Loss of limb claim

Loss of limb claim

For getting your life back on track

Losing a limb is life-changing. The immediate and long-term challenges can be overwhelming, leaving you grappling with physical adjustments, emotional turmoil and questions about the future. You may need to adapt to a new way of living and face medical expenses and employment issues.

At Switalskis, we understand the stress and trauma of what you're facing. We specialise in loss of limb claims, and we're dedicated to guiding you through the process of securing the compensation you deserve. Our team of skilled personal injury solicitors is here to provide compassionate, clear and concise advice, keeping you well-informed every step of the way.

Regardless of the type of accident that led to your loss of limb, we’ll support you. We can guide you through the entire legal process, making sure that every aspect of your claim is transparent and easy to navigate. With Switalskis by your side, you're not just gaining legal representation; you're supported by a team that’s genuinely dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

To discuss your unique situation and learn more, call us today on 0800 138 0458 , or reach out to us via our website .

To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

If you have lost a limb due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Our expert personal injury solicitors are here to guide you through the process of doing so, offering advice from start to finish, and representing your interests and rights throughout. 

Here’s how we can assist you:

  • We'll gather evidence to build the strongest case possible, tailored to your unique circumstances. Our team is experienced in handling loss of limb claims and has a deep and up-to-date understanding of the trauma associated with such injuries.
  • We'll take the time to listen to your concerns with the goal of providing you with the service that best suits your needs. Throughout, we will address your queries in easy-to-understand language so you can comfortably navigate the legal process.
  • We have the contacts to connect you to medical experts, counselling and support groups to help you manage your recovery.

Switalskis has a reputation for handling sensitive claims, such as loss of limb claims, with the attention to detail needed without sacrificing efficiency. Many of our solicitors have been accredited by the Law Society , which stands as a testament to our ability to help you.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

About loss of limb accidents

There are a number of circumstances in which a person can lose a limb, each carrying its own set of challenges and repercussions. Some of the most common examples of these include:

  • Workplace accidents
  • Severe road traffic accidents 
  • Crush injuries
  • Infections

Beyond the immediate physical challenges, the emotional impacts of losing a limb can be just as serious. Anxiety, (PTSD) or are just some of the conditions you might have to face. The adjustment to a new way of life, and rehabilitation can also lead to financial strain.

Switalskis is dedicated to guiding you through the claim process, making sure that you feel well-informed and supported at every turn. With Switalskis by your side, you're not just seeking compensation; you're supported by a team that genuinely cares about your wellbeing.

What is the process for making a loss of limb claim?

With our dedicated legal team by your side, the process of making a loss of limb compensation claim becomes clearer and more manageable. Here's a guide to the steps involved in doing so:

Step 1: Initial consultation

When you initially reach out to us, we'll assess the circumstances surrounding your injury and the viability of your claim, providing a roadmap for the journey ahead.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We’ll begin to gather evidence that supports your case. This may include medical documentation detailing the extent of your injury, any relevant photographs, CCTV or dashcam recordings, witness testimonies and other records. We'll also investigate any negligence or breaches of safety protocols that might have contributed to the incident.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

When we feel confident that we have a strong argument to back up your claim, we'll draft and submit your case to the party at fault and their insurance company. We'll manage all communications, so that you can focus on your recovery.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

If we can’t agree on a fair settlement for you, we may have to bring your case to court. Our team is experienced in representing clients in court, and we’ll make sure you're well-prepared for anything required of you.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

If the claim is successful, we’ll make sure you receive the compensation you're entitled to. This will aid your recovery and help you move on with your life.

What are the time limits for making a loss of limb claim?

Typically, you have three years from the date of the accident to start a claim. However, there are some exceptions:

  • Children: if you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can make a claim at any time before they turn 21.
  • Mental capacity: for people who lack the mental capacity to make a claim, there may be no time limit.
  • Criminal injury claims: you’ll need to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which has different rules regarding personal injuries caused by criminal activity (e.g. claims must be made within two years). We can help you to navigate this process too.

To have the best chance of success, contact us as soon as possible while the evidence is still fresh in your mind.

