Accidents Leading to Amputation Injuries
Here are some accidents that may give victims the right to pursue compensation for limb loss and amputation injuries:
Motor Vehicle Crashes
Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are a significant source of trauma-induced amputations. Car crashes leading to catastrophic injuries are often the result of negligent conduct of one or several drivers, such as:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving distracted
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Driving generally dangerously and recklessly
Work accidents can be common, especially in industries that use heavy machinery and equipment, such as construction, manufacturing, and transport. If you lose a limb due to a work accident, your employer or a third party may be negligent and responsible. Negligent conduct can include:
- Lack of employee training and supervision
- Failure to comply with safety laws and regulations
- Inadequate safety gear and equipment
- Defective machinery
Other Potential Causes of Amputations
Car and work accidents are not the only causes of amputations. Other incidents that can cause limb loss can include:
- Dangerous products: Dangerous consumer goods, such as electrical appliances or power tools, can potentially cause loss of limbs. When manufacturers put profits before safety or make mistakes during manufacture, a product can cause catastrophic injuries.
- Unsafe premises: When property owners fail to make their premises safe, severe accidents with catastrophic injuries can occur. Individuals may get crushed or entrapped in elevators or between machinery, potentially leading to crush injuries, severed limbs, and amputations.
The Effects of Amputation and Limb Loss
Limb amputation profoundly affects your physical and mental health. Physically, the loss of a limb can lead to reduced mobility and make daily tasks challenging. Individuals may require comprehensive rehabilitation, prosthetic limbs, or assistive devices to regain independence. Phantom limb sensations, where the individual feels the amputated limb, can cause discomfort and complicate the physical adjustment.
Psychologically, losing a limb can be just as devastating. Amputees commonly experience grief, depression, anxiety, and a sense of loss. Social interactions and relationships can also become strained during this challenging time. Therefore, it is critical that amputees receive emotional and psychological support in addition to medical treatments.
Compensation for Limb Loss and Amputation Injuries
According to a National Library of Medicine study, motor vehicle collisions and machinery accidents are common causes of amputations. If another caused the event that led to you losing a limb, you could recover damages aiming to compensate you for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships you endured, such as:
- Medical expenses: Healthcare costs can include surgeries, prosthetic devices, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical needs.
- Lost wages: Victims could receive both past and future loss of income due to the amputation.
- Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering damages can include physical pain and emotional distress due to limb loss.
- Loss of life enjoyment: Amputees could be entitled to compensation for reduced life quality and having to give up activities they once enjoyed.
- Disfigurement: Compensation may be available for the visible change and scarring caused by the amputation.
- Assistive devices: Victims may be entitled to prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, and other devices.
- Home modifications: An amputee could qualify for funds to modify their home and vehicle to accommodate the disability.
Depending on the facts of your case, you could receive additional or other damages with a personal injury claim. Hiring a lawyer can help you navigate the legal process to secure the compensation you deserve.
The Ammons Law Firm Is Here to Help
We can be here for you during your most challenging times and could help you recover the compensation you need to put your life back together after losing a limb. Contact us now to learn about your rights in a free case review.
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