Amputations Loss of Limbs

Amputations Loss of Limbs

What is an Amputation?

An amputation is the removal of a body extremity. An amputation can be done surgically or occur as the result of a trauma such as being in an accident. Amputation may also be required because of prolonged constriction.

Body parts that commonly suffer amputation include fingers, hands, arms, toes, feet, and legs. An eye may even need to be removed if injured badly enough.

Surgical Amputations

If a body part has been severely damaged in an accident or suffers a serious infection, it may need to be surgically amputated if it cannot be saved.

Traumatic Amputations

During more serious accidents a body part may be literally torn off or severed. This is what it means to have an amputation caused by trauma. Trauma accidents which may lead to amputation include:

  • Road Accidents, especially bicycle/bike accidents, cycle/motorcycle accidents, and accidents involving pedestrians.

If you have suffered an injury resulting in an amputation of a body part or extremity, you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim. For more information, contact America Law Center by completing our online personal injury compensation claim form.

Importance of Using America Law Center for your Personal Injury Amputation Claim

In cases involving serious injuries including amputations, it is important that you have a competent law firm like America Law Center representing you in your personal injury claim for damages.

America Law Center strives to only engage competent litigators to represent YOU in your personal injury claim to fight for justice for all seriously injured victims of accidents involving negligence.

The goal of America Law Center is to always secure the maximum compensation for you in the shortest possible time. America Law Center has a certain quest in representing personal injury victims: To take on and win cases where it seemed like there was little likelihood for success.

America Law Center has an ethical obligation, which it takes very seriously, to provide the best possible legal representation. America Law Center knows that experience counts! There may come a time during your claim when you will need America Law Center to advise you as to whether you should accept a settlement offer or continue to fight for a higher amount. This is when you should feel confident in the advice received from America Law Center.

If you would like to discuss the legal services of America Law Center for you, a family member, loved one or someone you know with an amputation injury claim, contact America Law Center by completing our online personal injury compensation claim form. America Law Center offers free consultations and will meet with you to discuss your situation and how we can help.

What Damages Can You Claim After Suffering an Amputation?
Compensation for Amputation Injuries

If someone else was negligent and is to blame for the accident which led to your amputation, you may be able to make a personal injury claim to compensate you for the losses you have suffered in connection with your injuries.

You can obviously claim your past medical bills and pain and suffering due to the injury and amputation, but there are many other elements of a damages claim which also need to be taken into account. You can also claim your lost earnings/wages, loss of earning capacity, future medical bills, and other medical expenses such as prosthetics and artificial limbs as a result of the amputation.

Lost Earnings

A victim who has suffered an amputation may have to take a lot of time off of work to recover from their injuries or else he/she may never be able to return to work! If the victim does manage to return to work, then he/she may have to take a reduction in wages or take on a less-physical role. In either situation, a lost wages claim is appropriate. First, the injured victim should recover for his/her lost past wages. In addition, he/she can also claim the loss of future earning capacity.

Medical Bills and Healthcare Costs

After suffering a serious injury like an amputation, you probably will have a large amount of past medical bills and you will probably need ongoing future medical treatment for a long time. The cost of any medical treatment including the emergency room treatment, radiology, surgery, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and prescription costs can all be included as part of your claim for compensation.

The victim may also develop significant scarring from the amputation, which may result in the need for cosmetic surgery. In some instances, there could be several operations and skin grafts.

The victim can even suffer quite painful and distressing neurological symptoms even after amputation of a limb has taken place. Doctors refer to this phenomenon as ‘phantom limb pains’ where the victim experiences in his or her mind real pain, irritation and itching in the limb – even though the limb is no longer there.

The victim may also experience psychological problems from the loss of one or more limbs. He/she may suffer from depression, and may also experience feelings of embarrassment and reduced self-esteem. In addition, the victim may lack motivation and perceive himself/herself as more impaired than he/she really is. This self-perception can be quite disabling by itself aside from any physical impairments that actually exist. Other problems that may develop are feelings of agoraphobia, anger and a loss of dignity. If professional mental help from a counselor, therapist, psychiatrist or psychologist is required to deal with these psychological problems, the cost of such treatment may be recovered as part of the compensation claim.

Adaptions to Lifestyle

A catastrophic injury such as an amputation is a life-changing event. Using a prosthetic or assistive device and otherwise adapting your home and surroundings to allow you to function as normally as possible can be quite expensive. Some amputees may require a prosthetic limb, a cane, a walker, a wheelchair or other walking aid to get around and perform daily activities. Others may even need a specially adapted house or car. Again, you can and should seek to recover the costs of these items in a claim for compensation.

Prosthetics: Artificial Limbs

Sometimes, artificial limbs are required to allow the injured victim to restore his/her ability to function on a day-to-day basis. These can vary from basic prosthetic limbs to more complex devices. These assistive devices can be expensive to purchase and maintain. In addition, they may need to be renewed and updated over a lifetime. In today’s world, more complex computerized and electronic components are beginning to play a major part in these devices. For example, it is possible to obtain artificial legs designed for everyday use and walking, and it is also possible to have more specialized limbs for running or swimming. But these devices can be very expensive, so the victim should seek full compensation for prosthetics and artificial limbs and support the claim with expert opinions and evidence.

There are strict time limits to make any personal injury claim, including claims involving amputations.

If you are the victim of an accident which caused an amputation, you may have a personal injury claim for compensation. To find out, contact America Law Center by completing our online personal injury compensation claim form.

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