Amputation Claims

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.

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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.

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.


  1. 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.

Why Choose JMW?

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.

What Our Clients Say
  • 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."

  • "A definite asset to the firm"

    "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."

  • If I need any further legal advice in the future, I will definitely be calling up JMW Solicitors!

    “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!”  



  • "I’m really happy with the service I had, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend JMW to anyone."

    “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.”  

  • "It was a pleasure to deal with Sam"

    “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.”  

  • Raana has been totally professional and helpful

    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.

  • "Raana has always been responsive and sympathetic"

    "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."


  • "I thought she was brilliant."

    “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!”


  • "I can't praise Natasha enough"

    “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!”


  • Thank you very much

    "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."

    Ms C

  • 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


Case Studies

  1. 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.  

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