In serious and traumatic accidents, one may find themselves in need of amputation as a preventative measure to control pain or a disease process in the affected limb. Amputation is the surgical removal of a limb or other extremity. The most common type of amputation involves the leg. Millions of Americans have had this procedure done and the cause is most often a severe accident-related injury such as a burn, infection, cancer, or frostbite.
Amputation Injury Overview
The prognosis for a victim of amputation injuries involves psychological and emotional discomfort due to the significant practical limitations it presents. Many victims (50 – 80 percent) will also experience a phenomenon known as phantom limb, which makes them feel the body part that is no longer there. They can feel any sort of sensation, ranging from burning, itching, and pain.
You May Need an Attorney
If an accident victim is injured due to negligence and the injury results in amputation, the party responsible will be liable for expenses that follow, along with present and future losses, such as wages due to the inability to work. In order to determine who is liable, a complicated investigation must be done to analyze all the facts of the case. The attorney can then determine the cause of the preventable injury and take appropriate measures.
In a personal injury case involving amputation, the following parties may be liable for financial compensation:
- Negligent drivers operating a vehicle
- Trucking company
- Dog owner
- Owner of land where the injury took place
- Manufacturer of the defective product
Devastating Amputation Injury Statistics
- Each year, approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States.
- Millions today are living with amputation injuries.
- Almost half of all limbs lost are a result of devastating accidents.
- Over three-quarters of amputees are males.
- The leading cause of amputation injuries is work-related accidents.
Contact Our Philadelphia Injury Law Firm to Discuss Your Case
The Heslin Law Firm and its skilled amputation injury attorneys have been serving the city of Philadelphia for over 30 years. We fully and truly understand how tragic the loss of a limb is, both physically and emotionally. When you hire a personal injury attorney at our firm, you will be assisted in preparing for trial and calculating the cost of your recovery that you are entitled to under the law. An important process in amputation cases is calculating damages and proving the value of a lost limb.
We work with a variety of medical experts to help us determine the value of a case and prepare for trial. We will also speak to skilled surgeons who can decide whether or not future medical procedures are required. If the client needs a prosthetic limb, the cost will be added to the client’s demanded settlement cost.
If you or a loved has serious injuries due to negligence of another person or party, you are eligible for financial compensation that helps pay for medical expenses, lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The Heslin Law Firm and its skilled amputation injury attorneys offer free legal consultations for clients who have been in serious life-altering accidents. Call our office at 215-332-0300 or contact us on the web to consult with Gary Heslin.