Get Legal Help After an Amputation or Limb Loss
Have you or someone you love lost a limb due to someone else’s negligence? If yes, don’t wait to speak with an experienced amputation injury attorney!
Few people understand the devastating effects of amputation injuries on accident victims. Particularly if someone’s negligence was the cause of your injury. Let’s review the facts together. Then you will know your rights and a path forward towards recovery.
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Defining Amputation or Loss of Limb
Amputation or loss of limb is any loss of an upper or lower body part. The loss can be “partial” or “complete loss.” This depends on how badly injured body part is.
For example, amputation or loss of limb can include any of the following:
- arm, leg, hand, foot, toe, finger, genitalia
- nose, eyelid, chin, ear, cheeks
In a Partial Amputation, the injured limb is partly connected to the body. That does not mean the injured part works the way it’s supposed to.
A Complete Amputation is just what it sounds like – the limb is completely cut off from the body. Sometimes it can be reattached and have full use. For example, a finger can be surgically reattached and the nerves and blood vessels reconnected.
In fact, surgeons can work miracles and successfully reattach fingers, hands and arms, and help them work normally once again. But surgical reattachment t is not an option when there’s too much damage to the amputated limb.
Common Causes of Amputation Injuries
Over 70% of all traumatic amputation injuries are loss of fingers, hands, and arms. These happen in many settings. For example, loss of limbs happen in:
- workplace accidents
- motor vehicle crashes
- military zone combat injuries
- accidents using heavy machinery
- farm accidents
- injuries using power tools
- natural disasters
- terrorist attacks
Many amputation injury accidents are due to lack of safety training and poor equipment maintenance. These accidents are due to:
- drill presses
- milling machines
- printing presses
- food slicers
- powered and non powered conveyors
- roll forming or roll bending machines
- meat cutting band saws
- power press brakes
- mechanical power presses
- meat grinders
- commercial trash compactors
- heavy duty door closures
- improper use of hand tools
These accidents happen during normal daily use, both in the workplace and the home. They also happen when people are setting up, cleaning, prepping, adjusting and maintaining equipment.
Amputation Injury Medical Costs and Treatment
Getting treated for your amputation injuries is expensive. That, and recovery following the accident takes a long time. Treatments include skin grafts, body reconstruction, prosthetics, and extensive physical therapy rehabilitation.
Research has shown that these victims spend over $500,000 in medical costs alone. Post-surgery, there’s continued physical therapy, plus occupational rehabilitation, replacement prosthetics devices, medical prescriptions and other costs.
Most certainly an amputation victim:
- Will be rushed to a hospital.
- Receive immediate medical care, including surgery.
- Will have extensive physical rehabilitation.
- Goes in for many outpatient doctor visits.
- Will receive both physical and occupational therapy for a long time.
- Want to buy a prosthetic device.
- Will receive counsel and emotional support to help with mental health.
- Lastly, where possible, receive recreational therapy to relearn how to live their life.
Liability for Amputation Injuries
All these things come with a big price tag. Who pays for the amputation victim’s costs? The answer is: it depends.
If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then that person is responsible for paying for your medical care. The accident victim has to file claims to recover costs from that person, both the immediate care and future expenses.
However, if faulty workplace equipment caused your amputation, you file claims against the company’s insurance. Further, if the accident happened in the workplace, you would also file worker’s compensation claims.
So, first, you have to figure out how the accident happened and the cause/source of the accident. This is where accident victims really need the help of an experienced amputation injury attorney. The attorney knows how to collect the facts, determine liability and responsibility, and gets fair compensation for your injury.
How a Lawyer Can Help After an Amputation Injury
In fact, a good experienced amputation injury attorney guides you and your family every step of the way. They have relationships in the medical field and can advise good medical care providers. Meanwhile, they collect the evidence to build your case.
For example, Premier Law Group:
- Gathers Accident Evidence: including eyewitness reports, emergency services reports, police reports, manufacturer’s safety records, and employer’s maintenance records.
- Reviews and Consolidates Medical Costs: all medical, prosthetics, rehabilitation and counselling costs.
- Determines Loss of Work Costs and Retraining: lost wages during rehabilitation and recovery, and worker retraining.
- Other Losses: costs for pain and suffering, body scarring and loss of quality of life.
- Fair Compensation: collect all these facts and data and negotiates for total compensation for all losses, now and into the future.
You focus on your recovery from your injuries. We, as your legal partner, will go to battle against the insurance company.
Premier Law Group Will Fight For You
The hardest part of amputation injury claims is proving that someone else’s negligence caused the injury. When it comes to the law, each case is unique to the cause and impacts of the accident. For example, you may need eye witnesses, medical experts, and an accident investigator. Having a team of experienced Seattle personal injury lawyers to gather the facts and strengthen your case will take care of all these for you!
It is also important that victims keep track of all their expenses caused by the injury. It helps your case to have all the documentation of your pain and suffering from the amputation injury. So start journaling! Write down how your injury affects your quality of life, the life events you have missed and how your injury has altered your day to day life.
We will do everything in our power to get you full and fair compensation for all your injury damages. This includes medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capability, rehab expenses, prosthetics, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our expert Seattle personal injury attorneys are hard working. Our focus is on YOU, the accident victim. We will fight to win you the maximum compensation for your damages. These include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, lost income, rehabilitation, prosthetics, pain and suffering, and retraining.
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