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Title: Amputation following bike accident - what to claim for

Date: 26 September 2012

Question

I had very bad crush injuries to my foot and calf in an accident 6 months ago when a car drove into me. My surgeon has warned me that if there is no further improvement I may lose my right leg below the knee. I know that I can claim for prosthetic limbs but what else can I claim if the worst happens?

Roger Thomas, Cardiff

Answer

This is a very difficult question to answer in a short column like this. However things to consider include insurance for the prosthetic limbs (this can be a lot over time), flight upgrades to be comfortable (e.g. business class as most extra leg room seats are in emergency exit aisles of planes where they don’t let people with mobility issues sit), aids and adaptations in later life such as home alterations and a wheelchair, the increased cost of having to drive a car or adaptations to your bike or prosthetic limb to enable bike use where possible and future care, particularly in later life.

All these things are in addition to compensation for your injuries, loss of earnings and so on. This list is by no means exhaustive and advice should be taken from your solicitor. For amputation claims it is essential you choose a specialist and experienced legal representative.

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