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Losing a limb or digit in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence is undoubtedly a life-changing incident that will have both a physical and psychological effect on the amputee. You have a legal right to make a claim if the accident that led to your amputation was caused by another party’s negligence; something JMW Solicitors are able to provide expert assistance with.
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation and you feel it could have been avoided, call JMW’s personal injury team today. We are here to provide legal advice and expert representation for those looking to make a claim. Simply call 0800 054 6078 or complete our online enquiry form and a solicitor will be in touch.
What are the Consequences of Amputations?
A person’s life can change dramatically after undergoing the amputation of a limb or digit. The amputation of any limb can affect the victim and their loved ones in many ways. Aside from the emotional trauma associated with amputation, many people suffer physical pain, with issues such as phantom limb pain, contracture, necrosis and chronic neuroma all being cited as common problems for amputees.
What’s more, after their accident, an amputee may be unable to carry out their job, or unable to work altogether. An amputee will also require specially adapted items to assist them in their everyday lives, from kitchen implements to automatic cars. The family home may also need to be adapted to ensure that the amputee is able to navigate it properly.
Why You Should Make a Claim
If the amputation was a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation, which will help you and your family adapt to your new circumstances.
The aim of a compensation claim is to put the injured individual back into the position they were, or as close as possible, prior to the accident. In the case of an amputee, as well as securing recompense for the actual injury and their financial losses, such as the impact it may have had on an individual’s ability to do their job, it also means securing the appropriate medical aides and equipment to enable them to lead a fulfilling life.
Science and medicine are evolving rapidly and there are prosthetic devices and medical equipment available to help an amputee adapt to their situation. The JMW team work with you to find the most suitable medical treatment, regardless of its cost or how readily available it is, and seeking compensation ensures that an individual has the funds to get the very best medical treatment and equipment both now, and in the future.
Ultimately, a compensation award means that the financial toll an amputation may take is removed, ensuring the victim and their family can get on with their lives.
Milestones of Amputation
Recovery and rehabilitation following an amputation is a long process, which at times can be difficult and frustrating, but by understanding the nature of the journey ahead of you, you can be better prepared and ready to face the journey head on.
We take you through the different stages you are likely to experience in your first year following an amputation. It is important to remember that no two amputees have an identical experience; everyone will go through these stages at a different pace, and you should not feel disheartened if you are not hitting these recovery milestones quickly. Click here for more information.
Advice for Amputees
No matter the reason why you had to have an amputation, undergoing an operation of this kind is physically and emotionally challenging. However, if you are able to gain an understanding of what lies ahead of you, you can be better prepared to face the journey head on.
Below, our expert team has provided advice on different aspects of adjusting to life with an amputation. It is important to remember that no two amputees have an identical experience; everyone goes through the stages of recovery at different paces, and you should not feel disheartened if you are not having the same experience as others.
Click the links below to find out what to expect in your first year of amputation, as well as advice from amputees themselves to help you on your way.
- What to expect in your first year following an amputation
Holidays advice for amputees
- Advice on sports and other activities for amputees
- Working as an amputee in the arts
How Much Can I Claim?
The amount of compensation awarded for an amputation is determined by which limb or digit has been lost, how many you have lost, and the psychological and financial impact the amputation has had on your life. Evidence will be required from various experts including a prosthetics expert to confirm the number of prosthetic devices required, cost for each device and how often each device will need replacing.
A claim for prosthetics in amputation claims is likely to be very significant. For this reason, it is difficult to determine exactly how much compensation you will receive until the expert evidence has been finalised. However, our interactive compensation calculator can be used to determine an estimation of the amount you could be compensated for the personal injury element of your claim. It will not, however, take into account the cost of any financial losses suffered as a result of the accident including prosthetics which may be the most significant part of the claim.
Case Study: Mr B: £1.6 million settlement after a below the shoulder amputation
I worked on the conveyor belt at a local recycling centre, as well as sorting and separating the waste that came into the centre. I hadn’t been offered any formal training and so followed the example set by others, which is what led to my accident. I had seen a colleague removing any material that got stuck on the conveyor belt or roller drum on numerous occasions, without turning it off, and only doing so if a particularly large item, such as a brick, got caught. It was never pointed out to me that the machinery should be turned off if something got caught in it. On the morning of the incident, I noted an item had become stuck, but when I went to remove the item, my glove also got stuck.
I couldn’t take my glove off, or remove it from the machine. My hand was pulled in and I started screaming in pain before one of my colleagues was able to turn everything off. My arm was trapped between a half ton roller, and whilst I couldn’t see everything, I could see enough to know that my hand had been sheared off. When the paramedics got to me, despite trying everything they could to save the rest of my arm, they had to make a decision to amputate it below the shoulder.
I was completely gutted; my focus had been on finding a job that would help me to start building my life and allow me to make plans for my future, and now it felt like that had been taken away from me. I was also reeling from the shock and I thought that I’d never be able to ride a motorbike again; biking had been my life before the accident and I now faced a life where I couldn’t enjoy something that meant the world to me.
A relative of mine worked at JMW Solicitors and suggested I make a claim. They put me in touch with Gordon Cartwright, a Partner in the firm’s catastrophic injuries department, and I can honestly say that since meeting with Gordon, his and the firm’s involvement has changed my life beyond compare.
Immediately, Gordon put me in touch with a host of experts who he thought would be important to my recovery – pain experts, a plastic surgeon, a prosthetics expert, a psychologist and a consultant in rehabilitation medicine, to name but a few. He also put me in touch with people who’d help with managing my finances after my claim was successful. All of this meant that I could put a plan in place, a structure for how I could get better and get my life back on track.
