Losing a limb does not mean losing your independence. At Thompsons, we have helped thousands of adults and children to adapt and enhance their lifestyles following an amputation.

Our wealth of experience and links with affinity groups means we understand the physical, emotional and psychological impact that losing a limb can have on individuals and their families.

Adapting your surroundings to allow you to function as normally as possible can be expensive. You may need a prosthetic limb, a wheelchair or other walking aid or even a specially adapted house or car. We use our experience to ensure that our clients can access state-of-the-art prosthetics, ensuring they get the right amount of compensation in every claim, resulting in record settlements over the years.

 

Why Thompsons?

In cases involving serious injuries, such as amputations, it is important that you have an experienced solicitor dealing with your claim.

Our serious injury team brings together the most specialist and experienced lawyers with experts to fight for justice for the most seriously injured victims of accidents and clinical negligence.

Our primary objective is always to secure the maximum compensation for our clients in the shortest possible time, and we have earned a reputation for winning cases where there appeared to be little prospect of success.

 

Making an amputation compensation claim

 

In order to make a successful claim, we will need to prove that someone else was to blame for your injuries.

The stronger the evidence, the stronger the claim.

If you were injured at work, your employer at the time was responsible for providing a safe place of work and appropriate equipment. If you were injured in a road accident, the type of evidence that you have, or we can help collect for you, might be that another driver was driving without proper care and attention.

It may be helpful if you have any pictures, CCTV or dashcam footage relevant to the accident or your injuries.

Even if the evidence collected shows you were partly to blame for your accident, you may still have a valid claim if we can prove someone else was also at fault.

In the UK, there is a standard time limit of three years from the date of an accident in which a claim for compensation can be made. It is always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible so that a solicitor can thoroughly prepare your claim and, where appropriate, apply for interim payments, this can help with essential things like the cost of care, urgent housing adaptations, aids and equipment such as a custom-made prosthetic limb. It can also help to ease the financial strain during your treatment if you are unable to work.

Some exceptions to the time limit do exist, and special rules apply for children or adults who lack legal capacity, but it is always best to take legal advice as soon as possible.

After you are discharged from hospital, you will need a plan for your continuous care.

Our close working links with dedicated support co-ordinators, orthopaedic consultants, amputation-rehabilitation experts, prosthetic consultants, orthotic consultants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and care experts mean that you can trust us to access the specialist information and rehabilitation support that you need.

For very serious injuries, we work with five further types of specialists:

  • Case managers – to plan and co-ordinate any rehabilitation, care and support the patient may need
  • Support workers – to support the patient in their home and in the community
  • Job coaches – to help the patient look at ways of returning to their current employment, or to provide training to allow them to work in new areas
  • Disability architects – to help you to adapt your home to your condition or move to a more suitable property
  • Disability architects – to access the latest digital (and other) technologies, to help achieve independence.

These individuals will help you to come to terms with your injury and provide you with the help and support needed to move on with your life.

Compensation is awarded for pain, suffering and the inability to do things you could do before your accident. It can also cover the effects that an accident has had on your physical mobility and mental health.

We will obtain expert medical reports on your injuries, if necessary, and we will claim for all your losses and expenses, including loss of earnings now and in the future, and the ongoing costs of your care and assistance.

This also includes the costs of having others help you with the everyday things that you used to do - such as DIY, gardening and car maintenance. We will also claim all travelling expenses incurred because of the accident, including those of close relatives visiting you in hospital and the costs of buying and running a suitable vehicle in the future.

You may be entitled to state benefits.

While these claims are made separately to your claim for compensation, Thompsons can provide advice, or you can contact your local Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office.

We're here to help

If you or a loved one have suffered from an amputation, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Get in touch via our online enquiry form for free, no-obligation advice and to discuss your case.