Serious Injury Claims

Amputation Claims

We understand how a serious injury such as an amputation can affect all aspects of your life. Our specialist solicitors draw on years of experience in helping people get through what can be a hugely traumatic time. 

We have expertise helping many people who have lost a limb claim compensation. The kinds of accidents our clients have been involved in include:

  • Medical negligence
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Injuries suffered while serving in the military

We don’t stop at claiming compensation – we work with specialist prosthetics providers and rehabilitation experts, keeping up with the latest developments in amputation treatment. 

We’ll help you access the care or support you need to help adjust to life after the loss of a limb. You might need house adaptations to make things easier, or advice setting up a personal injury trust to protect your compensation – our breadth of expertise means we can support you whatever your needs.


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Amputation Claims - More Information
    • What’s The Process For Making A Claim?
    • After we’ve talked through your situation, we’ll be able to decide if your amputation was caused by someone else’s negligence. If we believe that mistakes have been made, we will get evidence from medical experts to support your case.

      Specialist care is also an important part of any serious injury claim. We’ll make sure that you have access to the very best medical support while we continue with your case.

      We’ll then calculate how much compensation you’ll need, taking into account your pain, loss of earnings and the cost of the medical treatment you’ve had so far and will need in the future.

      Once we’ve worked this out, we’ll negotiate a settlement with the people responsible. If they disagree, we’ll begin court proceedings – however, the majority of cases are settled out of court. 

    • How Can Irwin Mitchell Help?
    • Our solicitors handle serious injury compensation claims every day, but we understand that no two cases are the same. We know that you’ll have plenty to deal with already, seeing doctors and specialists and learning to adapt after suffering an amputation, so we’ll try and make the legal process as simple as possible.

      Choose us for your amputation claim and you’ll benefit from:

      • An early investigation of who’s to blame for your injuries
      • Interim compensation payments where possible to pay for private healthcare, rehabilitation and to help with your bills if you’re unable to work – these payments are made before your claim’s finished
      • Expert advice on state benefits, your employment rights and other financial issues
      • Help if you need it from solicitors in our other departments, such as employment law and Wills
      • Advice on setting up a personal injury trust for your compensation, which can ensure you’re still eligible for any benefits you received before your injury

      Every year we recover millions of pounds in compensation for people who have suffered serious injuries. We’re proud of our rehabilitation-led approach to claims, helping our clients access specialist care, services and accommodation where necessary.

    • What Are The Time Limits For Making An Amputation Claim?
    • Normally, a claim must be made within three years of the accident (or, if a child is involved, three years after they turn 18). There’s no time limit when the individual can’t manage their legal affairs because of mental incapacity. 

      However, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 056 4110

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Yes, many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you when making a compensation claim*.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll use this option to fund your case. It involves setting up an insurance policy that will cover the legal fees if your case isn’t successful, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the rest coming out of a pre-agreed proportion of your compensation. 

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information.


    • Meet Our Experts
    • With offices across the UK, we’re consistently ranked amongst the very best serious injury lawyers in the country by independent legal guides, who praise our “excellent client care” (Legal 500, 2014). We’ve also won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award on seven different occasions and have close relationships with charities like Brake.

      Meet the team


Cycling had a massive impact, both on my wife and the rest of my family."

Wyn, client
Wyn Jenkins

Frequently Asked Questions

What Complications Are There?

Having a limb amputated can have a number of associated health effects, ranging from psychological problems through to life-threatening issues. Physical complications include:

  • Blood clots
  • Heart problems
  • Infections
  • Mobility
  • Phantom limb pains (where the nerve endings in the stump malfunction and send pain signals to the brain)

After having an amputation, you might be struggling to adjust to your situation – the loss of a limb can have a huge psychological impact on people. You may suffer from depression or anxiety as a result of your amputation. Our solicitors have represented many people in your situation, securing successful outcomes that have enabled them to improve their quality of life greatly. 

Learning to cope with an amputation, physically and mentally, is something we focus on when helping our clients. We’ll make sure that all of the effects of an amputation are considered when you claim compensation, helping you to access expert care including pain specialists, counsellors and physiotherapists.

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What Support Will I Need After An Amputation?

It’s difficult to know where to turn when you or a loved one suffers an amputation. It’s a challenging and frustrating time, as simple tasks you once found easy become difficult or impossible. You’ll have to make a great deal of changes to:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Adaptations to your property
  • Specialist equipment
  • Care support and assistance
  • Private medical treatment and therapy
  • A prosthetic limb
  • Psychological support for dealing with limb loss
  • Help setting up a personal injury trust
  • Retraining if you are not able to return to the same career

Our client liaison managers will work closely with you from the beginning of your amputation claim. They’ll make sure that you receive the care and support you need while you’re recovering from an amputation, putting you in contact with people who specialise in all areas of rehabilitation.

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What Are The Different Types Of Amputation?

Our solicitors have experience helping people who have had a wide range of amputations, so we know what you’ll be going through and how to fight for the compensation and care you deserve. There are three main amputation types each with their own challenges:

  • Leg and/or foot – It takes much more energy to support yourself using a prosthetic, so you’ll need a certain degree of strength before having one fitted. If you’re not ready or suitable for a prosthetic, you’ll be taught to use a wheelchair. You’ll also have physiotherapy to counter any muscle imbalances. The location of your amputation (above or below knee) has an effect on the stump’s ability to bear weight.
  • Arm and/or hand – If you’ve had your dominant hand amputated, you’ll have to learn to write, carry objects and do tasks with your less dextrous hand. You may also have to adjust to using a prosthetic limb for everyday jobs.
  • Toe or finger - Having a toe amputated can affect your balance, as well as the ability to run or walk long distances (particularly when it’s the big toe). Finger and thumb amputations affect the ability to grasp, although surgical procedures can help reconstruct the missing muscle.

We’ve seen many of our clients make fantastic recoveries from amputations, like Wyn Jenkins who now regularly cycles 100 mile distances with an above-knee amputation.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

We’re proud to have won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions, showing our dedication to helping clients above and beyond the compensation claim.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.


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