£200,000 Compensation For An Amputated Forefoot
Have you sustained a forefoot amputation? Did you suffer the injury in an accident which could have been avoided? If so, you could make a forefoot amputation claim for compensation. By reading this guide, you’ll learn about a £200,000 case study for an amputated forefoot compensation settlement.
By working with our panel of personal injury lawyers, you could have a great chance of winning your case by taking advantage of their experience in handling claims such as these.
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- A Guide To Calculate Forefoot Amputation Claims
- What Is A Forefoot Amputation?
- Can Forefoot Amputations Create Financial Struggles
- Common Accidents Causing Amputations
- Adding Care Claims To Settlements
- Calculating Amputation Compensation Estimates
- Case Study: £200,000 Forefoot Amputation Payouts
- How Lawyers Calculate Compensation Estimates
- Can I Use No Win No Fee Agreements?
- You Could Find Top Personal Injury Lawyers
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As well as the £200,000 case study, this guide handles many key aspects about making a forefoot amputation claim. They include a breakdown of a forefoot amputation, compensation calculators and our No Win No Fee service. Any claim must be made within 3 years from the date of the accident as per the personal injury claims time limit.
For children under 18 or for those who may have lost the mental capacity to represent themselves, it’s possible for somebody else to act on their behalf. This is known as a litigation friend.
Call us to find out the full details behind the personal injury claims time limit.
An amputation sees a body part removed surgically. It is generally a last-resort treatment when doctors deem that typical medication or traditional surgery is insufficient. Now, typical reasons for amputations include preventing infections from spreading; serious trauma or deformities to the limb in question; or gangrene affecting the area. In this guide, though, we’re focusing on trauma as a result of a third party-initiated accident.
Amputations can be carried out with either general or epidural anaesthetics. The initial recovery will see you remain in the hospital for a week or two, and the rehabilitation process may take several months. It may only be at this stage that you receive a prosthetic foot. And from there, it’s about adapting to the new life that the injury is causing you to lead. Find out more by chatting with our legal specialists.
A forefoot amputation may result in financial struggles, both in the short-term and the long-term. Initially, you would have lost earnings and significant medical costs (including surgery). In the long-run, though, you may require continuous home care, as well as having modifications to your house and your car. Also, consider if your career isn’t just halted but completely ended due to your injury. By making a forefoot amputation claim, though, you could receive these losses back and manage your finances to cope with your new life. Our friendly team can advise you further.
To prove negligence was the cause of your accident would require the following 3 criteria:
- You were owed a duty of care by a third party;
- But this was breached, meaning that an accident occurred;
- And because of this, you suffered an injury such as an amputated forefoot.
Three areas would apply to any duty of care breaches: employer’s liability (EL), public liability (PL) and road traffic accidents (RTAs). Workplace accidents, accidents in a public place or accidents on the road could all result in forefoot amputations. An accident at work could involve a crush to the foot via heavy equipment falling. For an accident in a public place, perhaps an infection has arisen after standing upon a dirty and rusted nail. On the road, meanwhile, it could be that you suffer a foot crush after a serious collision.
All three scenarios have duties of care as part of the laws of the land. They are the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and the Highway Code. All could result in the likes of a public accident claim (from being injured in a public place) or a public liability claim. Depending on the scenario of, say, an accident in a public place, you may receive compensation in various forms.
If it were at an office, for instance, that could be a work injury payment. And it could be that you suffer multiple injuries alongside the forefoot amputation, meaning a multiple injury claim. Contact our expert team to find out how a duty of care breach may apply to your specific accident.
To add a care claim to your settlement, you would need to prove the additional care you’re receiving directly because of your injury. This could include hiring a nurse, professional services such as gardening or cleaning, and gracious care from relatives or friends. Now, this is different from the other elements of your claim because it’s all about how you manage to live your life. And with a forefoot amputation, that could prove to be very difficult indeed.
Hence the reason why a care claim is so valuable for so many accident victims. Note the importance of retaining receipts and invoices when determining the costs of care that you’re receiving. Our Live Chat is open 24/7 for you to discuss a care claim being part of your main forefoot amputation claim.
To calculate an amputation compensation estimate, you would need to undergo a thorough medical assessment. This independent examination consists of answering key questions about the impact of the amputated forefoot on you. An amputation is a very serious injury, so it’s important to emphasise how much it has changed how you live your life. This evidence would allow us to build a calculation for your forefoot amputation claim.
A settlement package could comprise two heads of claim as they’re known—special damages and general damages.
As for the difference between the two? Well, general damages would cover the pain and suffering itself. Special damages relate to costs brought about by your injury. Home renovations, a shortened career, a new specially-modified car; these are some of the things that could comprise special damages. Our knowledgeable team can identify what you could and couldn’t include, which then builds your potential compensation claim. Please talk to us today by calling the number at the top of the page.