What will loss of limb compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

Your compensation amount is calculated based on the money you’ve lost due to losing your limb in an accident, and for the physical and mental toll it has taken on you.

The compensation you’ll receive can be broken down into two categories:

  • General damages: these cover the actual injuries sustained and their effect, including both physical injuries and psychological trauma.
  • Special damages: these cover the financial losses you have experienced due to your injuries. These may include:
    • Medical expenses: including the cost of healthcare treatments, prostheses, therapy, counselling, or any other treatments linked to your injuries.
    • Loss of earnings: any wages you’ve missed out on due to being unable to work, including projected future losses.
    • Travel expenses: travel costs associated with your injuries, such as trips to and from appointments.
    • Care and assistance: help with daily activities or personal care due to your injuries.
    • Modification to your home or vehicle: supported by evidence
    • Future losses: this might include future loss of earnings, future medical expenses, or costs for ongoing care or assistance.

Your compensation amount will depend on the impact your injury has had on your life and the specific financial losses you have suffered. In most cases, losing a limb will be a life-changing injury, so the compensation you’ll receive should reflect that.

How are loss of limb claims funded?

Switalskis approaches all of our personal injury claims on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you won’t be expected to pay your legal costs to us if your compensation claim isn’t successful. Also, you’ll never have to worry about any upfront fees. Instead, we will deduct your costs from your compensation amount, which will be calculated with this in mind.

Your insurance policy may also offer funding for legal expenses. For example, if your accident involved a car, you may be able to claim back some finances through your car insurance.

Our loss of limb claims specialists

John McQuaterDirector and Solicitor Advocate
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Stephanie VeyseySenior Associate Solicitor
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Rosie DoddsAssociate Solicitor
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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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Kelly HomarSenior Associate Chartered Legal Executive
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Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

What to remember when making a loss of limb claim

While it's natural to feel overwhelmed following the loss of a limb, there are some important steps to take that can aid the process of making a compensation claim:

  • Document the incident: create a detailed account of how the injury happened. This will be invaluable when recalling events later, and can provide clarity during the claim process. It can also be useful to report the accident (e.g. to the police or to your employer), depending on where the accident took place.
  • Photograph the injury: capture clear images of your injury soon after the incident and throughout the recovery process. These photos can show the severity of your injury and its impact on your life, serving as compelling evidence.
  • Gather witness details: if there were any witnesses to the incident leading to your injury, get their contact details. Their statements can provide additional perspectives and strengthen your claim.

Remember, a loss of limb claim isn't solely about financial compensation; it's a pathway to making sure you have the necessary resources and support for your rehabilitation.

Why Switalskis?

Legal action might not be your first thought following your accident, but making a claim can aid your recovery in many ways. With Switalskis’ team of expert and compassionate amputation claims solicitors at your side, you can be confident that you have a support network behind you while you recover.

Here’s what you can expect from working with us:

Clarity in complexity

Loss of limb claims can seem complicated, but the process doesn't need to be. Switalskis is committed to explaining the confusing aspects of making a claim, helping you to understand what’s required of you in practical terms.

Empathy at every step

Our team is invested in understanding your unique circumstances. We listen to your worries, respect your feelings, and offer mindful advice for your specific situation. To us, you're not just a client; you're a person undergoing a life-changing experience, and we’re here to provide you with the expert legal advice and support you need.

Expertise you can trust

When coming to terms with losing a limb, you don’t need solicitors who are going to distract you from your recovery and bombard you with questions. Our team has decades of experience in handling serious personal injury claims, and we understand the sensitivity needed. Many of our solicitors are recognised specialists in their field, accredited by the Law Society .

Championing your rights

Our team is motivated to defend your rights and make your voice heard. We'll guide you at each step of the loss of limb claims process, making sure you're well-informed and feel confident to make the right decisions.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

Find out more about how we can help you to claim compensation following the loss of a limb. We’ll guide you through every step of the process, so you feel in control.

Call our team today on 0800 1380 458 , or get in touch with us via our website to discuss your concerns confidentially with a legal specialist.

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