Amputation & Limb Loss Accident Lawyer
Are you or a family member one of the millions of people living with limb loss throughout the U.S.? If so, we understand how painful and devastating it can be. We also realize the financial burden associated with limb loss accidents, as you may undergo multiple surgeries along with physical therapy and rehabilitation. These factors, combined with the need for learning to cope with the loss of your limb, can make navigating a personal injury claim difficult.
Negligence And Careless Accidents
If someone causes you to suffer the loss of your limb through their negligence or careless actions, that person may be held responsible and made to pay, not just economic costs, but other damages associated with limb loss including compensation for pain and suffering. In such cases, a personal injury attorney at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., can help seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.
Types Of Amputations & Limb Loss
- Avulsion Amputation is defined as a limb that is removed due to forced overstretching. This makes it very difficult to reattach due to the nature of the accident.
- Sharp Cut Amputation occurs when a limb is lost due to a sharp or smooth cut. Very common when working around machinery in warehouses, plants and offshore. These types of accidents make it easier for the limb to be re-attached.
- Crushed Amputation is when the limb is crushed due to a heavy object. Due to the extensive damage, it is unlikely the limb can be re-attached.
Most Common Causes of Amputation or Limb Loss
Limb loss may occur if a limb is severed and not able to be reattached, ranging from partial to total. In some cases, it occurs because the physician needs to amputate a limb as a result of gangrene or other infections or problems with the limb.
A partial or total loss may result from:
- Diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, or other medical conditions. In most cases, no one is responsible for this type of limb loss. However, if your doctor failed to diagnose or properly treat a condition that led to limb loss, you may have a medical malpractice claim against your physician.
- Automobile accidents involving cars, trucks, trains, or pedestrian accidents, Your limb may be severed during the crash or crushed and experience blood loss so severe that the limb cannot be saved.
- Machinery and construction site accidents. Sharp blades, motors, or other equipment used in factory environments, industrial environments, and construction sites can all be involved in limb loss accidents.
- Dangerous & Defective products. These products can cause explosions that result in the loss of a limb or cause your limb to get caught and severed. Whenever a design defect or other problem leads to a partial or total amputation, you may have a claim against the manufacturer.
- Dog Bites. Finger and toe amputations may result when a vicious dog attacks someone.
- Offshore & Oil Platform Incidents are very dangerous occupations and deal in heavy equipment. It is common for accidents to occur offshore. If you worked offshore and have experienced an injury which caused amputation, you need to speak with an attorney today. You may have a claim.
What is a Partial Amputation?
In some cases the limb will still be connected to the body, but with soft tissue and inability to function. The limb can sometimes be re-attached, but it depends on the prognosis and many other factors. Many other complications can occur due to a partial limb loss, and these include infection, nerve damage and much more.
Can I File A Claim For My Lost Limb?
If you have suffered the loss of your limb as a result of an accident or someone else’s negligence, know that you have legal rights. You may be able to make a workers’ compensation claim or file a civil lawsuit for damages depending on the cause and extent of your injury.
How Are Settlements Calculated For Amputations?
Every claim is different and can vary in severity. Like any personal injury settlement, the value can range from tens of thousands to millions. Some of the factors to take into consideration are the following:
- Severity of the injury and how it impacts your life
- Location of the amputation and how it impacts your life and career
- Surgical, hospital stays, rehab or any other expense related to medical.
- Prosthetics (current and future costs)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
To learn more about your legal rights, contact a lawyer who is experienced with limb loss accidents at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., today. We offer free consultations to injured victims, and you do not pay fees for legal services unless we win your case!