Mr Branagan worked as a warehouse manager in Stoke. One day, he was observing his colleagues removing large items of stock from a scaffolding tower. The intention was to work together so that the items could be passed down to the ground. Other colleagues were alongside Mr Branagan on the floor. They had received approval from higher-ups to carry out the task, despite Mr Branagan expressing concerns about the risks involved.
The task was going well until they came to one particular crate. With a wheel missing, the crate quickly became difficult for the team to control. As the colleagues standing above passed it down, their grip loosened and the crate fell. Mr Branagan tried to step back, but it was too late. The crate ended up landing hard on the knees and feet on Mr Branagan.
His right foot managed to avoid the brunt of the impact, but this was offset by his shin-bone being caught. More worryingly, though, was his left leg; not only was it caught hard, but his left foot was essentially crushed by the force. Mr Branagan recognised immediately that he couldn’t move, and feeling immense pain, called for emergency assistance.
After some initial help from the on-site first aid team, Mr Branagan was rushed to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a double leg break and a badly broken left foot. It was deemed necessary to amputate his forefoot, which left Mr Branagan horrified and upset. His doctor explained that there was no alternative, otherwise it could lead to even more severe long-term damage.
The amputation operation was a success, though Mr Branagan had to recover at the hospital for some time. Between him returning home and being fitted with an artificial limb, it was six months before he could return to work. In the meantime, Mr Branagan hired both a carer and a physiotherapist to help him as he adjusted to his new life.
Mr Branagan was in disbelief at what had happened. His colleagues had demonstrated a major breach of their duty of care, as had their superiors who approved the somewhat reckless task. In one moment, his life had changed dramatically, with his career prospects severely impacted. And he would have to bear the brunt of the accident for the rest of his life as a result.
After seeking legal advice, Mr Branagan lodged a claim against his employers. He received £200,000 as an out-of-court amputated forefoot compensation settlement. This included £150,850 in general damages and £49,150 in special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages
|A traumatic amputation of the left forefoot with general aesthetic
|Serious Double Leg Break
|Major fractures of both legs with a full recovery after surgery
|Type Of Special Damages
|Costs of lost earnings due to the injury, meaning 9 months away from work
|Costs of major amputation & double leg surgery & resultant painkillers
|Costs of redesigning parts of the home to accommodate his injuries
|Cost of hiring a professional nurse
|Professional physiotherapy costs
The case of Mr Branagan is purely an example and is based on our past experiences of handling claims. It merely illustrates how accidents can happen and how they can be valued.
You may be seeking a personal injury compensation calculator to gain an idea of how much you could receive in a claim. However, our panel of personal injury lawyers take a different approach. We recognise that to value your compensation, we have to first assess the impact of the forefoot amputation on you. That means recognising lifestyle changes, increasing financial struggles, career path alterations and more.
Add to that the knock-on effect of potential home improvements and assistance from relatives. All of these would make up your compensation estimate, providing a figure that is accurate to your unique circumstances. As a courtesy, this service is free of charge, even if your forefoot amputation claim goes no further. Our specialist team can enlighten you further on this aspect of the claims process.
The answer to the question is: yes, you could! Any client could benefit from using a No Win No Fee solicitor for a forefoot amputation claim. What does No Win No Fee mean?
There is no requirement to pay legal fees for your personal injury lawyer up-front or at any point before receiving compensation. If your case does win, the solicitor takes a nominal amount known as a success fee.
This is capped by law, so fear not about losing your compensation here. Crucially, however, if your case loses, you don’t pay anything to your legal representation. With fewer financial worries and reduced stress, No Win No Fee could make the claims process far easier for you. Talk to our friendly team today and get all the details you need about No Win No Fee.
So, what are the points that would allow you to find the best personal injury solicitor possible? Well, they could include:
- A long-standing track record of successfully winning forefoot amputation claims;
- Plenty of positive reviews online;
- Specialities in forefoot amputation injuries;
- A credible background with many qualified experts;
- Fast turnarounds at low prices;
- Continuous and consistent communication throughout the case.
Get in touch with us to learn how we boast these qualities and how they could apply to your case.
Telephone our expert team today to discuss your potential forefoot amputation claim. The number to call is 0800 408 7825, but we have alternative methods if you prefer.
Our Live Chat allows you to instantly speak with an advisor, while our online form allows for more in-depth enquiries. We’re accessible 24/7, and we don’t require you to proceed with us if you don’t want to.
After reading this guide on forefoot amputation claims, you may wish to learn more information. The links below may be of use as additional reading material.
All of our services are detailed on our website.
This page explains how to report accidents in a public place.
And here we discuss making claims after car accidents.
Meanwhile, the NHS has an online guide about amputations.
The full list of NHS services is available here.
And you can also read about employment rights for workplace accidents.
Guide by AA
Edited by LC/II