It was around this time that I found out that my girlfriend was pregnant and I was going to be a Dad. Knowing that I’d have someone else to provide for meant that focusing on my recovery had to become more important than ever before. The team Gordon had put in place helped me to look at the various aspects of my life and focus in on developing and strengthening me physically and mentally.
One of the most important things Gordon did was to help me properly understand what prosthetics I was going to need throughout the course of my life. Gordon also arranged for experts to prepare reports on what motorbikes would be suitable for me to use including what adaptations and equipment could be used so that I could safely ride a motorbike again. He built those into the claim he was making on my behalf, so that I could afford to finance new prosthetics and ride a motorbike again in the future, and live the quality of life I deserved to. Gordon’s help in understanding more about my practical needs also helped me to heal emotionally and come to terms with the impact this injury had had on my life. In some of my darkest moments, I could turn to Gordon and know that I’d be supported and that he could steer a way forward for me, which is something I’ll be forever grateful for.
Gordon was always there for me throughout the course of my claim. At the outset of the claim he gave me his mobile number and said that I could call him anytime so I knew I could pick up the phone and he’d be at the end of the line, willing, keen and happy to help me. He kept me up to date and informed with the progress in my case, so that I knew exactly what was going on, what the plan was and where we were going. It was clear to me that Gordon’s knowledge was extensive and that his strategies were insightful. When you have someone like Gordon on your case, you know that it’s in good hands and that all that’s left for you to do is focus on your recovery. Having the peace of mind Gordon gave me was so important, because it gave me the freedom to get on with rebuilding my life and taking care of my family.
During the course of my claim, I was also introduced to Paul Gotch, in JMW’s Private Client department. Gordon had been clear to me early on, that the money he would secure for me needed to be appropriately handled; it took a while for things to sink in, that Gordon would secure me a life-changing sum of money and that it would be critical for my new life, for this to be properly managed.
Together with a financial advisor, Paul has been invaluable in helping me to properly manage my money. Following Paul’s advice, I’ve put in place a Personal Injury Trust, which will help me to access my settlement funds, but also means that my entitlement to other sources of income is protected; something I’d have lost otherwise. It’s good to know that I can deal with someone familiar when it comes to financial matters and Paul is adept at providing really astute advice, in an approachable and easy to understand manner.
Paul also created a Will for me. Making a Will was something I found unsettling at first, but Paul’s calm and friendly demeanour put me at ease very early on. Paul talked me through why having a Will in place was important; that it ensures the money I’ve had from my claim goes to the people most important, in the event that something happens to me. Paul understands that this is a very sensitive area and it always seemed to me that he handled me, my feelings and concerns with a delicacy and professionalism that I truly valued.
When my claim finally settled, it was a weight off my shoulders. I know my life will never be the same, but Gordon, Paul and the JMW team have helped me so much. JMW continue to act as a Professional Trustee to assist with the trust administration, and I’m confident that I will get a great level of support from them. Yes, you can measure the help in one respect, because I’ve got a settlement that will support me and my family for the rest of our lives, but there is no measure for the time, effort, dedication, care and compassion that these men and this firm have shown me. I will be so grateful to everyone at JMW and happy that I can put this chapter behind me and move onto a new one.
What Our Clients Say
Thank you so much
A testimonial from a client of Personal Injury Senior Associate Angela Rowlandson.
"Dear Angela, Thank you so much for all your help throughout my claim. It is very much appreciated. It has been a tough time, but without JMW Solicitors, I wouldn't have been able to get the justice I needed. Many thanks."
If I need any further legal advice in the future, I will definitely be calling up JMW Solicitors!
Some warm words from Barry, a former client of solicitor Anna Ozarowska-Roberts, who was injured in an accident at his workplace.
“I have worked as a paint sprayer for more than 26 years, when one day, the grinder in our workshop jammed and was forced out of my hands. It caused a deep laceration to my left wrist and sliced my abdomen, leaving me in need of hospital treatment and a spell of time off work to recover.
“I decided to make a claim and was put in touch with JMW Solicitors, where Anna Ozarowska-Roberts handled my claim. Anna was great to deal with and never left me in any doubt that I’d get a good result on my claim. Anna kept in touch with me throughout the case, and was quick to let me know when she had any information about how my claim was progressing. She always kept me informed with what the next steps were, what would be needed from me and what I could expect to happen.
“As well as claiming for my injuries, Anna Ozarowska-Roberts helped me claim back the wages I’d lost after needing to take time off for my injuries to heal, and the expenses I’d had as a result of having to seek treatment in a hospital. I didn’t realise I’d be able to do this when I first made a claim, and it was really helpful to have that extra information from Anna, letting me know exactly what I could claim for.
“Anna negotiated a higher settlement for me than had originally been offered, one that we both felt was right. I was delighted with all her hard work in resolving my claim. She’s done me proud and if I need any further legal advice in the future, I will definitely be calling up JMW Solicitors!”
Lesley Spain Testimonial
Lesley suffered from a whiplash injury when a van drove into the back of her stationary car. She made a claim with JMW. This is her story.
Neil Head Testimonial
In this video, Neil Head talks about his experience when making a successful claim for £146,000 compensation following an injury he received when working on a railway site.
From the very start, I felt like I was in safe hands
A testimonial for Linda Medhurst, Legal Executive, after she was able to conclude a claim for an injured client.
“After I’d had an accident at work, I decided to make a claim, and was put in touch with JMW Solicitors, where I dealt with someone who I felt was an asset to the firm!
“Linda Medhurst was put in charge of handling my claim and from the very start, I felt like I was in safe hands. Linda was very understanding and patient, as well as kind, qualities you don't see very often nowadays.
