The loss of a limb is a traumatic experience that requires extensive adaptation. Yet, amputation is more common than most people realize. There are more than two million amputees in the United States, and about 185,000 Americans lose limbs every year. Nearly half of these amputations result from a physical trauma such as a car accident or work-related injury. Far too many occur as the result of someone else’s negligence.
If you have suffered the loss of a limb in an accident, as the result of medical malpractice or in some other way through the fault of another person or entity, our team of amputation injury attorneys can help.
Causes of Amputation Injuries
Amputations may occur as the direct result of a trauma, or may be a surgical means of removing a damaged or diseased limb to preserve the overall health of the patient.
Some of the most common causes of amputation injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Boating accidents
- Work-related accidents such as construction accidents
- Animal attacks
- Machinery and equipment malfunctions or misuse
- Electrocution and electric shock
- Defective products
Not all amputations occur as the result of an accident, though. Medical conditions that are misdiagnosed or not treated properly can result in surgical amputation.
Damages in Amputation Cases
The loss of a limb causes more than just physical pain and limitation. Many people who have suffered an amputation injury or had a limb removed for medical reasons experience serious emotional and psychological trauma as well. Rebuilding after an amputation can be extremely difficult, as the amputee must adapt to new physical limitations and perhaps undergo physical therapy or retraining at the same time he or she is struggling with the internal aftermath of the injury.
Damages in a personal injury or amputation medical malpractice case are intended to compensate for the victim’s losses, so all of these challenges and more will be considered when determining damages. Some examples of damages awarded in amputation-related cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Cost of future medical care and the cost of prosthetics
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Psychological care and counseling
Deadlines for Filing an Amputation-Related Lawsuit
The timeline for filing a lawsuit in connection with an amputation will depend on the type of injury or medical malpractice that led to the loss of a limb. Not only do personal injury cases and medical malpractice cases have different statutes of limitations, but certain types of injuries may require reporting or other action within a much shorter period. For example, a California employee injured on the job must make a report to the employer within 30 days or risk losing access to worker’s compensation benefits.
Working with a California Loss of Limb or Amputation Injury Attorney
When you’re adapting to a traumatic life change and physically recovering from an injury, the last thing you want or need is the stress of interacting with insurance companies, keeping on top of deadlines, and otherwise preserving your rights and pursuing fair compensation. At the same time, you have medical bills and other expenses, and can’t afford to risk your right to compensation for loss of limb.
At the Thompson Law Offices, we understand that your ability to receive the medical care you need, your ability to support your family during your recovery and beyond, and even your peace of mind may depend on receiving the amputation settlements for the maximum compensation you deserve. Our goal is always to recover the full value of your claim. Contact California amputation injury attorney Bobby Thompson for a free consultation for your case
If you’re ready to start fighting for your rights, request a free consultation from an experienced amputation injury attorney today.