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Amputation refers to the removal of body extremities, such as arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers and toes.  Amputation can take place surgically or through trauma.

Surgical amputations usual take place as a matter of last resort when a body part has been damaged too severely to be saved or has a serious infection which may spread to other parts of the body.

Traumatic amputations involve an extremity being torn or cut from the body during an accident.  These most often occur in road accidents, in particular those involving bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians, and accidents at work, especially were heavy machinery is involved.

No matter the cause, amputation will have a dramatic, possibly life changing, effect on the sufferer.  Aside from the pain and suffering you may not be able to continue to work in the role you had prior to the incident or even at all.  You may have difficulty in performing tasks you previously took for granted and could need a prosthetic limb, a wheelchair or other walking aid.  You may even need specialist adaptations made to your home and vehicle to enable you to use them.  These physical complications can lead to huge amounts of mental stress, compounding your difficulties.

If you have had an amputation as a result of an accident or medical negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.  Whilst compensation cannot replace your limb or body part it will help to put your life back together as much as possible.

For instance, a typical claim may include compensation for:

  • pain and suffering
  • out of pocket expenses
  • rehabilitation costs
  • nursing care
  • disability aids or specialist equipment
  • transport costs
  • home modification costs
  • future loss of earnings

Beyond purely financial matters, amputations can be devastating.  That is why our solicitors work closely with a number of medical experts to ensure that, not only you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible but, more importantly, that you get your life back as fully as possible, as soon as possible.

If you would like further information about amputation injuries and how to arrange your free compensation claim meeting, call Simon, James (Jim) or James on Plymouth 01752 668246 or send an email by clicking here.

Simon Jessett
James Bedford
James Hancock