“My husband and I really appreciated everything Linda was able to do for us, as we were dealing with this case during a very stressful time. Both she and the barrister we dealt with were able to offer us a great deal of help and reassurance both on the phone and email, and when we met them in person.
“It has been a long road to recovery for me, but Linda’s support has meant that I’ve been able to get a fair settlement for my injuries. I would recommend her to anyone. She was wonderful, a definite asset to the firm!”
Fantastic work from JMW Solicitors
A testimonial from a client whose family was the victim of food poisoning, whose case was handled by Associate, Natasha Ross.
Me and my family went on holiday this year and suffered from food poisoning. After speaking to the holiday company when we got home and getting nowhere, I saw an ad for JMW Solicitors and decided to give them a call. They were very helpful, and I only contacted them in September this year. My cheque is now on its way and it's only November! Fantastic work from JMW Solicitors, would recommend this company to friends and family if needed in the future.
Raana has always been responsive and sympathetic
A testimonial from our client, Ms W., who worked with Associate, Raana Afsarpour, to deal with her tripping claim.
"After suffering from a trip and fall injury I was put in contact with JMW Solicitors via one of the legal portal websites. I received very professional and courteous advice so I engaged them to handle my case.
My solicitor at JMW, Raana Afsarpour, has been very effective at handling the case and I have felt very confident in JMW as a result of her attention. Although the case was quite challenging at times Raana has always been responsive and sympathetic.
My case has now been successfully resolved and I am very pleased with the result.
I would definitely recommend JMW Solicitors in the future."
Raana has been totally professional and helpful
Some kind words from former client, Peter Yon, for whom Raana settled a motorbike accident claim.
Raana has been totally professional and helpful throughout my fifteen month compensation claim against the defendant. I received regular updates on how my case was progressing and always felt that she was always available at the end of the phone or by email if I had any questions. My compensation amount was much higher than I anticipated and I was extremely happy with my award. I would not hesitate recommending the services of JMW Solicitors to friends, family and anyone else.
It was a pleasure to deal with Sam
A testimonial for Associate, Sam McElroy, from former client Aneta, who sustained an injury whilst a passenger on a bus.
“I suffered a neck injury whilst a passenger on a bus. I wasn’t considering making a claim initially, but then my partner noticed I was still in pain and suffering from some residual problems, so did a little online research, and found JMW Solicitors.
“I dealt with three solicitors at the firm, with Sam McElroy bringing my case to a conclusion. It was a pleasure to deal with Sam. He always kept me up to date, passed me on information over the phone, or via email, about where my case was up to. I’d never have to call or chase him.
“Sam was very friendly and helpful. It felt as though he genuinely tried hard for me, and Sam’s attitude was that he really wanted to help me get as much as possible, and push for me. If ever I needed to make a decision, things were always explained well. I knew what my options were in a situation and could easily make a choice.
“I was really happy with the settlement Sam got for me, and I’ve actually already recommended Sam and JMW to other friends who’ve needed help. It was really good to deal with Sam, and my general overall experience was very satisfactory.”
I'm really happy with the service I had, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend JMW to anyone.
Mr C, a former client of JMW's specialist holiday claims team, talks about how she dealt with his claim for compensation after he suffered from food poisoning whilst abroad.
“My wife and I had booked a holiday to Turkey that we’d been really looking forward to, but instead, it turned into the holiday from hell as I suffered food poisoning whilst we were away. I found the hotel had very unsanitary conditions; one side of the restaurant was open, next to the pool, with all the food laid out next to trays, without any lids on them to cover them up. We didn’t know how long the food had been out, and when we’d tried it, it was often lukewarm.
“I’d started to feel ill from the second day, but two days before the end of our trip, I ate a burger off an outdoor hot plate that formed part of the hotel’s outdoor catering facilities. It made me feel extremely ill and ultimately that night, I had to be taken to hospital and spent the night in hospital, on a morphine drip.
“I wasn’t able to enjoy the rest of our holiday at all, and felt ill the entire way home. Two days after we returned to the UK, my wife and I discussed things and I decided to see if I was able to seek legal advice for my illness. An online search revealed JMW Solicitors and I got in touch with them.
“I spoke to JMW and from the word go, you were absolutely brilliant. All the correspondence to me throughout my claim was first class. JMW was able to put both mine and my wife’s mind at rest whenever we had a question. We were concerned we’d be charged, but your letters explained everything, assuring us of the position and that there would be no up front costs.
“We were guided through every step of the case really well, in a way that felt very straightforward and made things easy to deal with. You told me if I needed to fill in any forms, when I would need to go and be examined by an independent medical expert and made things very clear. I was happy with how long it took JMW to settle my case for me, and you ultimately got me back the cost of the holiday and our spending money, with a little more besides. I’m really happy with the service I had, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend JMW to anyone who’s found themselves suffering from the symptoms of food poisoning abroad thanks to the poor facilities offered by their hotel.”
A definite asset to the firm
Jason Harwood's client, Mr V, provides some warm words of praise after Jason was able to successfully resolve a spinal and head injury claim on his behalf.
"I suffered a spine and head injuries as a passenger in a road traffic accident abroad and all I can say is; Jason Harwood, I'm glad to have had you to handle my case. I would like to say thank you for all the hard work and long hours you put into the case. You kept me informed at every stage and patiently and clearly explained to me the legal process, its implications and the considerations I would need to make throughout the course of my claim. I gratefully appreciate that you were always available at the end of the phone or an email if I had any questions throughout the case, and you ultimately ensured l got the compensation l deserved due to my injuries, being clear on an appropriate settlement for me right to the last day at the negotiation table. You are both a professional and personable individual and I am happy with the settlement I received.
