Do you need an amputation injury attorney that can help you recover maximum compensation?
Suffering an amputation from an accident may change your life, but it doesn’t have to ruin it. Losing a body part can be devastating and difficult at first, especially with the rehabilitation, use of medications, and phantom pain. However, if the injury was caused by someone’s negligence, that just adds insult to injury – when people act in careless and reckless ways, they are not thinking of others, only themselves. If you have been injured, you will want to have a law firm fighting on your side with the knowledge, skills, and resources to take on any person who is at fault, no matter how big and powerful they are. Here’s more on amputations and what you could do if you or a loved one has been injured because of someone’s negligence.
What Can I Do If Injured?
If you have suffered an injury resulting in amputation, then to protect your rights relating to a potential lawsuit, you should get a free consultation with a skilled catastrophic injury lawyer. A case evaluation with a well-informed amputation injury lawyer allows you to determine your legal options. My Rights Law is a personal injury law firm whose goal is to help all amputation victims get the most possible compensation and justice. Our catastrophic injury lawyer is here for you when you need our legal services. So, if you or your loved one has suffered a loss of a limb or other injury, get in touch with My Rights Law today by calling (888) 702-8882 or by contacting us online for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
Amputations can happen in many types of accidents involving negligence. When an individual acts in a reckless and careless manner or breaches their duty of care to others, people can get seriously hurt. This includes the loss of a body part. The more violent the incident, the more likely someone might suffer an amputation. Common causes of amputations include:
Tractor trailer or semi-truck accidents involving large 18-wheelers
Chainsaw and power tool accidents, including lawn mowers
Defective and/or malfunctioning machines
Construction site accidents
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
How Will An Amputation Affect Me?
Every amputation case is different. But there are similarities within every case and the symptoms that victims may experience. These are some of the symptoms that you may experience with an amputation, depending upon the affected body part:
Loss of mobility
Loss of ability to perform job duties due to the loss of an essential digit or limb
Loss of ability to perform daily tasks, like household cleaning and taking care of yourself
Residual pain in the remaining part of the limb
Phantom pain where the limb used to be
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Psychological damage, such as anxiety and depression
Physical pain caused by treatment and rehabilitation
Residual medical issues in other affected parts of the body
What Types Of Compensation Can I Receive For My Amputation?
In law, monetary compensation for wrongdoing is called damages. Damages in personal injury cases, including amputation negligence litigation, are separated into two categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages consist of the following:
Past-due medical bills: In a lawsuit for an amputation, you will be able to seek compensation for past medical bills that have not been paid by some other entity, such as health insurance. This number will probably be significant, given the amount of treatment usually necessary for amputations.
Future medical bills: The medical and financial experts that will be hired for your litigation will determine what medical treatment is likely to be needed in the future for ongoing care. People who suffer from amputations often have ongoing medical bills years after the accident, including potential future surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and hospitalizations. This future medical care would also include the cost of prosthetics that might need to be changed or updated over the years.
Past lost wages: This is the amount of money you have lost because you could not work due to the amputation and subsequent treatment. Amputations can cause some people to be totally disabled for a long time, but other people may not be, depending upon their job.
Future lost wages: This number represents the lost wages and lost earning capacity that you may suffer in the future as a result of your amputation and related physical restrictions. A financial expert will calculate the total number of future lost wages up to the point that you would have most likely retired, then convert that number to its present-day value.
Non-economic damages are harder to calculate, as every case is different and affects people differently. Because of this, non-economic damages for the same type of amputation can be higher or lower in different cases. Non-economic damages consist of:
Pain and suffering: This is compensation for the actual physical pain someone has had to endure because of the amputation and treatment.
Emotional pain and suffering: This category of damages covers the psychological harm that an amputation injury may cause. In many instances, people can suffer from severe anxiety and depression after such a catastrophic injury. Many victims also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and require psychotherapy for help.
Loss of life’s pleasures: This category of compensation represents the plaintiff not being able to do the things that bring them joy as a result of the amputation, like doing hobbies, going on vacations, or spending quality time with their family.
Anyone injured due to another’s negligence is entitled to file a lawsuit for compensation. To make sure you receive full and fair compensation, you need to have an experienced attorney fighting for your rights. Hiring a law firm that focuses its legal practice on representing people with catastrophic injuries like amputation is the best decision you can make.
How Long Do I Have To File An Amputation Lawsuit?
States typically have a statute of limitations for the filing of all personal injury cases that are based upon negligence, including amputation cases. With amputations caused by medical malpractice, a lawsuit against a medical professional or hospital or doctor’s practice is different. A medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within a short time, usually, a few years after the date of injury or one year after the victim discovers or should have discovered the injury and/or negligence.
How Can A Lawyer Help Me With My Amputation Case?
The best decision you can make is to hire a law firm with the knowledge, skills, and resources to win your case and get you the full and fair compensation you deserve for your amputation. The defendants and their insurance companies will have a small army of adjusters, investigators, and lawyers fighting to pay you as little money as possible, so you need a team on your side fighting for your rights. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to do the following:
Answer all of your questions about your case in an honest and compassionate manner, making sure you understand your options, including the risks and benefits of holding the negligent parties responsible.
