Amputation Claims2023-08-24T15:45:21+01:00

Amputation Claims Solicitors

Amputation Claims Solicitors

Have you lost a limb in an accident that wasn’t your fault? We’ll help you to secure the amputation compensation you deserve.

  • Experienced in helping people who’ve undergone amputations in Northern Ireland
  • Strong record of pursuing similar claims since 1993
  • Simple claims process with expert support at every stage
  • Focus on what matters while we handle everything
  • Free initial consultation to discuss your amputation claim

Loss of Limb & Amputation Claims, Northern Ireland

From our experience of supporting clients who have undergone amputations, we understand the complex physical and emotional trauma involved. While the circumstances vary dramatically, losing a limb is always a life-changing event.

Making an amputation compensation claim will aid your recovery and rehabilitation. It will also give the financial support needed to maintain or improve your quality of life. We’ve seen how securing compensation can lead to a brighter future after limb loss.

Types of Amputation Injuries

Causes of Amputation & Loss of Limbs

There are a variety of different causes of amputation and the loss of limbs that lead to amputation claims. We’ve mentioned some of them already but let’s take a closer look at some of the main reasons for an amputation.

Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe and minimise the risk of amputation due to accidents at work. Providing inadequate safety training, failing to put in place the correct health and safety procedures, and having poorly maintained or unsuitable equipment can result in amputation injuries. You could make an amputation claim if:

  • Your fingers, hand or arm had to be amputated because the machine you were using didn’t have the correct safety guard.
  • Your foot or leg had to be amputated because it was crushed when dangerously stacked items fell on it.
  • Your toe had to be amputated because your employer didn’t provide steel toe-capped boots when you were working with a chainsaw.
Motorists — and especially more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians — can suffer amputation injuries in road traffic accidents. You can claim if the accident was someone else’s fault because they were:

  • Speeding, driving aggressively or failing to follow the Highway Code correctly.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Distracted by a mobile phone, radio or satnav.
When visiting public places, you’re reliant on the business or landowner putting in place measures to keep you safe. If they don’t and you suffer an injury that leads to you losing a limb, you’re eligible to make an amputation claim. For example:

  • You suffered a crush injury because signage or building materials fell on you.
  • A limb was crushed or severed by dangerous or poorly maintained play or leisure equipment.
  • You suffered traumatic injuries in a fire, explosion or other disaster.
Surgical amputations are sometimes unavoidable. But they may be the result of medical negligence if a doctor has failed in their duty of care to you. You can make an amputation claim for medical negligence if your amputation was due to:

  • Mistakes and avoidable damage caused during surgery
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to read X-ray results correctly
  • Incorrect, inadequate or delayed treatment

Amputation Claim Eligibility

Anyone who has lost a limb in an accident that wasn’t their fault is entitled to make an amputation claim in Northern Ireland. You can claim for yourself or on behalf of a friend or family member.

Claiming for Yourself – You are eligible to claim amputation compensation if you’ve undergone an amputation because of someone else’s negligence.

Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else – You can make an amputation claim for a child under 18 or a loved one who’s unable to claim due to their injuries or another disability. Please get in touch to discuss your options for claiming on their behalf.

Amputation Claim Process

Coming to terms with the loss of a limb can be a challenging time for anyone. We’ve designed our amputation claim process so that you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation while we take care of your claim. Here’s what to expect:

Step 1: Contact Reid Black
Get in touch for a no-obligation chat. We’ll offer free initial legal advice on your amputation claim and the options available to you.

Step 2: Gathering Information
We’ll collect all the evidence we need to support your claim. This might include medical records, rehabilitation notes, police or Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland reports, and any evidence from the scene of the accident.

Step 3: Medical Assessment
We’ll arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional who will make sure nothing has been overlooked and that we have a full understanding of any long-term impact of your injuries.

Step 4: Compensation Negotiations
Next, we will negotiate with the at-fault party or their insurer to secure the maximum compensation amount to which you’re entitled.

Step 5: Compensation Payout
With the compensation amount agreed, we’ll oversee prompt payment so you can start using the money to support your recovery.

Amputation Claim Time Limits

You usually have three years from the date of your operation in which to make an amputation claim in Northern Ireland. The exceptions to this time limit are:

  • If you were under 18 at the time of your amputation, you can claim up to your 21st birthday.
  • If you or the person you’re claiming for was unable to make a claim during the usual timeframe because they suffered brain damage or were mentally incapacitated in another way.

Amputation Compensation

If you’ve lost a limb, it’s important to claim amputation compensation that reflects the pain and hardship you’re enduring as well as the physical and psychological impact of your injury.

Compensation can help you to address the seen and unseen effects of amputation, and put plans in place that safeguard you and your loved ones for the future. Compensation is split into general damages and special damages.