Jason Harwood, I shall speak highly of you and recommend where appropriate. A definite asset to the firm. Bless you."
Wow, I can't believe it...
Testimonial for Legal Executive Cheryl Patel, from a claimant who sought compensation as the result of an accident on a bicycle.
"Wow, I cant believe it has finally come to an end. I guess this will be one of our last correspondences, so on behalf of myself and the Mrs, thank you for all your advice and assistance with this case. I will recommend you guys if any of my friends end up having an accident that wasnt their fault in the future."
Mr D, Bristol
T9 Spinal Cord Injured client praises Paul Breen after £2.47m settlement
In September 2015 I was knocked off my scooter by a speeding motorist who collided with me on a roundabout. As a result my family and I decided to make contact with Paul Breen to consider making a claim against the car driver.
I was initially surprised to learn that the driver of the car was through his insurers disputing fault for the accident and Paul engaged the services of an accident reconstruction expert to assist with liability investigations. Very shortly after he became involved and produced a report Paul was able to resolve liability for the accident. Liability was agreed on a 100% basis in my favour. This was vitally important due to the injuries I had sustained.
When I landed on the ground, I lost all sensation to my lower limbs and couldn't move either of my legs. It transpired that I'd suffered a T9 complete spinal cord lesion. This meant I was paraplegic and would never walk again. It was a complete shock to the system and meant that I would need to completely reassess my life.
I cannot emphasise enough the difference he was able to make to my life immediately after getting involved with my case. Paul was able to get the right people in place to help me rebuild my life and got my rehabilitation underway really quickly. Together with my case manager, he helped me to tackle a number of issues that both myself and my family would have to face. Having a young family presented its own difficulties, child care had to be organised, my wife worked full time and was the sole breadwinner, we couldn't manage without her income. With the assistance of Paul, I was introduced to a case manager who had extensive expertise in cases involving spinal cord damage and this was vital in the following months to aide my inpatient rehabilitation at a spinal unit and to facilitate at the earliest opportunity, my discharge from hospital. It was a whole new world of challenges I was to be faced with, as a full time wheel chair user; bowel management, understanding about skin integrity, exercise and the importance it played in avoiding infections and ill health. These were just a few or the personal challenges I would face. It became apparent from a very early stage that my previous home wasn't suitable for a wheelchair user, and couldn't be adapted, so Paul and his team helped me with identifying a new home, obtaining expert evidence as to its suitability to purchase and subsequently adapt so as it was wheelchair friendly and I could live as independently as possible with a care regime in support of me.
As a direct consequence of Paul's early involvement, I only spent two and a half months in the rehab centre, and I was able to leave and continue my recovery outside of the hospital in a suitably and only partially adapted rental home whilst the new property was being purchased and planning being obtained for adaptation.
Just 16 months after my accident, I feel that Paul has made sure my life is firmly back on track. I've even taken delivery of an adapted vehicle, helping me maintain a lot of the independence which I had before the accident.
Paul has been there for me every step of the way. Without his involvement, I certainly wouldn't have made such progress in my recovery and be ready to move on with my life and looking forward to an independent future. His work means that I can live in a home that takes my needs into account and be as independent and mobile as my disability allows. He has done nothing less than help to give me my life back and for that, I am truly grateful."
I can't praise Natasha enough
Natasha Ross's client Joan, from Nottingham, gives some warm words of praise after Natasha was able to secure compensation for her after she contracted norovirus on holiday.
“I had planned a lovely week-long holiday with my daughter and granddaughter in a hotel in Devon, where some meals were included as part of the cost of the package I’d paid for.
Sadly, after my first full day at the hotel, I was dreadfully ill with sickness and diarrhoea and had to be confined to my hotel room for a few days, along with about a third of the guests, including my daughter. Needless to say, the illness, which was diagnosed as norovirus, completely spoiled our holiday.
After I got home, I’d discussed the problem with one of my neighbours, who saw the JMW website online, got the phone number and passed it to me to call.
From the moment I spoke with Natasha, I felt immediately put at ease. Natasha was very approachable and really empathetic. Straightaway, I felt that she understood what I’d gone through at the hotel, and after my stay whilst I was recovering.
I had initially tried to get some answers myself; I’d contacted a local reporter and the environment officer at the council, as I was so upset with how the hotel had been dismissive of the situation. It felt clear to me that something had gone badly wrong, but I was made to feel unimportant by the people I originally went to for answers. Natasha however, was absolutely brilliant. I had plenty of information from her; she kept me up to date throughout the course of my claim and made me feel like I could trust her and she would deal with my situation in a calm, professional manner.
It felt as though she’d taken a weight off my shoulders; I left everything with her and it meant that I didn’t need to worry any more. I’d spent weeks trying to get some sort of resolution, but handing it all to someone I could trust made me feel relieved.
Natasha was very patient, making sure everything was in a language I could understand and that I understood what was going on, what my options were and how the case was being dealt with. It was ultimately this positive attitude that allowed her to push the case to a conclusion.
I can’t praise Natasha enough and I would, of course, recommend her and her colleagues at JMW Solicitors.
Thank you, Natasha!”
I thought she was brilliant.
Mr B, a client of Charlotte Boothroyd's, provides words of praise after Charlotte was able to successfully settle his road traffic accident claim.
“I was a rear seat passenger in my friend’s car and was injured as he was going around a bend. Unfortunately he hit a bollard and that caused me to hit the seat in front. As a result I suffered with neck and back pain, as well as sustaining a fractured cheekbone and nose. I also needed to have septorhinoplasty surgery to avoid permanent damage.
