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The amputation of one or more limbs causes lifelong disability, affecting the amputee’s mobility, dexterity and independence. They may need help to get around, to look after themselves and their children and stay safe in the home. They may no longer be able to participate in the things they enjoy, such as sports or hobbies, and they may suffer financial hardship if their disability leaves them unable to return to their former work.

Amputees may suffer phantom limb pain or psychological reactions, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety and loss of self-esteem. This can delay their healing and rehabilitation, and increase the strain on family relationships.

If the amputation was caused by medical negligence, we can help.

Client Story Kevin Ridsdale amputation claim

Watch video Kevin had diabetes and a history of foot problems, including reduced sensation (neuropathy) and ulceration. This meant that he was at increased risk of losing his feet from complications of minor injury. His amputation followed multiple missed opportunities by practitioners at his GP surgery and a hospital radiology (x-ray) department to refer him for specialist foot care and to diagnose his condition.

Kevin’s claim included compensation for his pain and suffering, partial loss of earnings, extra care, increased accommodation costs, equipment and therapies. Prior to settlement interim payments paid for bespoke prosthetic limbs, including a water activity limb enabling him to return to his former hobby of kayaking.

“I couldn’t have wished for a better partner” "The journey with Julie was interesting! The team that was assembled certainly knew their stuff which meant I got all the necessary support to keep going. Thank you all.”

Recent amputation cases

  • £1.3million compensation for a client with diabetes who needed a below-knee amputation after a GP practice nurse failed to refer him to a multidisciplinary foot care clinic for treatment of an infected foot wound. Interim payments of £175,000 helped meet our client's urgent needs whilst he underwent a trial of prosthesis. 
  • £950,000 compensation for a 60-year-old client with diabetes who suffered a below-knee amputation following delays in diagnosis and treatment of Charcot foot. Interim (advance) payments earlier in the case paid for specialist prosthetic limbs, including a water activity limb which allowed him to  return to kayaking. 
  • £600,000 settlement for our client who needed a below-knee amputation as a result of a walk-in centre and hospital’s negligent care of an injury to his foot, after an accident with a lawn mower. A £75,000 interim payment had already paid for specialist prosthetic limbs for our client, including a water activity limb.
  • Liability (fault) judgment (75%) against a GP and district nurses whose negligent treatment of a post-surgical ankle infection left our 63-year-old client needing a below-knee amputation.  Interim payments will now enable our client to go ahead with awaited private amputation surgery and prosthetic care.
  • £900,000 compensation for a man in his fifties who needed a below-knee amputation after a vascular surgeon failed to surgically treat a popliteal aneurysm for 15 months. The defendant surgeon chose to monitor his condition instead of operating to treat the aneurysm. As a result of the delay, our client developed a thrombosed popliteal artery aneurysm. Surgery finally took place but was too late to avoid a below-knee amputation. Our client’s settlement included compensation for his loss of earnings and essential adaptations to his home.

Can I make a loss of limb or amputation compensation claim?

For more than 30 years, Boyes Turner’s experienced medical negligence amputation specialists have helped clients regain their independence and rebuild their lives through their entitlement to compensation.  Interim (advance) payments and settlements help provide our clients with rehabilitation and therapies, specialist prosthetics and equipment, and necessary adaptations to their home and vehicles. Compensation also eases financial hardship by replacing lost earnings and other expenses arising from amputation and disability.

If the amputation was caused in a road accident or at work, or where a public organisation was at fault our serious injury lawyers can help. Read about their expertise here.

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What types of medical mistakes lead to amputation negligence claims?

