Traumatic amputation is when a body part is either wholly or partially severed as the result of an accident. Amputation may be a medical necessity if a traumatic injury destroys the blood vessels that feed the tissue surrounding the wound, or in the case of severe infection or life-threatening loss of blood. Nearly 30,000 trauma related amputations occur annually in this country. People who suffer from such a devastating injury may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Amputation Injury Claims
A personal injury claim occurs when a person suffers a loss or injury as the direct result of the negligence of another party. If that negligence can be proved, then the injured party may be entitled to compensation. Amputation injuries involving such negligence may result from:
- Dangerous property conditions
- Automobile accidents
- Defective products
- Animal attacks
- Construction sites
- Workplace injuries
- Failure to recognize or timely treat an infection
How Can an Amputation Injury Claim Help?
Victims of a traumatic amputation may have to deal with tremendous physical and emotional problems as the result of his/her injury. Such injuries will have a serious effect on everyday life. Those pursuing a personal injury claim will need to quantify the past, present and future financial impact of the amputation injury. An attorney can assist you in valuing such things as:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of ongoing medical treatment
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Medication costs
- Prosthetic devices
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Impairment in the ability to earn money in the future
- Loss of consortium (a spouse's loss of love, affection, companionship, services as a result of someone else's negligence injuring their spouse)
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury, and you feel that the injury was caused by the actions of another party, you can contact Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC. Reach Brett via email, or by phone: (502) 242-8877. Call to discuss your legal options so that you can make an informed decision about the course of action you need to take.