I decided to make a claim for my injures and did some online research. I found JMW through my research, after reading some positive testimonials and reviews from former clients.
My experience with JMW Solicitors was brilliant. Charlotte took control of my case at an early stage and throughout the case, she was a great presence. Charlotte made sure I knew and fully understood what was going on at every stage, answering any questions I might have had and taking the time to explain things to me, so that there wasn’t any confusion. It was clear that any decisions on the case were mine to make, but with considered, thoughtful guidance from Charlotte and the JMW team. This guided me to making informed decisions and ultimately, meant that I got a great settlement.
I would absolutely use JMW Solicitors again, and Charlotte. I thought she was brilliant and there’s nothing more to say!”
Thank you so much
A testimonial from a former JMW client, Mr W, who was injured in a road traffic accident.
""Thank you so very much for the cheque, which I received today. ""I would also like to thank you for the efficiency, kindness and patience you have shown to me during the past 17 months. You have pointed me in the right direction throughout, for which I am very grateful. ""Thank you all once again for your help and support.""
Thank you for your help
""Thank you for your help today and once again, going that extra mile for my family and me. Your firm's motto is ""in your corner"" but what you do goes beyond that. Whatever the outcome of the case is, I know that I would not have wanted anybody else by my side.""
Thank you so much
""Thank you so very much for the cheque, which I received today. ""I would also like to thank you for the efficiency, kindness and patience you have shown to me during the past 17 months. You have pointed me in the right direction throughout, for which I am very grateful. ""Thank you all once again for your help and support.""
I would just like to thank you
""I would just like to thank you for all your hard work in getting me a happy result. I know it's your job, but I appreciate it was potentially a tricky one to tackle, I didn't find any other solicitors prepared to take the challenge!""
Thank you wholeheartedly
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for your tremendous work in helping to settle my claim so successfully. It has been a pleasure to correspond with you over what has been a traumatic period, and I would particularly like to praise you for your regular updates on the situation, which I found particularly helpful.
I hope that you are as satisfied with the outcome of this case as I am, and that your tireless work does not go unrewarded at JMW. Please allow me to conclude by wishing you all the best for the future in all of your professional and personal endeavours. While I hope never to have any similar claims in the future, I will be sure to recommend the services of JMW to anyone I encounter who may need them.
Once again, please accept my most sincere thanks."
I would just like to thank you
"I would just like to thank you for all your hard work in getting me a happy result. I know it's your job, but I appreciate it was potentially a tricky one to tackle, I didn't find any other solicitors prepared to take the challenge!"
Ms C, Warwickshire
Collette Scott Testimonial
Collette suffered extensive injuries when she was run over by a car. JMW helped her pursue a claim for compensation; watch her tell her story.
I would like to thank you
Testimonial for Trainee Solicitor Ian Johnston for a Personal Injury case he has settled
"I would like to thank you for the most professional way, yourself and colleagues have dealt with this matter and I will of course be completing the feedback form. I would not hesitate to recommend you or your company in the future to anyone that may require professional advise in this area."
Thank you for all your assistance
A testimonial from a client after the successful resolution of a road traffic accident claim
"Just to let you know that I have received your letter and would like to thank you for all your assistance in the handling of my case. I really do appreciate all your advice and support during this past year, and I would definitely be recommending you and your firm in future to anyone who should need it. Thanks once again for all your hard work and a satisfactory outcome."
You were always prompt, responsive and concise
A testimonial from a parent whose son was injured at school and lost part of his finger.
"When you enter a litigation claim, you need to be aware that three years is the length of time it can often take to reach a conclusion. Our case was handled exclusively and personally from start to finish over that three year period by JMW Solicitors.
"From the first correspondence to the last, the person handling our claim was always prompt, responsive and concise, and we never had to chase for anything, and our part of the process was always very accurate and very well constructed. The team was extremely efficient, and always available on email or phone; we cannot speak highly enough of them. All of our options were set out for us very clearly, and in plain English, there was nothing complicated and we were able to make informed choices based on good guidance all the way through the process.
"The outcome was positive, and we feel that through your excellent work we have reached a conclusion that is fair and right for our son and his future."
Thank you for your assistance
A testimonial for Partner, Jean Warde, from a client who sustained injuries arising from slipping on a wet surface and whose case she successfully settled.
"I am writing to thank you for your assistance in dealing with my case and to say that I am very satisfied with the outcome. I would have no hesitation in using you or your firm in the future, should any similar incidents occur. Once again, thank you for your assistance and I wish you all the best for the future."
Mr A, Cambridgeshire
I'm in awe of it all
A testimonial from a client whose claim for compensation arising from an accident at work.
"Good morning. This is to acknowledge your e-mail and letter by post, thank you. I 'm still quite in awe of it all. Thankyou so much for sticking with me for this past four years. The outcome was and still is amazing to say the least. I remain forever viglant and professional as always at work now. Bravo."
Miss H, Torquay
I would have no hesitation in recommending JMW to anyone who is in need of legal help and advice
A testimonial from a grateful JMW client. Our client was injured after slipping on an unknown substance in a supermarket.
"To me, you are stars. You have been nothing but understanding and supportive, and your kindness, thoughtfulness and friendly manner has been of wonderful comfort throughout this time. The way the defendant handled my case was shocking, however you have been so patient and worked hard to achieve a settlement for me. I would have no hesitation in recommending JMW to anyone who is in need of legal help and advice for an accident that wasn't their fault as they will receive a service that is second to none, with wonderful, hardworking individuals at its heart."
