What could be considered an amputation injury claim and what can an injury lawyer do for me?
Amputation changes your life forever. Even if you make an excellent physical recovery, every aspect of your life is affected. The life-long costs of amputation may be far higher than you anticipate, with ongoing medical and the need for replacement prosthesis over the years. The loss of a limb takes a psychological toll, as well leaving many with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and an altered sense of self.
Accidents Resulting in Amputation Injuries
Traumatic amputation occurs during an accident, when limbs or digits are severed. Medical amputation is sometimes necessary when injuries are so severe that the body part cannot be saved. Medical amputation can be necessary when a person is harmed by a defective drug or by medical malpractice. And sometimes, amputation is the medical error, when amputation surgery is performed on the wrong body part or wrong patient.
Examples of the types of accidents that can result in amputation include:
- Work-related accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Construction accidents
- Equipment accidents
More Than Physical Harm
Amputation is both physically and psychologically traumatic. It can rob you of your ability to enjoy the activities you used to take for granted and prevent you from earning a living in your chosen line of work. Amputation can have consequences including:
- Loss of self-esteem
- Avoidance of social situations
- Withdrawal from family life
- Severe depression
- Altered sense of self
Compensation for Amputation Injuries
Amputation injuries can be very expensive. You may need ongoing medical care. You may not be able to return to the work that you did before your injury, or at the same earning level. Special equipment may be needed, including prosthesis. Prosthesis are very expensive and must be replaced over the years, even if they are not damaged because your body changes over time. You may be able to recover compensation for economic and uneconomic damages including:
- Help with tasks you can no longer perform
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Existing and future medical expenses
- Existing and future lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Prosthetic limb(s) and other mobility aids
- Adaptive equipment for your vehicle and a vehicle that can be appropriately modified
- Home modifications
We charge no fees unless we obtain a recovery for our clients. We are always willing to meet or speak with a client for no charge to learn more about a case to ascertain if we can be of assistance. We encourage our clients to put our experience to work in order to not give the insurance company the advantage.