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Should I Call an Injury Lawyer if I Had an Amputation?

The loss of a hand, arm, foot, leg or even an ear is a devastating, disfiguring and permanent injury. If you or somebody close to you suffered an amputation anywhere in California, and you believe it was caused by the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, contact an experienced, skilled and aggressive personal injury lawyer.

Contact your local attorneys at Maison Law today.

 

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.

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 and other workplace accidents.
  • Agricultural accidents, including those involving lawn mowers.
  • 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.

Emotional Consequences of Amputation

The psychological and emotional consequences of an amputation can add their own type of pain for a victim. Those who suffer traumatic amputations are more likely to suffer more profound emotional and psychological consequences than somebody who undergoes a planned surgical amputation. Depression is also a common side effect of amputation, especially in the context of an amputee’s body image issues.

The Law Imposes Strict Time Limits

Take notice that in California, the general rule is that an injury victim has two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit seeking personal injury damages. Given the severity of the injury, it’s going to take some time for an amputee to physically and emotionally prepare himself or herself for a lawsuit seeking compensation for their damages.

California Amputation Injury Lawyer:

As soon as you are physically and mentally able to consult with an attorney from our offices, arrange to do so. If necessary, we can come to you. The stakes are high in any amputation case, and an opposing insurer will begin laying out its defenses as soon as it receives notice of your claim or lawsuit. It’s incumbent on you to take the offensive at your earliest opportunity. The sooner that you contact us here at Maison Law, the sooner we can begin building a solid case on your behalf. When we’re retained to represent you, our objective is to maximize any settlement or award that you receive.

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