Miss P, Middlesbrough
I would use JMW solicitors again if I ever found myself needing legal help
A testimonial from Mr M, a former JMW client.
"I was involved in a road traffic accident whilst carrying out my work as a bus driver. I was proceeding normally down a bus lane when a taxi driver, having failed to check his mirrors, swerved around a parked car into the bus lane and directly into the path of me.
As a result of the collision, I found myself with severe neck and back pain which resulted in a visit to the hospital and having to take extra strength pain killers. I contacted InjuryLawyers4U and was referred to JMW solicitors. I was contacted by a team member who immediately gave me the impression that she would act for me professionally, competently and with care.
JMW has done an amazing job throughout, arranging for me to see two independent specialists about my injuries, negotiating with the insurance company to pay for several sessions of physiotherapy which speeded up and helped my recovery; and then negotiating a settlement of my case without the need to go to court.
I was kept informed every step of the way, and you remained polite, courteous and professional throughout, despite the fact that I have never met my lawyer and have only spoken a few times on the telephone.
My injuries took considerably longer to resolve than I would have hoped but JMW ensured I got the treatment necessary to reduce the the pain I was in when it was at its most severe.
I would use JMW solicitors again if I ever found myself needing legal help and I believe I would get the same professional approach from any of their other solicitors, as I have received. If I found a friend in a similar situation to the one I found myself in, I would without hesitation suggest they call JMW solicitors directly."
Mr M, York
Cheryl was always competent, professional and prompt
A testimonial for Legal Executive, Cheryl Patel, from a client who was injured whilst a passenger in a car.
"I was injured in a car accident where the car I was a passenger in was hit by another car. As a result, I suffered from neck pains and pain and stiffness in my mid-spine and thoraco-lumbar spine areas. I was also an anxious passenger for a number of weeks.
I decided to make a claim for my injuries and searched online for a personal injury solicitor, which is how I found JMW.
Cheryl Patel, a Legal Executive at JMW, dealt with my claim. From the moment I spoke with Cheryl, I felt satisfied that she was working on my case diligently and with concern for my interests. Cheryl was always competent, professional and prompt, and she made me feel as though I was being treated as an individual case at all times.
Cheryl sent me to see an independent GP to provide an assessment of my symptoms and an idea of my recovery period. But because it took longer than expected for me to recover from my neck pains, Cheryl also sent me to see an independent Rheumatologist. Cheryl pressed the Rheumatologist to ensure he had thoroughly reviewed my evidence and he eventually found that the unresolved pain I'd been feeling in my neck was a result of the injuries I'd sustained in my accident.
My injuries took longer to heal than I'd have preferred, but Cheryl stayed in touch with me throughout the process, helping my case settle for 4,700.
I would not hesitate to say that I'd use Cheryl and JMW Solicitors again, and I would recommend them for those who've been injured. Her advice was always easy to understand and I could not underestimate the confidence that came with feeling that I was more than just a number."
Mrs H, Colchester
JMW is an excellent firm of solicitors
Testimonial from our client, Miss M, who was injured whilst travelling as a passenger in a taxi.
"JMW is an excellent firm of solicitors.
"I was injured when I was travelling as a passenger in a taxi. The taxi had stopped at a red light on a main road when all of a sudden, a car emerged from a side turning and hit the passenger side of the taxi. I was thrown to the floor, being given quite a shock. I experienced pain down both sides of my body, in my legs, arms, hands, ribs and neck.
"I was put in touch with JMW Solicitors after a friend suggested I make a personal injury claim, and that I should call a claims company that JMW work with. I spoke to one of your team and I immediately thought 'there's a lovely person'. My lawyer was really very polite; she explained everything properly, straight away, and really put me at ease. She told me about everything I'd need to do in a way that was easy to understand. She also helped put me on the road to recovery; she sent me to see a GP, who said that I'd sprained several of my muscles and I developed stiffness in my neck, and arranged for me to go and have some physiotherapy.
"Although it took me some months to fully recover from my injuries, the help that JMW provided was very good. It took just over a year for my case to be settled, and throughout that time, someone was there to answer any questions, explaining my options every step of the way.
"My lawyer helped me get the compensation I deserved by negotiating with the insurance company on my behalf. I'd recommend her and JMW as a good firm to provide you with help when you need it."
Miss M, Wales
I just wanted to say a big thank you
A testimonial from a client who suffered an injury whilst undertaking alternative therapy.
"I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your hard work and help in getting my claim sorted, and for sending the cheque through to me. I know the [defendant] company dragged their heels at every opportunity, but I really am grateful that you persisted with the case and brought it to such a good conclusion. I really wouldn't hesitate in contacting you again if I had any further cases (although in the nicest possible way I hope I don't have to!)"
Ms D, Kent
My goodness that was amazing!
A testimonial from a client who was injured as the result of defective footwear.
"My goodness that was amazing! I actually could not believe my eyes. You are truly a star. Thank you ever so much for helping me. I am so grateful to you for the utmost competent and professional manner with which way you have handled this matter and the kindness you have shown me along the way. I am indeed very impressed. Thank you so much."
Thank you very much
Testimonial for Partner, Jean Warde, from one of her clients who tripped over a raised paving stone in a poorly lit area.
"Thank you very much for your help in settlement of my claim. Please also send my regards and thanks to Angela. Your friendly and professional advice has been much appreciated. Wishing you all the best."
Jean kept me informed at every stage
Testimonial for Parner Jean Warde, after settling a case for a client, who now lives abroad, who was injured when a car door accidentally trapped her index finger.
