If you have been involved in an accident in which your leg was severed from your body and the medical team were unable to re-attach it, or in an incident where your leg was injured or crushed so badly that the only choice was to amputate it, you will most likely be left needing a prosthetic leg. This kind of accident is what we at Accident Advice Helpline would consider as severe, causing the injured party a great deal of pain and potentially affecting their entire life going forward.
As such we are dedicated to ensuring our clients get the compensation that they deserve. We have years of experience in the industry and a no win, no fee** policy, with no up-front costs, which ensures our clients have the peace of mind that if their claim is not successful they will not have to pay anything. Needing a prosthetic leg after an accident may be possible on the NHS, but many victims prefer to pay for a custom-fitted prosthetic.
Amputations after an accident
Sometimes a leg injury is so severe that it requires the damaged limb to be surgically removed. This is of course usually the result of an extremely serious accident such as:
- Road accidents: where the leg has been damaged or trapped and there is irreparable damage. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk of serious limb injuries as the rider will often be thrown from the bike in the event of a heavy impact
- Work accidents: usually involving dangerous machinery and equipment. People who work with cutting or crushing machinery are particularly at risk
Undergoing an amputation usually involves a hospital stay of 5-14 days, depending on the surgery and any complications. The procedure is completed under general anaesthetic or a spinal anaesthesia designed to numb the body from the waist down. The surgeon will then set to work on removing all of the damaged tissue while keeping as much healthy tissue as possible.
Claiming compensation for your accident
Needing a prosthetic leg as a result of an accident that was not your fault could mean you are eligible to claim compensation. In such cases there is often a strong claim to be made for compensation from the negligent party. Start your claim today, to see how much you could be owed or to begin your claim process today, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Leg injury claims