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Amputation solicitors in Manchester

Experiencing a traumatic injury or medical condition resulting in the loss of a limb is life-changing, especially when the incident could have been prevented. If this applies to you, our Manchester based amputation solicitors may be able to assist you in claiming compensation.

Our specialist lawyers are experienced in advising clients who have suffered limb loss due to:

  • Medical negligence
  • Road collisions
  • Workplace accidents
  • Military accidents, both on and off duty

We will consider your unique situation and needs following your injury, including:

  • Care, support, and assistance
  • Private medical treatment and therapies
  • Prosthetics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Property adaptations
  • Specialist equipment

From the outset, our experienced team will guide you through the claims process, making it as straightforward as possible, and provide regular updates throughout your case. We also strive to secure early compensation payments, known as interim payments, to address your immediate needs while the claim is ongoing.

If you believe you may have a claim, please contact our friendly and approachable team today.

What areas do we cover?

Our Manchester serious injury team covers Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales. We can help you if you live in or around:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton
  • Chester
  • Crewe
  • Cumbria
  • Preston
  • Warrington
  • Lancaster
  • Wigan

Although we’re based in central Manchester, our solicitors can come to you if that’s more convenient. We would always favour face-to-face meetings which can be at your home but we can also meet you virtually using video calling services, if preferred.

About our amputation team in Manchester

Our team of amputation lawyers in Manchester includes 7 partners and 7 additional lawyers, renowned for their rigorous approach to litigation and meticulous attention to detail. We are considered formidable opponents, known for our strong advocacy skills and zero-tolerance policy towards Defendant delays. We have a history of taking on very challenging cases that other firms have declined



Where is the Manchester office?

Our Manchester office is based in the city centre, a stone’s throw away from Deansgate Square. The office can be accessed easily by public transport or car, with parking available nearby.

Manchester office address
Hugh James
12 Commercial Street
Manchester
M15 4PZ


Why choose us as your amputation solicitors in Manchester?

Hugh James boasts extensive experience in managing compensation claims for individuals who have undergone amputations, both within the UK and internationally. Our dedicated team of specialist amputation lawyers provides expert guidance and services to ensure you receive the highest possible level of compensation. We are committed to securing the best possible care, treatment, and rehabilitation for you following a catastrophic injury.

Our lawyers are consistently ranked in the top tiers by independent legal guides, such as Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, recognised as leaders in personal injury and catastrophic injury litigation.

Our specialist team also includes welfare benefits advisors and a qualified social worker to assist with immediate financial challenges and practical needs.

We offer free initial advice and guidance with no obligation, and if the claim proceeds, we operate on a no win, no fee basis.

Our specialist solicitors can advise you on the following:

  • the Hugh James Emergency Fund and how it can assist you and your family
  • obtaining private rehabilitation
  • your compensation
  • interim payments
  • welfare benefits and other financial support
  • employment concerns
  • charities that can assist
  • wills, trusts and power of attorney
  • dealing with your mortgage, credit card and loan providers
  • investigating any insurance cover you may benefit from
  • social services and local authority funding for care and equipment
  • human and disability rights

Scarlett’s story

Scarlett, the youngest UK patient to undergo osseointegration with elective amputation after a car collision at age 10, lost her lower right leg. The collision caused severe injuries, resulting in a painful, unstable stump unsuitable for long-term prosthetic use. Discontented with socket prosthetics and experiencing significant discomfort, Scarlett sought further amputation and osseointegration for better mobility and reduced pain.

Osseointegration, a procedure involving a metal implant for prosthetic support, and targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), which alleviates pain and phantom sensations, were not available on the NHS and required private funding. Scarlett transitioned from a below-knee to above-knee amputation, enabling her to use a prosthetic limb with an electronic knee and ankle.

Scarlett’s family, dissatisfied with their previous legal representation, approached Hugh James. Within 18 months, the new legal team secured £585,000 in interim funds through expert evidence and court proceedings, covering surgery costs, prosthetics, and adapted housing for Scarlett’s family.