"Throughout the whole process Jean kept me informed at every stage and patiently and clearly explained to me the legal process, its implications and considerations to enable me to make informed choices about my case. Jean was both professional and personable; thank you. I also appreciate that it was possible to deal with my case from abroad and that this was considered and great efforts were made to work around this. I am really grateful to Jean and her team and am really pleased with the result of the claim. I would recommend JMW to others without a doubt. "
Ms G, Spain
I would certainly recommend JMW Solicitors and Sam McElroy to anyone who needed to make a claim for a personal injury.
A testimonial from Senior Associate Sam McElroy's client, Mrs C, who suffered a broken hip after a fall on an ungritted surface.
"I was visiting my daughter, who was doing a Christmas Fair stall at the local pub for Cats Protection. The event was during December, and I unfortunately slipped and fell on some ice as the path to the pub hadn't been gritted.
"I had suffered a painful left hip fracture as a result of the fall, and this required surgery the following day. I decided to make a claim for my accident, and a family friend suggested JMW Solicitors, and I got in touch with the team. I wouldn't consider myself the sort of person who would make a personal injury claim, but everything was explained to me clearly and in a way that was easy to understand. I was made to feel at ease very early on, so I was reassured that JMW had my best interests at heart.
"I was kept informed and up to date at all stages of my case. What's more, the team were happy to deal with my daughter when I requested, which meant that I could focus on getting better when I needed to. I didn't have to worry about when I needed to do something to push my case along, as JMW were in touch at regular intervals. The company that owned the pub denied responsibility for the accident, which I thought was very frustrating, but Sam and the JMW team fought my corner doggedly, reassuring me that I had a good case and that I shouldn't get disheartened.
"Sam and the JMW team were able to make me feel at ease and he was ultimately able to settle my case. I was completely delighted with the result and very thankful to Sam for getting me a good result.
"I would certainly recommend JMW Solicitors and Sam McElroy to anyone who needed to make a claim for a personal injury."
Mrs C, North West
I can't thank you enough
Testimonial from a former JMW client, on whose behalf we acted.
"I cannot tell you what a lift your letter gave me when I received it this afternoon, after such a long time, and such a bad start, since you took the case over you have really brought it forward. I can't thank you enough for all you have done. I look forward so much to hearing from you."
Ms C, Pembury
I'd like to say a huge thank you.
Testimonial from Gordon Cartwright's client, Mr W, who was injured in a road traffic accident.
"I'd like to say a huge thank you. It has been a pleasure having you 'in my corner'. I'm glad to have had you to handle my case and for the thorough advice. Thank you for fighting for the settlement and to have wrapped the case up so quickly. I intend to invest wisely and make the best possible platform for my later years. It has been a great case in hindsight and it's had it's ups downs, and we've learnt from it, and taken the good with the bad. Thank you once again Mr Gordon Cartwright! I shall speak highly of you and recommend where appropriate."
He really is a star
A testimonial for Partner, Jason Harwood, from Mr G, Lancashire, who was injured during a game of golf.
"I was unfortunate enough to suffer a serious eye injury whilst enjoying a game of golf, and decided to make a claim. I was put in touch with JMW Solicitors, where Jason Harwood, Partner, has handled my case.
"I must commend Jason in the strongest possible terms, for everything he has done for me over the course of my personal injury claim. Jason was extremely helpful and I felt that I was kept in the loop at all times throughout the course of my claim. He made me feel as though I was more than just another file sitting on his desk, he made me feel as though I mattered to him, and that my claim wasn't just important to me, but to him as well.
"Jason has always fought my corner, from ensuring I dealt with the right barrister, to negotiating with the other side when offers to settle my case were on the table. It is Jason's hard work and diligence that has brought my case to a decent conclusion and meant that I was able to get the compensation I deserved, and I am very grateful for the hard work and tireless effort he's put in to my case.
"I'd like to think it would go without saying...but I'll say it anyway...I will definitely recommend Jason and JMW to anyone who is in need of a Personal Injury solicitor. He really is a star."
Mr G, Lancashire
Sam made sure I knew where I stood at every step of the way.
A testimonial from a grateful client, Mr F, after Senior Associate Sam McElroy's work on his case.
"I was working on the back of a lorry and, in attempting to secure a curtain pole that was damaging some cartons in the lorry, a gust of wind hit me, knocked me off balance and I fell, hitting my right hand heavily. After several months of examination, a hand specialist was able to work out that I'd damaged the right hand side part of my right wrist, off the ulna.
"I wasn't initially considering making a claim. However, I had surgery to repair my wrist and found out I was going to be off work for a number of months. My employers were unwilling to offer any assistance and so I decided to make a claim. When I 'landed' on Sam's desk permanently, I had no worries whatsoever that this was the right decision.
"Sam made sure I knew where I stood at every step of the way. He was able to work with me throughout the claim and make sure that I understood how things were progressing at all times. As well as my claim, Sam's provided help in making sure I understand what the situation was with insurance policies I've had, and benefits matters. I feel like I've been guided by him throughout the course of my case. Sam has absolutely kept me in the loop, and I really did feel confident with the way that he was dealing with things.
"Although the accident happened a while ago, I am still adapting, and what I've been left with isn't perfect, but at least I can try to move on with my life and the work Sam and JMW have done will help me make sure I can do that."
JMW really fought my corner
A testimonial from Mr B, a cyclist, who was injured after being knocked off his bike.
"I was injured in a cycling accident when another cyclist drove into me and knocked me off my bike. I was injured, and my bike was quite badly damaged, so I decided to make a claim for compensation. JMW Solicitors handled my claim and I have to say, if every person on the personal injury team is as good as the person who dealt with my claim, then I have no idea how any improvement could ever be made to the company's team.
