There may be no more serious and devastating injury than to permanently lose a part of your body to an accident. Amputation is the traumatic loss of limb or body extremity. Amputation accidents, whether limited to a piece of a finger or toe, or an entire arm or leg, can occur and have life-changing consequences. These very serious accidents are more likely to occur due to a motorcycle, truck or ATV accident, dog bite (mauling), or due to a defective product (product liability). The most serious auto accidents such as head-on collisions, rollovers or accidents which cause the vehicle to run off the road or into a building are likely to cause amputation. These traumatic and serious injuries can also occur when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle.
Compensation for amputation victims can include:
- Past and future medical expense
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional trauma and embarrassment
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium
My office has experience in handling these incredibly complex and serious cases. Past and current cases of mine include a young man who lost his thumb while working on a wood-splitter which was recalled due to a defect in design approximately one week before the accident. As it turns out, the wood-splitter was recalled because of a safety defect that increased the likelihood of amputation of thumbs and fingers. We filed suit against the manufacturer, the owner of the home where my client was working and the hardware store that sold the wood-splitter.
Another recent case of mine involves a Rhode Island woman who lost her foot because it was shattered beyond repair in a head-on collision. Unfortunately, the impact, caused by a drunk driver, was so severe that the engine forced the dashboard and floorboard back so far that her foot became irretrievably trapped within.
These are incredibly serious injuries that require an attorney who understands how to obtain every dollar available to you and will not look for a quick settlement. If you or a friend or family member had all or part of a limb amputated in any kind of accident it is imperative to speak with an attorney right away.
I will come to meet you at your home or hospital free of charge to answer any questions you may have and to ensure that your case gets off to a good start. I would not recommend speaking with the insurance companies until you have first spoken with an attorney. Anything you say in the initial interview with the insurance company may damage your claim later in the process.