Amputation At Work Claims
Have You Or A Loved One Suffered An Amputation Because Of An Accident At Work? You May Be Entitled To An Amputation at Work Claim.
Every workplace, in every industry, should have specific health and safety procedures in place to deal with the situation where somebody is injured as a result of an accident at work. This is important for the protection of both employers and employees. Being involved in any form of accident at work is a very serious matter, and if a serious injury results in an amputation or loss of limb, the injured employee’s entire life will be transformed by the incident. Sadly, many employees are not properly protected in their dangerous industry jobs, and as a result we see hundreds of amputation at work claims each year.
At Free Legal Justice, we understand that any amputation, whether partial or full, upper body or lower body, is a stressful and traumatic experience for all parties involved. We are here to help you get through this upsetting and challenging time, to help you on the journey to recovery and ultimately to get you the justice you deserve. Finances might not be the first thing on your mind as you try to recover from a serious amputation, but the financial compensation that you could gain from an amputation at work claim may just be the lifeline you need to get your life back on track.
Accident At Work Claims Generally
Serious accidents at work can result in various levels of amputation injuries. Generally, an accident at work is an accidental but anticipatable incident that happens at a place of work, because of the conditions of the site or premises, because of the way in which a job is being done, or because of how certain equipment is being used. As a result of one or more of these factors, an accident happens and someone (usually an employee) is severely injured at the place of work.
An accident at work claim is then the process where the employee that was injured in the accident at work, makes a claim for financial compensation against the person that is legally responsible for the injuries. Free Legal Justice’s expert claims solicitors have successfully proven the negligence of hundreds of employers in claims of this type, resulting in rightful financial compensation and justice for many victims of accidents in the workplace.
The bottom line is that every employee has the right to feel safe in the place that they work. Whether you work in the construction sector, in the restaurant industry, in an office job, or as a cashier in a superstore, your employer has a legal duty to make sure your place of work is safe and you are securely protected from harm. Accidents at work can arise in a number of different working environments, but are particularly prevalent in the construction industry, the manufacturing and agricultural industries.
Amputation At Work Claims
Amputation at work claims can arise as a result of various types of severe personal injuries sustained in the workplace. When an accident or trauma is extremely severe, it can result in a complete amputation and the injured body part is totally detached. Complications can often arise as side effects to the amputation, including bleeding, shock, and infections are often side-effects connected to an amputation.
Types Of Amputations At Work:
Lower limb amputations can be divided into two broad categories: minor and major amputations. Minor amputations generally refer to the amputation of toes, and extending to medium amputations which involve the foot and ankle. Major amputations are commonly below-knee- or above-knee amputations.
Types of upper body amputations include partial hand amputation, wrist amputation, below and above elbow amputation, shoulder amputation, and forearm amputation.
Facial amputations can include amputation of the ears, nose, tongue and eyes.
Should I Make An Amputation At Work Claim Against My Employer?
If you have had to endure an amputation as a result of a serious incident at work that was not your fault, you should certainly consider instituting an amputation at work claim to receive compensation for the harm, pain and suffering you have endured from the accident. We understand that instituting a claim against your employer can be intimidating. We are also conscious that you may be anxious about the effect that an amputation at work claim will have on your employment relationship or future employment status. You need not worry, because it is actually illegal for an employer to treat you any differently or to fire you for making a work accident claim.
Free Legal Justice is here to help you get the justice you deserve. You don’t have to feel awkward or wary about making an amputation at work claim against your employer. In fact, if you have suffered any form of injury because of someone’s negligence or actions at work, we advise that you contact a legal professional immediately to discuss your potential personal injury claim. Not only do work injuries affect your health; they can also affect your personal relationships and have a major financial impact on your life. If you have suffered an amputation, your whole life will be changed, and your whole family could be affected by one terrible event. The Free Legal Justice team is here to help you through this difficult period of your life.
You also don’t have to worry about the financial and reputational impact that a successful amputation at work claim will have on your employer. All employers in the UK are required to take out employer’s liability insurance. If you institute your amputation at work claim, your employer’s insurance company will take over the case on your employer’s behalf, and will pay any associated costs, including your compensation pay-out. Every employer is legally required to take out this employers’ liability insurance, to make sure that they are financially secure enough to pay compensation for all kinds of work injury claims, without it affecting the economic position of the company.
