Amputation claims

Top Tier law firm for medical negligence work

Clear understanding of the additional complexity of amputation cases

Independently accredited firm

Dedicated team of specialist solicitors

Over 100 years of combined legal experience

Experienced in medical claims involving amputations

Experienced lawyers in cases involving amputation claims

‘Our empathetic and client-focused service can help make a real difference for your recovery’

An amputation inevitably has a huge impact on you and your family. From the challenges of impaired dexterity or mobility to the psychological effects, there will be stresses enough without the additional demands of bringing forward a medical negligence claim. We’re here to assist you and take care of any legal claim you may wish to consider.

Expert legal advice for your amputation compensation claim

If you have had one or more limbs amputated following negligent medical treatment, you’ll undoubtedly have concerns about the future – and how your injury will affect you and your family’s life.

  • Advice on making amputation claims
    You want to be sure you’re making the right decision before you embark on any amputation compensation claim. We can give you legal advice to guide you on whether or not you can bring forward a claim for compensation.
  • Upper and Lower Limb amputation expertise
    We have extensive experience in dealing with cases involving both upper and lower limb amputations; the impact of losing either a lower or upper limb is quite different and expertise is required in properly assessing the requirements of each type of injury and the impact on independence and what type of support and rehabilitation is needed.
  • Helping with the financial burden
    Although recovery inevitably takes time, prosthetic limbs, rehabilitation programmes and home adaptation can make a real difference. Care and assistance like this comes with a cost, which is where we hope to help.

Fact sheet:

Our credentials

“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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From start to finish, I was treated with thought and consideration and in the most prefessional manner. Well done Naomi Todd!
Royds Withy King client


Amputations as a result of negligent medical treatment can come about in a multitude of ways, however here are some examples of why this may occur:

  • – Failure to diagnose and treat early an ischaemic limb
  • – Failure to diagnose and treat a DVT
  • – Failure to properly manage diabetes or gout
  • – Failure to manage pressure sores or an infected limb
  • – A delay in diagnosis of meningitis leading to limb amputation

Compensation is broken down into two separate types, general damages and special damages. General Damages are there to compensate for your pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life and there are guideline rates set down in amputation cases depending on the limb amputated and the impact of that amputation.


Special damages are designed to provide financial recompense for specific loses, these include, The costs of adapting properties, the costs of wheelchairs if needed, the costs of prosthetic limbs, costs of specialist aids and adaptations, costs of adapting a car, costs of commercial care and assistance and the cost of private rehabilitation therapies or surgery. This list is not exhaustive.

Unfortunately legal aid is no longer available in amputation cases. It is important that you check your home insurance policy for any legal expenses insurance you may hold. Quite often people have this without even knowing as it comes automatically with many policies.


Alternatively we may be able to offer you a “no win, no fee” agreement to fund your case, put simply this means that if you are not successful in your claim you do not need to pay for the costs of investigating your claim, so you have peace of mind that you are not risking any of your own money in pursuing a case.

Contact us now to find out how we can help you in an amputation compensation claim