Investigate the case and gather all of the evidence necessary to win the case and hold the defendants responsible.
Inspect the accident scene and take photographs and video to be able to use later on in negotiation and trial.
Track down and obtain statements from all of the witnesses to the incident that caused the amputation. Your attorney will compile these statements as soon as possible because people’s memories fade over time, and the sooner their stories are recorded, the more accurate they will be.
Act as the conduit between you and all of the insurance companies involved, including your health insurance, automobile insurance, etc.
Deal with the defendant’s insurance adjusters so that you can focus on healing and getting better.
Hire an accident reconstruction expert, if necessary, to recreate the incident in order to prove the negligence of the defendant(s).
Investigate every possible responsible party and file lawsuits against each person or entity to make them pay reasonable and fair compensation for your injuries.
Be there for you and your family to help you through this horrible amputation injury.
Amputation Injury Attorneys
If you suffer an injury that results in the amputation of your limb(s) or which is caused by the amputation itself, then it is really important that you consult with an attorney who is well-versed in bringing injury lawsuits. At My Rights Law, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping amputees get as much compensation as possible for their injuries, damages, and losses. We will aggressively fight on your behalf to get you paid for being injured by someone’s negligence. Don’t sleep on your rights with this matter. Reach out to My Rights Law today,call at (888) 702-8882 or contact us by filling out our secure web form for a free consultation with an amputation injury lawyer. You do not have to go through this experience alone. Let our attorneys and staff help you and your family.
Frequently Asked Questions About An Amputation Claim
How Can An Amputation Injury Lawyer Assist Me In My Case Against The Responsible Party?
An experienced amputation injury lawyer, or a personal injury attorney who is experienced with amputation cases, can help clients recover financially from anyone who may be legally responsible for causing their amputation injuries. Because amputation injury lawyers often bring lawsuits on behalf of amputees, they are knowledgeable about the legal system and how to effectively negotiate with responsible parties (defendants) and their insurance companies. Remember, insurance companies have experienced lawyers defending against these claims. You’ll need an injury attorney who knows how to deal with these insurance companies effectively.
A free consultation with an amputation injury lawyer will allow you to find out whether you have a viable lawsuit and, if so, what you should do next. The amputation attorneys at My Rights Law provide clients with free consultations in this respect. My Rights Law is a well-respected amputation law firm. We treat clients like family. We value the attorney client relationship. Our amputation attorneys work meticulously to help each of our injured clients and their families with getting compensation and justice.
What Causes An Amputation Of A Body Part?
Traumatic amputation is when an arm, hand, finger, toe, foot, or leg is lost or removed due to an accident (about 45 percent of amputations happen this way). Motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents (e.g., injuries from printing presses or drill presses), and other occupational accidents (a workplace injury) can result in these injuries. About 185,000 amputations happen in the United States each year.
Amputations also frequently happen via surgical procedure (e.g., complications of vascular disease). Surgical procedures often come about when there is a disease or infection that cannot be repaired and which places the person’s life in danger or where there has been trauma cutting off blood flow to the body parts.
When the body part is amputated, there could be complications, including infection and bleeding. In some cases, the severed limb (or stump) is reattached, but this could leave lingering pain. Limbs can only be reattached with proper care of the severed limb. Critically, amputations sometimes take several steps and revisions to address tissue breakdown and scarring, among other things.
Potentially, a limb injury or amputation injury could involve serious pain elsewhere in your body. Not only does the amputated body part (e.g., leg, finger, hand) potentially stem from a catastrophic injury, but you also face severe lingering pain in other areas of your body. Limb loss could lead to truly devastating results for a victim.
What Kind Of Financial Compensation Can A Loss Of Limb Lawyer Help Me Obtain For Filing A Lawsuit?
An amputation injury lawyer could help get amputation victims various types of compensation to cover medical expenses (e.g., medical costs relating to treatment), lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Loss of limb cases are potentially worth millions of dollars (e.g., a fatality or a catastrophic injury where losing a limb means you can never work again). Each case is different, so you’ll want to run your specific circumstances by an attorney to gauge what type of damages might be available.
Amputation Attorney For Consultation
If you or a loved one is an amputation victim, then you should consult with a knowledgeable amputation attorney. No one should pursue a lawsuit on their own. A free consultation with an amputation injury lawyer can enable you to figure out what steps to take legally, including how to accumulate all necessary evidence for validation purposes and how to make the most of your case. The amputation attorneys at My Rights Law are focused on assisting injury victims with getting the best resolutions to their claims or lawsuits. We will carefully review your circumstances, including what led to you losing a limb, how you have suffered, and who might be responsible. We will advise you on your legal options and aggressively negotiate with the defendant and their insurance company to help get you the compensation that you deserve.
Most amputation cases are pursued by our law firm on a contingency fee basis meaning that attorney’s fees are not charged to you unless your case results in a recovery. For a free consultation with My Rights Law, our office can be reached at phone number (888) 702-8882 or by contacting us through our secure web form.