The amount of compensation you can expect to receive will depend on exactly what you are claiming for and your particular circumstances. The main determinant will be what was amputated and a range of factors are considered when compensation is awarded. For example, if your hand or arm was amputated, then you can expect a higher award if it was your dominant hand, reflecting the additional difficulties you will have in re-learning how to manage even basic tasks with your other hand.
Ultimately, it’s the impact that the amputation will have on your life — now and in the future — that will determine the size of the award.
The compensation awarded should address the need for:
- Specialist medical treatment on a private basis
- Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
- Medical aids and home adaptations
- Financial support for the loss of earnings, including future earnings such as pension payments
- Specialist care and support
- Financial support for the recovery of past expenses eg. Travel, the cost of medication
- Recovery can also be sought for additional care and assistance provided to you by family and friends (subject to satisfactory supporting evidence).
The compensation payout for an amputation can only be determined once we understand the full impact of amputation on your income, career prospects, health and wellbeing.