In summary, you are legally entitled to claim financial compensation for the wrongful injuries that you have suffered in the workplace, and you have a fundamental right to get justice for the harm that has been caused. Do not feel guilty about using your basic human rights! Our experienced personal injury claims team has dealt with these often sensitive situations countless times before. The Free Legal Justice team will deal with your amputation at work claim sensitively and discreetly, placing your privacy and security at the top of our priorities list. Free Legal Justice will be happy to provide the necessary support and discuss your claim options in a completely free consultation from the comfort of your home.
Can My Colleague Be Held Liable For My Amputation At Work Claim?
If your amputation at work occurred as a result of a mistake made by a colleague, you may still be able to make an amputation at work claim against your employer. You do not need to worry that your colleague will be liable to pay your compensation, even if they caused the accident. Due to a principle called vicarious liability, every employer is liable for the negligence and actions of all their employees.
It is important to note that even if you have suffered an amputation at work because of a serious accident that was partly your fault, you may still be successful in a compensation claim against your employer. If you are found to be partially liable for your injuries, your amputation at work compensation would be reduced by your share of the responsibility.
If you have any questions about whether or not you may institute an amputation at work claim, contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly accident claims handlers on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly injury claims handlers today, so that you can start your amputation at work claim and get the justice you deserve.
What Is The Process Of Making An Amputation At Work Claim?
Before you make an amputation at work claim, we appreciate that you might have some questions about the claim process. For example, you might be concerned about making a claim against your employer, or you might feel overwhelmed by the thought of making a legal claim while you are still recovering from a serious illness or injury at work. This is perfectly understandable, and the Free Legal Justice team is here to answer any queries you might have about your potential amputation at work claim, and will support you throughout your recovery process.
Claiming against your employer for an amputation at work can be intimidating, but with the assistance from the legal experts Free Legal Justice, you can take a step back, rest and recover properly, and be sure that your amputation at work claim is being managed efficiently and diligently by your dedicated solicitor.
Free Legal Justice has been working with various work injury claims for a long time. We know and appreciate that accidents, both minor and serious, can affect people in different ways. Our work injury claims solicitors take each case seriously and deal with every client on an individual basis, and will give 100 percent effort to carefully guide your amputation at work claim to a successful conclusion, and help you to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
What Is My Amputation At Work Claim Worth?
Amputation at work claims typically consist of a claim for general and special damages. General damages refers to compensation for the physical amputation suffered by the person, while special damages refers to compensation claimed as a reimbursement for all the additional expenses incurred as a result of the amputation at work. Your special damages claim will include for example pain and suffering, costs of prosthetics, care and assistance, rehabilitation, travel costs, home adjustments costs, and past and future earning losses. It is important to keep evidence of all the additional expenses incurred in relation to special damages, as we will need this in proof of your financial claim. Free Legal Justice will explain in detail what adds to the calculation of your general and special damages, once you provide us with the details of your amputation at work claim.
To assess the total effect of an amputation at work, a number of factors must be taken into account:
- The type of amputation suffered;
- The condition of the remaining limb;
- Whether a prosthetic limb can be used;
- The injured person’s age and pre-amputation health;
- Other injuries sustained at the same time as the amputation, as well as complications arising as a result of the amputation;
- The person’s house and family situation; and
- The emotional and psychological effect on the person
The general damages part of your amputation at work claim is calculated by comparing your independent medical report with the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. This guideline estimates how much general damages can be claimed for different types of injuries. The Court will consider aspects such as how serious your injury was, complicating factors surrounding the injury, as well as the length of the recovery period.
Generally, amputations are regarded as some of the most severe injuries that someone can suffer, and the effects of amputations are much longer than other injuries- the physical effect being permanent, and the psychological effects life-altering. The figures below should give you a general idea of the compensation that you might be eligible to receive for your amputation at work claim.
- Amputation of index finger – in the region of £14,000;
- Amputation of a big toe – in the region of £23,800;
- Loss of a thumb – between £27,000 and £41,500;
- Amputation of one hand – in the region of £73,000 and £83,300;
- Loss of one foot – between £63,800 and £83,300
- Loss of the lower half of the arm – between £73,000 to £83,300;
- Amputation from the top half an arm– £83,300 to £99,500;
- Amputation of one leg below the knee – between £74,400 and £101,000;
- Loss of one leg from above the knee – £79,700 to £104,500 ;
- Amputation of both arms – between £183,000 and £228,000;
- Amputation of both legs – between £183,000 and £214,300
Please note that these figures are for broad guidance only. For a more tailored estimate of your amputation at work claim, contact the Free Legal Justice team today. Our work accident claims team is available to give you completely free legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is ready answer any questions you might have about the calculation of your general and special damages. Please get in touch with us by filling out the online form, or by calling us on 0800 567 7074 today. We appreciate that you may not be able to get to one of the Free Legal Justice offices because of your amputation at work injuries. One of our friendly personal injury solicitors will be happy to conduct a complimentary home visit, so that you can talk over your work amputation claim from the comfort of your own home.
