special damages. This section looks at what that could include.

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

Special damages, which could include the following:

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

Medical expenses – These may be part of your award. The costs of medical aids such as wheelchairs or other disability aids could be claimed for. Prescription costs for pain relief, counselling bills or physiotherapy treatments are also potential costs you could claim back. Not to mention any modifications to your car or home.

Loss of earnings – Both actual losses of earnings and future wages are considerations when calculating this part of your leg amputation compensation. All financial losses come under consideration.

Care claim – Someone will likely 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 unsure what you can claim as part of a leg amputation, 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 via road and machinery accidents, other instances could cause you to 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, if someone else is at fault, you could have a valid claim for leg amputation compensation. Call us to find out more. And if you’re wondering what awards leg amputation claims can attract, please read our next section.

How Much Could I Get In Loss of Limb Compensation?

The amount of compensation you could receive following a successful claim depends on many factors, including the extent of your injuries. Once out of the hospital, any further damages to your limbs may only be considered in your claim if it relates to the injury or accident you are claiming for. As such, unrelated injuries will not be evaluated unless you make a separate claim for a different injury caused by negligence.

Settlements awarded following successful amputation compensation claims will vary depending on certain factors. For instance, you could receive compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries under the general damages head of your claim. The amount you could receive will depend on both the physical and psychological effects of the injury and how badly it’s impacted your quality of life.

Below is an amputation compensation chart comprising different types of injuries at varying levels of severity. The Judicial College provides these compensation brackets based on previous claim amounts. No two claims are the same so you should only use these figures as a guide.

If you have further questions regarding proving that your injury was caused by negligence or if you would like an estimate that is more related to your specific injury, please call us using the above details.

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 Harm£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 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. So, 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. So, we can explain exactly how it works and how we can offer this service. That means if your claim is not successful, you don’t pay a penny out of your pocket for legal bills.

So, please call us to talk about No Win No Fee claims with us. And we will tell you honestly what it involves and how it works.

Why Choose Us As Your Claims Service For a Leg Amputation Claim?

We believe we offer a second to none service. And it’s likely that if you call one of our thousands of previous clients, they would agree with us. For a No Win No Fee leg injury compensation claim, we ensure you remain at the forefront of our work.

Our friendly yet professional staff deal with claims that involve extensive and distressing injuries. And we work hard to ensure that you receive care, respect and understanding at all times. We inform you of your claim’s progress at all times and will never proceed with action without your authority.

Our solicitors are ideal for their attention to detail, experience and dedication to fighting for the maximum compensation.

If you wish to know more about leg amputation claims, our team can answer any questions you have. Give us a call today to find out more.

Call For Free Advice and to Start a Claim

When wondering how much compensation for amputation, it’s far from being a stressful and complicated process. Indeed, you can begin a claim with us at any time, starting with a simple phone call to 0800 073 8804. You can also use our online contact form, or the live chat on this page.

Our professional yet sympathetic team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our service. This covers 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, please 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 go through in terms of recovery and 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

To find out more about how many UK service personnel suffer injuries requiring amputation, this may prove useful.

Help on claiming benefits

This page shows the breakdown of benefits you could claim due to a disability as a result of amputation. There are also 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

This page covers injuries due to dangerous machinery in the workplace. Please read our guide for information on how to claim.

CICA compensation guide

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

Leg Amputation Claims – FAQs

How much compensation can you get for losing a limb?

This very much depends on the specifics of your injury, including whether you lose one leg or both. Not to mention whether the amputation is above the knee or below it. And also for any considerations of special damages.

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, preparation for this will begin when you’re in the 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 frailer 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.

However, there are exceptions in the cases of child accident claims and if the claimant has diminished mental capacity. In both cases, a litigation friend will be needed to claim compensation on their behalf.

If a child suffers from a leg amputation after an accident caused by negligence, a litigation friend can start a leg amputation compensation claim at any time until they turn 18. After this point, the claimant would have 3 years to do so themselves.

Alternatively, a litigation friend can start a claim for someone with diminished mental capacity at any time, and the time limit is suspended unless they recover. If they recover, they have the usual 3 years to start a claim for themselves.

Can I make a claim for leg amputation compensation myself?

You can. However, we recommend 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 to 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?

There are the general damages for the impact that your injury has on your quality of life. And leg amputation compensation also covers care costs, medical treatment costs and travel expenses.

Thank you for reading our guide on leg amputation claims. We hope you now know more about how much compensation you could claim for an amputation.

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