Four months post-operation, Scarlett is walking without crutches, pain-free, and continuing rehabilitation in her adapted accommodation. The driver responsible for the accident was imprisoned for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Hugh James previously represented the first UK patient to undergo simultaneous elective amputation and osseointegration in 2017. The firm excels in securing interim payments, advising on welfare benefits, and assisting families financially affected by amputation.

*The names and identifying details of the client have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals involved.

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Our sensitive and caring Manchester-based amputation compensation claims team are ready to help you get the support you need. Please don’t delay – give us a call on 0800 027 2557.

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Your questions answered

An amputation is the surgical removal of a part of the body. This can relate to the loss of a limb, such as a leg or an arm, but can also include digits such as fingers and toes.

In almost all cases, surgeons will only ever amputate as a last resort. Some common reasons for amputation include:

  • Major trauma to a limb, including crush and blast wounds
  • Severe infection of a limb
  • Deformation of a limb that has limited movement and function
  • Blockage of blood flow to a limb, often as a result of peripheral arterial disease. This can result in gangrene, compartment syndrome or other conditions

The standard time limit for making an amputation compensation claim is usually three years from the date of the accident, or the date when you realised you suffered an injury.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  1. Under 18s: if the person who has suffered the amputation is under the age of 18, the three-year period doesn’t start until their 18th birthday. A claim can be made on their behalf by a parent or guardian before they turn 18.
  2. Mental capacity: if the person suffering the injury lacks mental capacity, the three-year limitation may not apply until (or if) they regain capacity.

Compensation for an amputation can cover a broad range of financial, physical and psychological aspects. The objective is to provide restitution that helps you cope with the life-changing event, and to support you in adapting to a new way of living. Below are some of the costs and losses that amputation compensation might cover:

General Damages

  1. Pain and suffering: compensation for the physical and emotional pain endured due to the amputation.
  2. Loss of amenities: compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life, including hobbies, activities, and daily routines you can no longer participate in.
  3. Psychological impact: compensation for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety or PTSD that could arise from undergoing an amputation.

Special Damages

  1. Medical costs: including surgical procedures, post-operative care, medication and any future medical expenses that are necessary for your wellbeing.
  2. Rehabilitation: physical therapy, occupational therapy and other forms of rehabilitation that you may require.
  3. Prosthetics: the cost of prosthetic limbs and any associated costs such as fittings, adjustments and replacements.
  4. Home modifications: alterations to your home that are necessary to accommodate your disability, like installing ramps or a stairlift.
  5. Mobility aids: such as wheelchairs, walking aids and other devices that assist in mobility.
  6. Specialised equipment: such as adapted vehicles for personal transportation.

Financial Losses

  1. Loss of earnings: compensation for the income you have lost due to being unable to work, both past and future.
  2. Loss of career opportunities: if the amputation has limited your career progression or forced you to change careers, you may be compensated for this loss.
  3. Pension loss: if the amputation affects your ability to contribute to a pension, compensation may cover the estimated losses.

Care and Assistance

  1. Care costs: if you need help with day-to-day activities, you may be compensated for the cost of professional care.
  2. Family support: if a family member has to give up work or make significant life changes to care for you, their loss might also be compensated.

What are the complications of amputations?

As with any kind of surgery, amputations carry a risk. Complicating factors include age, your general health and the nature of the surgery itself. Issues that can arise following the loss of a limb include:

  • DVT
  • Stump and phantom limb pain
  • Necrosis
  • Infection

Amputations can turn your whole life upside down. As well as coming to terms with the loss of a limb, you will probably need to make significant alterations to your day-to-day life – you may have to change jobs, or perhaps you won’t be able to work at all. You could also face considerable financial costs when undertaking rehabilitation and sourcing prostheses to suit you.

Factors you may have to consider include:

  • The need for carers to assist with day-to-day tasks
  • Sourcing a prosthesis to aid mobility and improve your quality of life
  • Making changes to your home to improve accessibility
  • Undergoing rehabilitation to strengthen muscle and tissue in the surrounding area
  • Relearning how to perform routine jobs and activities

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