Physical Effects Of An Amputation
The immediate physical effects of an amputation may seem quite obvious. First and foremost, a leg amputation means that someone has lost an entire leg, which will prevent them from being able to complete basic routines and tasks without assistance. This is however not the only way that someone’s life can be affected by an amputation. When your amputation claim is calculated, all of the physical effects of the amputation will be taken into consideration.
Mobility and Agility
Lower-leg amputations clearly impact a person by reducing their mobility and agility, meaning that they will not be able to walk in the same way as before. In many cases, after proper care and rehabilitation, the injured person will be able to make use of a prosthetic limb to get around and go about their daily life.
Upper limb amputations can also affect mobility- usually by affecting a person’s balance. This means that the person will be much more prone to falls or collisions with objects after they have undergone an amputation. Even though an amputee with a missing upper limb won’t need a wheelchair to get around, their mobility and agility can still be heavily affected, especially in the early recovery stages. They won’t be able to move and use their body as they used to.
Once someone has suffered an amputation at work , it is likely that their daily routine and daily habits/ other tasks will become difficult or impossible to do. Even straightforward tasks such as cooking, cleaning and bathing can be a struggle for amputees. An amputee may be left with limited activities they can do without help, and often this means that they will no longer be able to be employed in the same job or line of work. If an amputee has lost a limb on their dominant side, for example someone who was previously right-handed has lost their right arm in an amputation at work, this person would need to suddenly need to learn how to write, carry and manipulate things with their left hand.
Stump And Phantom Limb Pain
An extremely common side-effect of an amputation is phantom limb and stump pain. Stump pain is pain in the nervous system that an amputee feels consistently in the remaining part of the limb. Phantom limb on the other hand is the most common side-effect of amputation and this affects up to 80% of all amputees. Phantom limb leaves the amputee with the sensation of pain that an injured person feels in their ‘missing’ limb. The word ‘phantom’ doesn’t mean the pain does not exist- the amputee is very much experiencing that pain- but the source of the pain is actually within the person’s brain rather than the limb.
The severity and level of phantom limb pain will vary for each person. For some the pain may be temporary, and they will experience brief shock-like pangs of discomfort or burning sensations in their phantom limb. Other amputees suffer much more chronic and excruciating levels of agonising pain.
Infections can easily develop in amputees if the skin on their stump breaks down, or if excess moisture builds up on the stump causing wounds to open and be exposed to germs. When this happens it can give rise to various types of infections, and this may prevent the amputee from being able to make full use of a prosthetic limb at a later stage. Unfortunately, infections also lead to further surgical procedures to remove more of the limb, and sometimes even the entire remaining limb.
A muscle contracture refers to the tightening or shortening of muscles, resulting in extreme stiffness in the joint. Amputees can get contractures from having to stay in bed for a long time, usually in their extended recovery period following an amputation at work injury. Contractures can also be caused by various changes in your anatomy, resulting in an imbalance in the muscles within your limbs.
It is important that muscle contractures are prevented as far as possible by doing various stretching exercises, so that potentially devastating complications are prevented from developing in connection with the amputation. If left untreated, an amputee may lose the capability to fit a prosthetic limb, which in turn will mean that their mobility is further diminished by the amputation.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis is a deep blood-clotting condition, and usually affects amputees with lower-limb amputations. Those who have suffered from an amputation of their lower body have a high probability of experiencing deep vein thrombosis. If this condition is left without care, it could have a potentially fatal secondary effect known as a pulmonary embolism. This condition is extremely serious and happens when part of the blood clot breaks away from the leg and travels to the person’s lungs.
Extreme fatigue is common amongst amputees, even if they try to hide it. The extra effort demanded of amputees, just to perform seemingly simple daily activities, can result in increased levels of tiredness and fatigue. Amputees need to exert huge amounts effort and take much more time to do the activities that they did before the amputation at work injury.
Often the pain medication prescribed to amputees makes them feel more tired and can cause them to sleep for longer. Understandably, the pain and discomfort associated with an amputation can disturb a person’s sleep and intensify their fatigue.
