While they are painful, cuts, bruises, and even most broken bones eventually heal. Some injuries change the entire course of a person’s life. If you or a loved one have suffered an amputation injury, you know just how devastating this type of catastrophic injury can be. Losing a hand, foot, arm, or leg in an accident is something that no one should have to go through – especially when the loss of limb is caused by the negligence of another party. A personal injury claim can help victims of amputation injuries recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Types of Negligent Conduct That Can Lead to Loss of a Limb
Amputation injuries are sometimes caused by the carelessness or negligence of another individual or entity. Dismemberment may be caused by a singular traumatic event such as a car crash, motorcycle collision, truck accident, or pedestrian accident. Incidents involving heavy machinery such as construction accidents and agricultural accidents are also a top cause of amputation injuries. Fireworks accidents and explosions may also lead to losing a limb.
Amputation could also be a product of substandard medical care. Infections, blood vessel disease, diabetes, and other medical issues that are not properly diagnosed and treated may require surgical amputation of a limb. The party liable for your amputation injury may be the manufacturer of a defective product, a drunk driver, a negligent contractor at a construction site, a negligent medical provider, or a number of other individuals.
Damages You May Be Entitled to After an Amputation Injury
Amputations have a profound impact – physically, psychologically, and financially. A personal injury claim may allow an amputation victim to hold the at-fault party accountable and recover financial compensation for his or her damages. Some of the most common damages in an amputation-related personal injury claim include:
- Past and future medical expenses including costs related to surgery, physical therapy, prosthetics and other medical devices, and mental health treatment
- Modifications to the victim’s home or vehicle needed to accommodate the victim’s disability
- Lost wages suffered because of the injury
- Harm to the victim’s earning capacity
Compensation may also be available for the non-pecuniary losses suffered by the amputation injury. An amputation victim may be entitled to compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact an Elmhurst Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered dismemberment or amputation of a limb, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, lost income, and more. A Joliet personal injury attorney from Schwartz Injury Law can help. Call 708-226-9000 for a free consultation.