High-speed traffic accidents, head-on collisions, rollovers, falls from up high, and industrial accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that cause a person to lose a limb. Losing a limb can have permanent life-changing repercussions for the victim and their entire family. Your home may have to be reconfigured to accommodate your disability and you may retrain for a new type of work. Out of pocket medical expenses for state-of-the-art prosthetics and rehabilitation can be astronomical. Victims of catastrophic injuries such as the loss of a limb require enormous amounts of money to rebuild their lives in the best way possible under the circumstances.
When you lose a limb due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act of another person, it’s possible to collect a substantial amount of compensation. An experienced Orange County amputation lawyer can help you collect money for medical expenses, current and future lost earnings, pain, suffering, and mental distress. Call the Crockett Law Group today to schedule your free consultation with our personal injury lawyers and learn more.
Amputation Injury Statistics
According to the Limb Loss Resource Center, at least 30,000 people a year have body parts amputated in the United States and almost 25 percent of those amputations are due to trauma from accidents. The majority of victims of traumatic amputation are under 40, and close to 80% of them are male. Most traumatic amputations are caused by traffic accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, T-bone accidents, head-on collisions, and rollovers.
What Is an Amputation and Why Is It Necessary?
Amputation is the removal of a body part. It’s done surgically as a last resort when all other options for treatment have been exhausted. For example, when a limb is badly damaged from an accident or has become infected or affected by gangrene, surgical amputation may be the only way to save a person’s life. When a body part such as a finger, hand, arm, leg, or foot has been badly crushed or burned, surgical amputation may need to be done immediately after the accident.
In some cases, it may be necessary to surgically amputate a limb to extricate a person from a car that might blow up or a building that may fall down. A traumatic amputation is one that is directly caused by an accident, such when machinery malfunctions or in serious car accidents. Amputations create a major disability for victims, but they also save their lives.
Types of Traumatic Amputations
Traumatic amputations are classified as either “complete” or “partial.” A traumatic amputation is considered “partial” when some tissue, muscle, or bone connects the amputated body part to the rest of the body. A “complete” amputation is when the body part is no longer connected to the body at all. Amputations are also classified according to the degree of damage that’s been done to the nerve, bone, soft tissue, and vasculature. Some types of traumatic amputations make it easier to reattach the limb than others.
For example, a “guillotine” amputation with well-defined edges is the easiest type to reattach. On the other hand, a reattachment is much less likely to be successful for a crush amputation due to the damage to arteries and soft tissues. Avulsion amputations, where there’s been forceful overstretching and tearing of major tissue rarely result in successful reattachments.
Recovering From an Amputation
Recovering from a surgical or traumatic amputation is a long process and many complications can occur from the trauma itself or as a result of the surgery. The most common complications are:
- Heart problems
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Blood Clots
- Slow Healing
- Stump and “phantom limb” pain
Compression garments are used to control swelling of the stump after surgery and must be changed and washed frequently. Once the stump has healed, the physical rehabilitation process begins. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other professionals help you learn how to function without the missing body part or work with you to learn how to use a prosthetic replacement if you’re a candidate. It can take months or even years to learn how to do the most basic activities of daily living after an amputation
How Much Compensation Do You Get for Losing a Limb?
Losing a limb is one of the worst injuries imaginable. All victims of negligence in Orange County are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. The amount recovered will depend on how greatly the amputation has impacted a person’s life. For example, the amputation of the top digit of the left pinky finger is unsightly, but will not create huge medical bills, require years of rehabilitation, or deprive a person of their professional and usual activities.
On the other hand, the compensation victims that have lost a leg due to an accident can be astronomical due to the life-changing nature of the injury. Even if you’re a candidate for a prosthetic leg, it can take many years or decades to learn how to use it comfortably. The rehabilitation process is painful, frustrating, and requires a great deal of time. If you have a family, they will need to do much of the work in the home that you are not able to do either permanently or during your recovery. Thankfully it is usually possible to get a large number of monetary damages for this type of case.
Our Orange County Amputation Lawyers Are Here to Help
You can count on your Orange County limb loss and amputation attorneys to know how to collect the largest amount of money possible to pay for medical treatment, reimburse you for your lost earnings, and compensate you for your pain, suffering, and mental anguish. We’ll launch a thorough investigation of your case, ensuring that we have the evidence to present a strong case on your behalf. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and our legal strategy so you will have a complete understanding of all issues. Please call (800) 900-9393 today to make an appointment.