Amputations or the loss of limbs are one of the more devastating outcomes of an accident. Not only do victims typically experience financial and emotional burdens, they also have to face a drastically different life without an essential body part.
According to the Amputee Coalition, nearly 2 million people in the US live with limb loss, and some 45 percent of these cases were caused by trauma. Amputations do not come cheap: in 2009 alone, the total hospital costs associated with amputations reached over $8.3 billion.
For amputation injury victims and their families, getting justice and compensation is important. This can greatly help them with medical bills, rehabilitation, and getting back on track with their lives.
Causes Of Amputations
There are three general reasons for a limb to be amputated. One is if the limb has been completely or almost completely detached – it may have been crushed, severed, or ripped off in an accident. Another reason is if the limb is so severely damaged that saving it would probably be unsuccessful. The third reason is a serious infection that starts in the limb and which might spread to the rest of the body unless the limb is amputated.
The events that may lead to an amputation vary, but many of them are catastrophic accidents. Commonly, these are the type of accidents that result in amputation injuries:
- Workplace disasters, especially at construction or industrial sites
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Dangerous or defective products, such as appliances that explode or tools that do not function as expected
- Accidents in premises caused by dangerous conditions (premises liability).
Complications From Amputations
The ordeal of an amputation sometimes doesn’t end when a limb is lost. Victims and families should be aware of short-term and long-term complications that are known to arise. To name some:
Short-term Amputation Complications
- Failure to heal
- Nerve or skin problems
- Pulmonary embolism or venous thrombosis – blood clots that block blood vessels
- Neuroma – a tumor of nerve tissue
- Joint contractures
- Stump pain or phantom pain
Long-term Amputation Complications
- Pain in the back, hip, knee, or joints
- Mental or emotional issues connected to limb loss
Amputation Accident Injury Claims
An amputation injury is truly life-altering. If it was caused by someone else’s actions, the victim can file a claim for compensation and fight for justice. An amputation victim may be entitled to compensation for various losses such as:
- Medical expenses
- Continuing medical care
- Lost wages
- Lost capacity to earn
- Job training
- Pain and suffering
To be able to claim successfully, an amputation injury victim needs a lawyer who can prove the other party was negligent and that the negligent action led to the amputation. The case can get particularly complex if it was a workplace injury, as there are more limits to a workers’ compensation claim. A good injury attorney is needed to ensure that all the parties at fault are held accountable so that the victim can get the full compensation he/she deserves.
Reliable Ohio Amputation Accident Lawyer
If you or someone in your family has had to have an amputation because of an accident that was someone else’s fault, trust in the Fitch Law Firm to help you get rightfully compensated. The Fitch Law Firm has been trusted in Ohio for three decades now having helped numerous individuals like you get justice.
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