"JMW were able to sort out compensation from the other cyclist's insurance company to pay for my damaged bike, so that I could get back on the road as soon as possible. They also made sure that I got expert medical opinions on my injuries. This helped me to recover and JMW were always there to lend a supporting word, and stand up for my rights against the insurance company of the cyclist who knocked me off my bike.
"You really fought my corner and got me a compensation settlement that meant that a shortfall I'd suffered in my earnings as a result of the accident was covered, and that I was supported for my future medical needs. It's refreshing to know that real victims can have a say and I would certainly recommend JMW Solicitors in the future to anyone that does have a cycling injury and wants to make a claim. I never once felt like I was 'just a number', and I felt that my needs both as a person and a cyclist were understood."
Thank you so much
A testimonial from a former JMW client, Mr W, who was injured in a road traffic accident.
"Thank you so very much for the cheque, which I received today. "I would also like to thank you for the efficiency, kindness and patience you have shown to me during the past 17 months. You have pointed me in the right direction throughout, for which I am very grateful. "Thank you all once again for your help and support."
I thought Ian was absolutely brilliant
A testimonial from Ian Eyre's client, Ms V, who was knocked off her bicycle by a motorist.
"I got knocked off my bike by a driver who failed to indicate he was turning left, and I broke my wrist in the process. I couldn't believe it, as I'd been in the cycle lane, and following the rules of the road. I decided to make a claim, and after searching on the internet, I contacted a company that put me in touch with Ian at JMW Solicitors.
"I thought Ian was absolutely brilliant. He kept me informed and was to the point, never once making me feel like my claim was being left, or that I was 'just a number'. I was delighted with the settlement that Ian got me. The driver of the car's insurance company tried to suggest for a long time that I should take a share of the responsibility for my accident, which Ian argued against, and eventually, rightfully convinced them to take 100% of the blame.
"Ian arranged for me to be compensated for the accident I'd had, my broken wrist, and the earnings I'd lost as a result of having to take time off to recover from my injury. This was a huge boost and made claiming compensation worthwhile. I would certainly recommend Ian and the JMW team to handle my accident, or any other accident a cyclist has had."
Ms V, London
It has been a pleasure having you in my corner
Testimonial from Gordon Cartwright's client, Mr W, who sustained a serious injury following an accident at work.
"I'd like to say a huge thank you. It has been a pleasure having you "in my corner". I'm glad to have had you to handle my case and for the thorough advice you gave me. Thank you for fighting for the settlement and to have wrapped the case up so quickly. I intend to invest wisely and make the best possible platform for my later years."
"It has been a great case in hindsight, and it's had its ups and downs, and I've learnt to take the good with the bad from it. "
"Thank you once again Mr, Gordon Cartwright! "I shall speak highly of you and recommend where appropriate. "
"I will keep you posted, definitely!" "
If in the future I am asked to suggest a very good solicitor I would be very confident and have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending JMW Solicitors
A testimonial from our client, Mr C, who tripped and suffered an injury on a road that had been left in a bad state of disrepair.
"It will be just over 12 months since I had my tripping accident, the date being 17th August 2013.
"A claim for compensation was pursued through JMW Solicitors. A successful claim was achieved on 7th August 2014, consequently a cheque for a higher amount than anticipated arriving through my letterbox a few days later.
"My tripping accident happened on a road that has been in bad state of repair for many years with many potholes present. The accident left me with injury to my left hand finger and thumb. After medical treatment I later contacted JMW Solicitors, after explaining the circumstances regarding my accident, I was quickly told there was a case to answer for personal injury against the owners of the road, Lancashire County Council.
"A few days later I was contacted by JMW Solicitors and a young lady told me she would be dealing with my compensation claim from then on to completion.
"Throughout my compensation claim, JMW Solicitors pursued my claim very professionally and for any correspondence sent to me requiring a return reply of documents, a prepaid envelope was always enclosed. If on occasions I required to speak to my lawyer on the telephone, she was always a very pleasant and comfortable person to talk to, reassuring me at every step of the claim.
"The whole process of my compensation claim from start to finish was pursued very quickly and to a very high standard. JMW in fact achieved more compensation for me than was previously anticipated.
"Not only did I receive more compensation than expected, there was more good news regarding the road my tripping accident occurred on. This road has recently been completely resurfaced after many years of neglect; I can only assume your intervention helped a great deal in that process too. I suppose it could be said that you achieved two for the price of one!
"If in the future I am asked to suggest a very good solicitor I would be very confident and have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending JMW Solicitors.
"Many Many Thanks."
I was really pleased
"I was obviously really pleased to receive the last letter you sent me containing the cheque. The fact that we rightly won, and I can now put the whole episode behind me, gives as much satisfaction as the money. Your tenacity and hard work were of course instrumental in this regard. And although perhaps there is no need, I would like you to accept my sincere gratitude. So once more and for the final time, thank you."
The team of solicitors at JMW are experts in personal injury, and we pride ourselves on our proven record of winning cases for victims of serious accidents. We have undertaken many claims for individuals who have undergone an amputation, whether a terminalisation, a single-limb amputation or multiple-limb amputation, so we understand the issues that these complex claims present and the needs you will have in the future.
We will work with you closely every step of the way, professionally and sensitively, to deliver the very best outcome for your circumstances.
JMW is committed to providing comprehensive, superior quality and practical legal advice, whatever your circumstances are. When making a claim for compensation we will take into consideration every detail of your injury, how it will impact on you and your family throughout your lives, and ensure you receive compensation to reflect this.
We have been praised by independent legal guides, the Chambers and Partners Guide to the UK Legal Profession and The Legal 500, for our personable attitude and expertise in serious injuries.