Catastrophic Personal Injury Amputations
The loss of a limb is a huge price to pay for someone else’s negligence. If you have undergone an amputation because of a workplace injury or an injury caused by the fault of another, you may have a claim for legal damages.
Approximately 1.7 million Americans have suffered some type of limb loss, with 50,000 new amputation cases reported each year. The negligence of other people can lead to severe nerve damage resulting in amputation. These amputations are a traumatic experience for everyone involved. People living with traumatic amputations due to another’s negligence face ongoing medical expenses far beyond their means. When an amputation occurs due to the fault of another, such as in an auto accident, workplace accident, or because of a defective product, the victim has legal recourse.
Causes of Amputations
Amputations may result from a number of unfortunate circumstances, including:
- Vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products such as home power tools, shelving units, appliances, exercise equipment, forklifts, tractors, assembly line components, etc.
- Fires and explosions
What You Need for an Amputation Lawsuit
Victims of injuries leading to traumatic amputation can file a lawsuit to recover damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Cosmetic surgery to repair the damage
- The cost of prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, and related items
- Rehabilitative care, including physical therapy
- Mental health services
- Long-term care
- Lost earnings and earning capacity
- Punitive damages, should the guilty be found to have acted in a malevolent manner
Houston Personal Injury Lawyers
In the state of Texas, you have two years from the date of the incident that caused the amputation to file a claim against the responsible parties, and varies in other states. An insurance company or employer who is seeking a quick settlement after your amputation may contact you or your family directly. They will most likely offer you less than the fair amount of compensation you are entitled to. Do not speak with an insurance adjuster or employer representative of the potentially liable parties without the proper representation. Anything you tell them may be used in a court of law to get you to settle for much less than you deserve. Make sure you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer first.