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Home > News > Military amputees are to receive the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs

4th March 2013

Military amputees are to receive the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs

Members of the armed forces who have lost lower limbs whilst serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan will finally have access to the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs.

The limbs, known as “bionic legs”, contain micro-processor technology and according to the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity will help to “transform lives”. Bryn and Emma Parry, Co-Founders of Help for Heroes which aims to support wounded soldiers and their families said: “[This] announcement is the beginning, and we will be working hard to ensure men and women who have served their country get the best support, for life”.

Similar to those used by Paralympic athletes

The limbs will be similar to those used by Paralympian rower Captain Nick Beighton and discus thrower Derek Derenalagi,

It is estimated that around 160 armed forces personnel will be fitted with the micro-processor prosthetic limbs at the Headley Court military rehabilitation centre in Surrey which focuses on providing clinical rehabilitation for injured armed forces personnel.

Proven benefits of new technology for amputees

The benefits of the technology for amputees will be significant with improved stability, greater mobility, improvements in being able to walk backwards safely as well as step over obstacles and negotiate stairs. It will greatly improve quality of life and generally aid in improving the speed of rehabilitation.

David Robinson, a Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors who specialises in Military Claims, said: “When I visit Headley Court in Surrey I see first hand their superb work with our injured service personnel. This announcement will, at long last, ensure injured members of the forces get the very best prosthetics. Next, government funding needs to ensure that those returning home with life-changing injuries get not only what they need to physically rebuild their lives, but also the longer term psychological response required not only for the injured service personnel but their whole family”.

Making a compensation claim for injured military personnel

Clear Answers specialises in bringing compensation claims for injured military personnel and our specialist personal injury lawyers regularly attend clients at Headley Court.

If you are a member of the armed forces and have suffered injury or illness as a result of someone else's negligence, contact Clear Answers now for expert compensation claim advice.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers, or a representative will contact you as soon as possible if you complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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