Our friendly and experienced medical negligence lawyers have recovered compensation for clients whose amputations were caused by:  

  • negligent diabetic care;
  • failure to risk assess, examine, treat or refer a patient with diabetes for specialist foot care;
  • delay or failure to diagnose and properly treat foot injuries, such as ulcers or lacerations;
  • failure to diagnose and properly treat infection and sepsis;
  • delay or failure to diagnose and treat signs of Charcot foot;
  • delay or failure to diagnose and treat signs of peripheral ischaemia;
  • delay or failure to manage, diagnose and/or treat DVT, thrombosis and coagulation problems; 
  • medication errors;
  • delay or failure to diagnose cancer;
  • errors in surgical or post-operative care
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How much compensation can I claim for an amputation caused by negligent healthcare?

Boyes Turner’s medical negligence specialists work with our clients and experts to ensure that each client recovers their full entitlement to compensation. Depending on the individual’s injury, needs and circumstances, they may receive compensation for:

  • pain and suffering and disability;
  • specialist prosthetics (artificial limbs, hands, feet);
  • costs of rehabilitation;
  • costs of therapies, such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy;
  • specialist equipment;
  • adapted vehicles;
  • necessary home adaptations;
  • psychological counselling;
  • cost of care and domestic assistance;
  • loss of earnings and pension;
  • private medical treatment;
  • other costs and expenses arising from their disability, such as increased holiday costs.
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Can I get help with costs before my amputation case reaches a conclusion?

We work hard to secure early admissions of liability. This enables us to obtain substantial interim payments to begin easing the financial hardship which often follows a devastating injury. We use interim payments to make a real difference to the injured person and their family by getting care, rehabilitation and therapies underway as soon as possible.

By understanding and targeting provision for our clients’ individual needs early in the claims process, we help restore our clients’ mobility, independence and ability to participate fully in family and social life, long before the claim has concluded.

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Protecting our clients’ right to compensation for a future risk of amputation

Where negligent medical care leaves our client at an increased risk of needing a future amputation, compensation may be recovered for the client’s current injury, with a ‘provisional damages’ claim. This preserves our client’s right to return to court for more compensation if the future amputation takes place.

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Why choose Boyes Turner for your amputation claim?

Our nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers are recognised by Chambers Directory and Legal 500 as leading experts in clinical negligence. Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have upon their lives.

We are known for obtaining the highest compensation awards and our track record of successful settlements speaks for itself.

If you or a member of your family have suffered from an amputation as a result of negligent healthcare, and you would like to find out more about claiming compensation,  call us on 0800 124 4845 or email us at

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"Julie Marsh is a first rate litigator"

Julie Marsh is a first rate litigator who adds real value to all her cases. I have always been impressed not just by her expertise as a clinical negligence lawyer but by the way she treats every client as an individual and works on their case as if it is the most important thing in the world, which to many clients it really is.

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"You have given fantastic support and guidance"

Boyes Turner have a great asset in Julie Marsh, she has handled my case with such professionalism and has kept me informed at every stage over the 6 years. She has given me guidance, support and that personal touch where I could ring or email at any time and she would always answer and give me answers to any questions I had. Would recommend without hesitation. Thank you

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"I have been impressed"

Tara Byrne kept me well informed at all stages of my claim. I have been impressed with the way my case was handled, and the time scale within which a settlement was reached.”

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Boyes Turner helped me through one of the toughest times in my life. They were very professional whilst remaining friendly. At times the process was emotionally tough but they were very patient with me and went through everything with me until I understood it. I cannot recommend them enough. 

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"We cannot thank Susan and her team at Boyes Turner enough"

Words cannot express how grateful we are to Susan and her team for the level of commitment and dedication shown to our family during a time which would be difficult for anyone. Susan demonstrates a calm professional manner which helped us to feel at ease. Her level of knowledge has proven to be the best in the field and we fully recommend her to anyone seeking to investigate birth injury claims. You can be confident that Susan and her team will scrutinise the medical notes thoroughly and will keep you well informed throughout the process. We are very pleased with the outcome of our child’s case and know that her work has resulted in justice being achieved. Our family will now be able to move forward in the knowledge that the finances are securely in place for our child to receive a suitable care package, purchase equipment and receive necessary lifelong therapy. We cannot thank Susan and her team at Boyes Turner enough.

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