General Damages Compensation

General damages means the compensation you’re entitled to for the direct impact of losing a limb. This includes the pain and suffering caused by the circumstances of the amputation, any ongoing and phantom pain you’re experiencing, and the overall impact the amputation has had on your quality of life.

Below you will see examples of compensation amounts you could receive in Northern Ireland if you’ve suffered an amputation. Please note these amounts are guidelines only, and your total compensation will be based on the severity of your amputation:

  • Arms – £90,000 to £600,000
  • Hands – £85,000 to £425,000
  • Fingers – up to £140,000
  • Legs – £140,000 to £400,000
  • Feet – £30,000 to £400,000

Special Damages Compensation

Special damages are awarded for financial hardship and expenses you’ve experienced because of your amputation. It covers things like:

  • Loss of Employment & Earnings – You don’t have to suffer financially if you can no longer work or your income has dropped following an amputation. You can claim for earnings you’ve already lost as well as future earnings and pensions. You can also claim lost earnings on behalf of a loved one whose employment has been impacted by your amputation.
  • Rehabilitation & Medical Costs – Amputations often result in long-term or even lifelong physio appointments, occupational therapy and medical treatments. You can claim for the past, ongoing and future costs of your recovery.
  • Adaptations to Your Life – This might include prosthetics, adaptations and aids around the home, and even moving house. You can claim for the changes you need to make to secure the quality of life you deserve.
  • Care Provisions – The additional care you might need after losing a limb often comes at a cost. Travel expenses, cleaning and housekeeping costs, and going shopping might require extra assistance following an amputation. You can claim for the cost of the care provisions you need.

Why Choose Reid Black?

Through our experience of pursuing successful amputation claims in Belfast and Northern Ireland, we’ve built the knowledge and legal expertise to secure the compensation that’s rightfully yours.

We understand that the physical and mental impact of an amputation is different for anyone who loses a limb. We’re ready to listen, hear your voice and put in place the support that reflects the challenges you’re facing. That support goes beyond our legal know-how and includes:

  • Access to rehabilitation professionals
  • Advice on prosthetics
  • Advice for home adaptations
  • Advice and support for future employment

Our Specialist Amputation Claim Solicitors

Our Specialist Amputation Claim Solicitors

Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch
30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
  • Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
  • He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
  • Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
  • He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
  • Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Libby Smyth
Libby Smyth
20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
  • Libby Smyth is one Northern Ireland’s leading Road Traffic Accident and Personal Injury Solicitors.
  • She will handle your Road Traffic Accident Claim effectively and efficiently, keeping your best interests as her prime concern.
  • Specialist in all types of personal injury claims, with a focus on Road Traffic Injury Claims.
  • Libby can expedite your injury claim to ensure you get your compensation as fast as possible.
  • If you’ve been injured as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, contact Libby today for free initial chat to see if you’re eligible for a claim.
Eilis McQuillan
Eilis McQuillan
14 YEARS EXPERIENCE
  • Elis McQuillan has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accident Claims in Northern Ireland.
  • She will prioritise your interest’s first and act solely on your behalf.
  • Specialist in all types of Road Traffic Accident Claims and Litigation, including Car Accidents, Cycling Accidents and Motorbike Accidents.
  • Ellis can Fast Track your Road Traffic Accident Claim, so you get your compensation as soon as possible.
  • Contact Ellis today for a free initial consultation to determine if you’re entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

We can help you to claim for all past and future loss of earnings for any amputation injury that was someone else’s fault. Please get in touch to discuss your claim.
We can provide free initial legal advice on the likelihood of a successful claim. We will also help you to build evidence that helps to prove liability and can take your claim to court if the negligent part still won’t accept liability.
We offer affordable amputation claims. After a free initial consultation, we will be able to advise you on the likely cost of your claim. We’re always open about our fees — you’ll know how much your amputation claim will cost before starting it and we will never take a penny of your compensation payout.
Yes, our previous work with clients who have undergone amputations means we can help to guide you towards experienced rehabilitation professionals with experience of limb loss recovery.
Compensation guidelines indicate you’ll get between £140,000 and £300,000 for losing a leg. This is only a guideline for general damages — you may also be entitled to special damages for the financial impact of your leg amputation.
Simple amputation claims in which the at-fault party accepts liability can be settled in less than six months. More complex claims can take a lot longer. If your claim is unlikely to be settled quickly, we will help you to secure an interim compensation payment to support you while the claim is being pursued.
We settle the vast majority of amputation claims without going to court. But court action remains a useful option to have available in case the at-fault party refuses to accept liability or their insurer’s compensation offer doesn’t reflect the true impact of the amputation on your life.

Let’s Claim The Amputation Compensation You Deserve

We’re here to give you all the help you need to secure a compensation payout that reflects the physical, mental and financial impact of losing a limb. Get in touch for a free, no-obligation conversation about your amputation claim.

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