Loss of limb
You may have suffered serious injury as a result of an accident which has resulted in amputation (removal of a part of your body), including fingers and toes, or the loss of arms or legs.
There are a number of different situations which may result in serious injury including amputation and limb loss. For example you may have been involved in a road traffic accident either as a cyclist or whilst riding your motorcycle; or the accident may have been caused at work due to dangerous machinery.
Due to the nature of the physical injury, you may also suffer significant psychological injury caused by the loss of a limb.
If the amputation or limb loss was caused by an accident which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation for both the physical and psychological injury suffered.
We are often able to agree with the other side the appointment of an independent expert to help prepare an immediate needs assessment report. The purpose of this is to help ascertain level of treatment required and any rehabilitation needs with a view to aiding your recovery insofar as possible and to reduce the financial impact the accident may have. For example, it may be that the injury is of a type which means you are no longer able to continue in the same type of work, resulting in the need to find alternative employment if possible. The injury may also prevent you from enjoying any hobby you may have.
At Poole Alcock our specialist team of personal injury lawyers have extensive experience of accident claims including serious injury and will be happy to help explain all relevant issues and address any questions you may have.
We will advise you on all aspects of the case and work closely with a range of experts to ensure you receive the appropriate level of compensation.
In addition to compensation for the injuries suffered, you are also entitled to claim all expenses reasonably incurred and caused by the accident. These may include the following:
- loss of earnings including any future loss of earnings
- the cost of adapting your home because of the impact of the injuries suffered
- clothing damaged in the accident
- medical treatment costs
- incidental expenses to include travelling and parking expenses for the purpose of attending treatment.
As a result of the injuries suffered, you may require care and assistance from friends and colleagues to help you with various tasks which you are not able to perform. Such care and assistance may only be required for several days, whilst in other cases, such care and assistance may be ongoing and required long into the future.
Court proceedings must normally be commenced within three years of the date of your accident. If Court proceedings are not commenced within the three year period, then your claim will be out of time. Although a Court does have the discretion to allow Court proceedings to be commenced and to continue after the three year period has expired, this must not and cannot be relied on.
If you have any questions as to whether or not your claim may be out of time, then please do not hesitate to give us a call. It is essential you seek legal advice as soon as possible to prevent your claim being out of time.
Funding your claim
If your claim has reasonable prospects of success, then we will be happy to act for you on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. We will make enquiries to ensure ‘no win, no fee’ is appropriate to you. We will be happy to discuss other funding options with you.
If you have been involved in an accident which was not your fault, then please contact us immediately. We will be happy to help and to provide free initial advice.
There is no obligation to make a claim – you decide whether or not you wish to go ahead.
Poole Alcock’s personal injury department in Cheshire is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and our expert Solicitors include members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and APIL Senior Litigators.