Amputation Injury

Limb Loss and Amputation Injuries

Amputation refers to the often life-altering event of losing or surgically removing a body part, which may include fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms, or legs. Amputation and limb loss can severely impact your mobility, career, social interactions, and overall independence.

Your journey to recovery may be further complicated by chronic pain, the phenomenon of phantom limbs, and the emotional distress often accompanying such a severe and permanent injury. While a limb cannot be replaced, recovering compensation from the responsible party can be crucial for your recovery and comfort. 

Under the law, wrongdoers are responsible for the economic and non-economic consequences of their actions. This means that the person or company responsible for your injuries must provide financial compensation in proportion to the harm you have suffered. To receive the justice you deserve, you must establish who is responsible for your injuries and how your injuries have impacted your life. This is best accomplished with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer with training in complex cases and catastrophic injuries.  

If you suffered limb loss or an amputation, you have a right to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party and recover compensation for your loss. Contact us at (281) 801-5617 to learn your rights under the law.

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
  • Speeding
  • Driving distracted
  • Ignoring traffic signs and signals
  • Driving generally dangerously and recklessly

If another caused your accident and amputation injury, whether a driver, vehicle manufacturer, or government entity responsible for maintaining roads, you could qualify for legal damages

Work Accidents

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. 

You can read our personal injury law resource to learn more about the cases we handle.

Contact The Ammons Law Firm online today. Our amputation injury attorneys can also be reached at (281) 801-5617.

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