Emotional Effects Of An Amputation
Because of the obvious and immediately visible physical attributes of an amputation at work injury, it can be all too easy for people to ignore the psychological and emotional impact that an amputation can have on an individual. An amputation at work is a life-changing event for anyone, and it is important that an employee who has been through such an experience is supported as they try to rebuild their life.
Free Legal Justice has dealt with countless amputation at work claims. We understand that the psychological and emotional effects of losing a limb can be immense. An amputation has an emotional impact on the employee, but also on those close to them such as their family, friends and colleagues. Free Legal Justice is here to help amputation claimants get through this difficult time and will do everything possible to make your amputation at work claim a simple, stress-free and fruitful process.
If a person has experienced a traumatic accident that results in amputation at work, they could have memories and recollections of the incident for a long time after. This could cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other similar psychological conditions. PTSD can cause sporadic flashbacks of the incident; various levels of depression; insomnia and night terrors; emotional instability and angry outbursts, and various other unsettling behaviours.
It is understandable that amputees may develop a complex and have poor self-image after their amputation at work. In particular, they may become self-conscious about the appearance of their injured limb. It is not uncommon for an injured person to consciously – or subconsciously – hide their affected limb from sight so as not to draw attention to it, or because of fear about the way other people may react.
An amputation can affect an individual’s ability to take part in the same social activities, leisure pursuits or hobbies that they used to before their amputation at work. This might be because of practical reasons, because they physically cannot do the activity, or it could be because of the high level of pain that is caused as a side effect of the amputation.
Social withdrawal can often result from an amputation at work, leaving the injured person feeling lonely and isolated. An amputee’s personal relationships may be affected because of this change in personality and emotional state, and they can begin to hide from society.
Adapting Your Life To Your Amputation
Whilst some psychological symptoms are the immediate result of the traumatic accident and resultant injury, other symptoms can develop gradually as the amputee begins to live with their disability. It can be mentally challenging for a person to adapt to the loss of feeling and sense in the limb that has been amputated. It can also be extremely psychologically demanding on someone that suffers chronic aches and pains because of the amputation at work. Because of the physical and emotional effects of an amputation, amputees often suffer depression as consequence. This is especially so in the early stages of recovery but can get worse as time progresses. Some amputees have likened the feeling of losing a limb to the sense of loss after the death of a loved one.
Although an amputation at work is an extremely distressing and devastating experience, it is also quite possible that somebody who has experienced an amputation, whether a traumatic one or a surgically induced one, can react to the situation relatively positively. Some amputees focus on the positive aspects – what they survived and what could have happened, which over time hopefully develops into a feeling of acceptance and adaption to their circumstances.
Why Make An Amputation At Work Claim With Free Legal Justice?
Free Legal Justice has an entire panel of specialised personal injury solicitors who resolve thousands of amputation at work claims every year. The dedicated Free Legal Justice team works around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help our clients get justice for the harm they have suffered, and receive the maximum compensation that they deserve.
We are happy to offer No Win No Fee agreements to our clients with valid amputation at work claims. This fee arrangement lets you continue with your amputation claim on the condition that if the claim is not successful, you won’t owe the Free Legal Justice team any money. Put simply, it is a way for you to take the necessary legal steps to claim rightful compensation for your amputation at work, without any financial risks weighing over your head. Our highly skilled lawyers are happy to offer No Win No Fee agreements because they are extremely confident in their legal skills and have a track record of successful claims behind them.
By working with Free Legal Justice on a No Win No Fee amputation at work claim, we promise that:
- You will receive free legal advice from one of our expert solicitors as to how best to proceed with your amputation at work claim;
- A member of the Free Legal Justice Team will be available to speak to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you with any questions that you might have regarding amputation st work claim;
- We offer free consultations from the comfort of your home;
- If you are unsuccessful in your claim, we will not charge you any fees for the work that we have done on your case;
- You won’t pay a thing from your own pocket;
- We will help you to recover the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible time; and
- Free Legal Justice will manage your case efficiently, keep you updated on its progress, and will try to make the entire compensation claim process as stress-free as possible for you.
At the end of the day, making an amputation at work claim with Free Legal Justice is a financially savvy way to take steps to get the justice you deserve. Free Legal Justice carries the risk of your amputation at work claim being unsuccessful. If your case is unsuccessful, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work done by our skilled personal injury solicitors. Contact Free Legal Justice today on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 and get the compensation you deserve as soon as possible.