A violent crash on a California freeway or a workplace accident involving machinery can inflict devastating force on the bodies of victims. The severe injuries left behind may make an amputation the only way to save a patient’s life.
After losing a limb or another body part to a personal injury accident, victims will need full compensation for paying for their hospital care. They’ll also require full support for the medical equipment and house renovations they’ll need to adapt to life with a disability.
These costs should fall directly on the at-fault party that caused an accident. It’s important to make sure the party’s insurance provider extends full coverage for these costs and others as amputation victims rebuild their lives.
A Free Consultation With a Real California Lawyer For Accident Amputation Victims
After you have been forced into an accident by a negligent party, you may have been told you are on your own when the medical bills arrive. That’s simply not true.
A free consultation with a California Traumatic Injury Lawyer is your best resource when you have questions about why an at-fault party appears to be escaping blame for your accident. You’ll talk to a real lawyer at Maison Law and you’ll get an honest assessment of your case.
When you are through, you’ll know about every benefit available to you and your family. You’ll also have a clear understanding of your best path to holding a responsible party accountable for your injury.
Some Common Causes of Traumatic Amputations
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News reports that at least 30,000 traumatic amputations occur every year in the United States. About 70% of those involve the upper limbs. In descending order, here are some of the most common causes of traumatic amputations:
- Traffic accidents, involving automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.
- Construction accidents and other workplace accidents.
- Agricultural accidents, including those involving lawn mowers and heavy farm equipment.
- Firearms, explosions including military detonations.
- Falls from heights.
- Medical malpractice.
Medical Issues Involving Amputations
A traumatic amputation can leave a victim with serious side effects that include significant pain and circulatory issues. In cold weather, blood flow near the amputation site is reduced, intensifying the pain even more.
Infection at the amputation site, deep vein thrombosis and muscle contractions along with cysts and sores are other possible side effects of amputation. Then, there is the phantom pain originating from the brain and spinal cord and the phantom limb sensation that causes an amputee to feel as if the amputated limb is still there.
How Can I Get the Most Out of My Amputation Injury Claim?
California accident victims suffering through an amputation will usually be left with a permanent physical disability. This lifestyle change can greatly affect home life and work life. The bills for recovery costs and rehabilitation expenses will be enormous and they probably won’t ever end.
It’s critical that insurance companies for at-fault parties be held accountable for these costs. Yet, insurance adjusters will immediately try to get you to accept less than what you’ll need to cover a lifetime of care and physical therapy bills.
That’s why it’s important to file an amputation accident injury claim with plenty of evidence to back it up. You must have the proof needed to demand the maximum in compensation available for yourself and your family.
There are ways to ensure your case is as strong as possible so that you get the most out of your amputation injury claim. These are a few actions you can take to secure full support from an insurance company:
- Collect and Save Evidence – On the scene, takes photos, get witness contact information, and note any surveillance cameras around. Get someone with you to help if you don’t feel up to taking photos. If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, tell police officers everything you can remember so they can write up an accurate collision report. If you’ve suffered a traumatic injury on someone’s property or at work, allow a manager to write up an incident report.
- Talk to Witnesses – Find out what witnesses saw and get their contact information.
- Save Documents – Retain every medical bill you get. Keep your pay stubs to show how many paychecks you’ve lost while you are recovering from an amputation. Your California amputation injury lawyer will work to get copies of police accident reports and store incident reports.
- Avoid Making Statements – Don’t make statements on the scene saying you’re “okay.” Don’t admit fault in your accident. You could be wrong on both counts, but these comments could be used against you later. Also, don’t give recorded statements to insurance representatives who call you after an accident. They are hoping you’ll say something they can twist later to hurt your claim.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions – You’ll want to show insurance adjusters that you are making every effort to recover from your injury. Follow your doctor’s orders. Take medication, go to physical therapy and see any recommended specialists.
- Talk to a Skilled California Amputation Injury Lawyer – Discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you turn over your claim, the easier it will be for your lawyer to build your case. Waiting months or years can make it more difficult for your attorney to find evidence, request documents, and track down witnesses. Your lawyer also works to maximize your injury claim to ensure you have all the support you need for your physical and financial burdens.
How Costly are Amputations?
Aside from the physical pain and emotional anguish caused by an amputation, a victim is certain to be confronted with seemingly endless and costly medical bills, the inability to work for a long period of time and difficulties in ordinary daily life with endeavors that we typically take for granted.
As per the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the estimated lifetime cost of a leg amputation was nearly $510,000. Couple that with a victim’s diminished earning capacity and the economic damages of a leg amputation can easily surpass $1 million.
Compensation for California Amputation Injury Victims
When you file your claim with the help of a California Amputation Injury Lawyer, you’ll be seeking full compensation for every hardship you’ve endured and those hardships you’ll have to manage in the future.
After a devastating personal injury accident, you’ll need help paying for current medical bills and those expected in the future. You’ll also need help paying monthly bills and putting food on the table for your family while you must skip valuable paychecks as you miss work.
When an amputation and a permanent physical disability are involved, you will require much more in support. Your attorney should be asking for these additional benefits and more:
- Costs of lifelong physical therapy and rehabilitation.
- Costs of medical equipment needed to maintain independence and mobility. Upgrades and new equipment yearly.
- Home renovations. Bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen upgrades to allow a victim the most freedom possible. Wheelchair ramps may just be the start of the changes needed at a residence.
- Money for job training. Victims might need a new career due to a disability if they can’t perform their old job duties.
- Emotional Counseling. Anyone going through such a traumatic injury and life change could need psychological services to cope. A loss of enjoyment of life can be followed by depression. Victims may be unable to participate in family activities as they used to.
- Support for families. Training for loved ones as they help a family member adapt to a new way of life. Compensation for spouses who may suffer a loss of intimacy with a partner.
Time Limits on California Amputation Personal Injury Claims
California’s statute of limitations on amputation injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. If victims wait longer than 24 months to file a claim, it will likely be thrown out.
Amputees will have to learn to cope physically and mentally with their injury. But if they are able, or a family member is able, they should seek legal consul as soon as possible. Acting quickly allows an attorney to recover evidence before it disappears. Witnesses must also be contacted for testimony before they move away or change phone numbers and become unreachable.
Consult with a California Amputation Injury Lawyer
California accident victims who require amputations will have lifelong physical, emotional, and financial hardships to cope with. It’s not too much to ask that car insurance companies provide for victims over a lifetime after a careless act causes an accident.
Trusting your case to a skilled California Amputation Injury Lawyer may be the most important factor in anticipating the amount you’ll see on a settlement check. Your attorney makes sure you don’t accept a “lowball settlement offer.” These unfair offers are quickly identified and rejected. Your attorney then fights for more for you and your family.
There’s an easy, no-risk way to determine just what your case is worth. Contact Martin Gasparian, the founder of Maison Law, to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
If you feel Maison Law can help you earn the maximum compensation available for your injury, you won’t need any money upfront. Mr. Gasparian doesn’t get paid unless he wins your case.