Specialist Amputation Compensation Solicitors
It is estimated there are around 5-6,000 major limb amputations every year in the UK. It goes without saying that the impact of an amputation on a person’s life is significant.
As an amputee, you will need to completely readjust the way you perform certain day to day tasks and the loss of a limb may also have an impact on the way you think and feel about life. It is important that alongside any treatment you receive for the physical side of your injury, you also receive the emotional support and counselling needed to come to terms with such a huge change.
Making an amputation compensation claim is very different from making a claim for other types of personal injury. Loss of limb claims are complex and you should therefore instruct a solicitor who has experience in handling these types of claims and can help with early treatment and support after an amputation.
Here at CFG Law we have seen first-hand how daunting and stressful it can be when you, or a loved one, suffer a severe injury. We also understand that clients want to get back to work and regain their life as quickly as possible. Our solicitors are compassionate and dedicated professionals who will help you to get your life back on track as quickly as possible.
How we can help
Our aim is to:
Truly make a positive difference in all that we do for clients and their families.
We will immediately appoint a dedicated team led by a senior solicitor to deal with your amputation claim. They will get your case up and running straight away and have the resources and expertise to ensure that you have access to the best medical experts and support services almost immediately to help with both your physical and emotional wellbeing.
From our experience, by far the most crucial factor in ensuring the greatest amount of physical and emotional progress is early treatment and rehabilitation.
We will support you and your family and take the stress out of making a compensation claim, whilst our legal team fight to secure maximum compensation.
We deliver a bespoke service and ensure all clients and their families are treated with respect and compassion. Call us any time on 0800 612 8196 to discuss your claim (or to discuss a family member’s claim). Or you can arrange for one of our serious injury solicitors to call you back within a few minutes.
We will always advise you on your options so that you can make an informed choice on what is most suitable for your situation. All calls are in full confidence with no obligation.
We also ensure that there are no financial risks to you or your family as all claims are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means there’s nothing at all to pay should your claim be unsuccessful.
Given the severity of loss of limb claims, our team is also mobile – we can come and meet with you and your family at any location.
Support and treatment after an amputation
In order to recover from your amputation you will have a short stay in hospital. This is to ensure there are no complications with the wound and to observe the healing process.
It is important at this stage that you also see an occupational therapist, who will be able to assess what aids and adaptations need to be made in order to get you back home with some level of independence. You should also start physical therapy to help with rehabilitation and teach you ways of performing tasks after your amputation. This physical therapy will also help build muscle strength, as well as improving mobility.
Your emotional wellbeing is also crucial and you may need help with counselling and coming to terms with the accident and impact on your life.
At CFG Law, our solicitors are not only there to support you with your amputation compensation claim, but their immediate priority is to ensure you get access to the best experts and support services almost immediately. They will help tailor a treatment and rehabilitation programme to help with a quicker recovery.
Causes of amputation
Some illnesses and diseases may have side-effects which result in amputations. However, the amputation claims we commonly deal with are those required after a trauma or injury, which means the limb cannot heal and recover. These injuries can include:
Crush injuries – this is when the limb is crushed by another object and cannot be repaired. Limbs can be crushed in machinery at work, or in a road traffic accident.
Blast injuries – these occur when in close proximity to explosive devices, such as in the armed forces.
Avulsion injuries – this is when the limb is torn away from the body. This can happen in a dog bite attack, or if the limb gets caught in machinery and dragged away from the body.
Guillotine injuries – this is when a limb is completely severed or nearly completely severed from the body. This can happen in an accident at work, such as when working with a power tool.
Severe burns – including chemical burns and burns caused by extreme levels of heat.
Effects of amputation
The effect an amputation has on you depends on the type of amputation itself. The effects can vary widely from person to person, and what becomes a problem for one person may not cause any problems for another. This is why it is important that treatment and support programmes are bespoke to each individual.
Physical effects can include:
Problems with mobility and dexterity;
- A leg amputation can lead to early problems with mobility. You are likely to need extensive physiotherapy to learn how to move around without the leg or learn how to use a prosthetic limb to aid walking.
- An arm amputation may affect your balance, which may limit mobility or your confidence in moving around unaided. You may also have difficulty performing everyday tasks, such as dressing, washing or cooking. It is possible that you will need to learn to do these things in another way or you may require adaptations to your home or additional help and assistance.
Feelings of phantom limb or stump pain
- Pain in the remaining stump can be very uncomfortable and can be caused by damage to the nerves at the amputation site.
- Phantom limb is a phenomenon that affects up to 80% of people who have had an amputation. People can feel pain, stabbing sensation or burning in the limb that is no longer there.
Infection in the amputation site
- Infections can develop in the wound at the amputation site. This can cause prolonged problems with the amputation, including problems with blood supply, circulation and blood clots. In serious cases, this can lead to further amputation and severely delay the healing process.
Fatigue and tiredness
- This can be as a result of increased activity to compensate for the missing limb, as well as the extra energy needed to use a prosthetic limb. Any medication taken can also affect tiredness levels, and other emotional strains can result in reduced sleep.
Emotional and psychological effects can cause just as many problems as the physical aspect of amputation and can also affect family and friends. Psychological problems can include:
Emotional effects of the trauma itself
- Some psychological problems in relation to the traumatic event itself may present themselves soon after the accident, for example post traumatic stress disorder. However, other emotional problems may appear as you start to adapt to life with a disability. Depression is common in amputees as they come to terms with what has happened.
Problems with the way you look
- Body image problems are also common after an amputation. You can become self-conscious about your appearance after an amputation.
Social life and activities
- Not being able to take part in some activities you once enjoyed is incredibly difficult. It is not only the physical aspect, but as people withdraw from former social activities they can become isolated and psychological problems can get worse. This isolation can have a negative impact on relationships and you could start to take your frustrations out on those closest to you.
What to do next
Your main priority should be recovering from your injuries. By starting the legal process for amputation compensation as soon as possible, we can help with early recovery and access to specialist treatment, financial assistance and other support services.
With the help of experts, we will put together an early programme of treatment and additional support which will give you the best chance of recovery. It is important that this is started early in the instance of amputation; statistics prove that the earlier you start an effective recovery and rehabilitation programme, the greater recovery you will make.
Let us help you to claim the amputation compensation you deserve and require to make the best possible recovery. Call today on 0800 612 8196 (open 24 hours) to discuss your amputation injury claim.
At CFG Law we have your best interests at heart and want to ensure you and your family have the support you need throughout. We will also look to secure early interim (compensation) payments for clients. These can be vital and can help with meeting the costs of living, clearing debts that may have accumulated since your accident, paying for specialist equipment and much more.