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We specialise in amputation claims caused by serious accidents or clinical negligence. With over 30 years’ experience dealing with amputation cases, you can rest assured we’ll bring the best legal minds to your case.

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What are amputation claims? 

If you’ve experienced a motorcycle accident, medical negligence or an accident at work, it can be incredibly distressing – but when that incident results in amputation, the consequences can be devastating. The effects of amputation are both physical and psychological, and you may experience some feelings of isolation as you come to terms with this new reality. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation as a result of an incident that wasn’t your fault, you may have grounds to pursue an amputation claim. At Fletchers, our team of specialist serious injury  solicitors will provide you with expert legal advice and guidance, and help you seek compensation for your injury. 

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What are the most common causes of amputation claims? 

Our experts have encountered a range of claims related to amputation. At times, this is due to  personal injuries which have been sustained in a road traffic accident, or in the workplace. In other cases, a patient may have suffered an avoidable amputation due to medical negligence. Our responsibility is to bring evidence forward to ensure our clients receive the justice they deserve, and are supported long-term, after suffering an amputation that wasn’t their fault. 

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The most common  amputation claims we assist with include: 

  • Diabetes-related amputations 
  • Cancer-related amputations 
  • Infections leading to amputation 
  • Serious personal injury leading to amputation

The circumstances and specifics of each claim are different. Therefore, it is advisable to seek assistance from an expert serious injury or medical negligence solicitor, familiar with the process of pursuing an amputation claim. 

What are the symptoms of an amputation? 

According to the NHS, the psychological impact of losing a limb can be significant, often leading to emotions similar to grief and mourning – andresembling the loss of a loved one. Coming to terms with this psychological aftermath is crucial, sometimes even more so than dealing with the physical adjustments. We also work with clients who struggle coming to terms with the changes to their mobility, which means they may be more isolated or limited in their daily lives than they were before. This brings with it, a period of considerable adjustment, which can be difficult to cope with.  

Psychological effects of amputation

Several factors contribute to the substantial psychological effects of amputation: 

1. Coping with the absence of sensation in the amputated limb. 

2. Adjusting to the loss of functionality previously provided by the limb. 

3. Dealing with the altered perception of body image, as well as how others perceive it. 

4. A lack of mobility and independence, compared to life before the injury 

Following an amputation, its normal for people to  grapple with negative thoughts and emotions. This struggle is particularly pronounced for those who undergo emergency amputations, as they often lack the mental preparation for the surgical outcomes.

Typical emotional responses and thoughts following amputation include: 

  • Feelings of depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Denial, manifested as resistance to necessary changes such as physiotherapy or adapting to life post-amputation 
  • Grief 

Moreover, those who experience amputation due to traumatic events, especially members of the armed forces, face an elevated risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a catastrophic injury, that leads to amputation. 

Phantom limb pain and amputation 

In addition to psychological effects, we have worked with many amputation clients who experience varying degrees of stump pain, or sensations known as “phantom limb” sensations – where the individual experiences pain or other sensations in the area of the missing limb. 

Stump pain may arise from various sources, such as friction or wounds where the stump rubs against the prosthetic limb – although a well fitting prosthetic can help to alleviate this. Pain can also be associated with nerve trauma during surgery, or the formation of neuromas. 

Phantom limb sensations refer to feelings originating from the missing limb. At times, these sensations can be painful, termed as phantom limb pain. 

Contrary to the connotation of “phantom” suggesting imagined experiences, phantom limb pain is a genuine phenomenon validated through brain imaging scans, which analyse nerve signal transmission to the brain. 

Symptoms of phantom limb pain can span from mild to severe. Some individuals describe fleeting “flashes” of mild pain like an electric shock lasting only seconds, while others endure constant, intense pain. 

How are amputations treated?

According to the NHS, following the amputation procedure, your wound will be closed with stitches and covered with a bandage. Additionally, a tube may be inserted under your skin to drain any excess fluid. Typically, the bandage should remain in place for a few days to minimise the risk of infection.  

Physical rehabilitation plays a crucial role in the recovery journey, despite being challenging and lengthy. It’s essential to remain persistent throughout this process. Post-rehabilitation, there’s a possibility of returning to work and other daily activities. 

Your rehabilitation plan will be customised to your specific requirements, aiming to restore as much normal functionality as possible. Working closely with physiotherapists and occupational therapists, you’ll discuss your rehabilitation goals to establish realistic targets. 

Stump and phantom limb pain typically show signs of improvement with time, yet various treatments are available to alleviate the associated symptoms. Treatments include:

  • Medicines 
  • Self-help measures 
  • Holistic therapies 

If you are suffering psychologically following your amputation, you should discuss your thoughts and emotions with your care team, especially if you’re experiencing depression. Additional interventions, such as antidepressant medication or counselling, may be necessary to enhance your coping mechanisms following an amputation.

Can I make an amputation claim?

If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation, which wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make an amputation claim. Contact our experts today for a free assessment of your case and find out whether you have a claim. 

How much time do I have to make an amputation claim?

There are some time restrictions when it comes to pursuing an amputation claim. In most cases, you have three years to make a claim, either from the date of your amputation, or from the date your condition required an amputation. However, if you are making a claim for someone who is a minor or who does not have the mental capacity to make a claim on his or her own, the three-year restriction may not apply. No matter which circumstances you fall under, it is critical that you contact our team of solicitors as soon as you are able. 

How much does it cost to make an amputation claim?

When dealing with an amputation claim, worrying about the cost of legal aid should be the least of your concerns. Opting for Fletchers Solicitors means entering into a No Win No Fee arrangement, guaranteeing zero upfront payments. Even if your case doesn’t succeed, you won’t face any expenses. Our fee is only applicable upon a successful claim and is agreed upon in advance. You can explore the viability of your case without any financial commitment, and our team of specialised amputation claims lawyers is committed to assisting you throughout the entire claims procedure.

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Gerard Horton
Partner and Serious Injury Solicitor

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Amputation Claims

Gerard Horton
Partner and Serious Injury Solicitor

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How to get started

Our expert legal team can advise on your claim for medical negligence. Our down to earth guidance and practical advice will help to get your claim started as quickly as possible.


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We’ve helped so many people just like you

From a specialism in motorcycle accidents, came our expertise in amputation. Many of our serious injury solicitors have been part of the Fletchers team since the very beginning; and are an integral part of our business. We have some of the very best legal talent in our department, including APIL accredited solicitors, and talented individuals recognised with The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Why Choose Fletchers Solicitors?  

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Helping to rebuild your life after amputation

Following an amputation, some patients may require private sector care to help them with tasks that they would have previously carried out themselves. Our legal team will work with specialist care experts to assess your current and future needs.

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A team of legal experts on your side

If you’ve been injured due to an accident or medical negligence, we are here to help. Our specialist serious injury team has many years of experience handling amputation cases and can guide you through the legal process from start to finish.

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