The loss of a limb is an extremely traumatic and life-changing type of injury, no matter how it happens. People who are in serious car, motorcycle or truck crashes often end up losing one or more fingers, arms or legs, which will change their day-to-day life forever.
There are about 30,000 accident related amputations in the U.S. annually involving various body parts. Statistics point to a number of common causes for the loss of a limb:
- Motor vehicle crash
- Electrocution injuries
- Fireworks and explosives injuries
- Workplace injury
- Agricultural, farm and lawnmower injuries
Motor vehicle crashes represent the largest percentage of medically-necessary accident related amputation injuries. This means there was a medical need to perform an amputation because of a severe injury caused in a motor vehicle collision. Here are some additional facts:
- The majority of traumatic amputation victims are between 15 and 40 years old
- Almost 80% are males
- The most common traumatic amputation involves some part of the hand and one or more fingers
- 70% of all traumatic amputations involve the upper limbs
Victims of these types of injuries often experience severe and debilitating psychological and mental problems - - depression, anxiety, insomnia and PTSD to name just a few. Many people who suffer the loss of a limb also can experience what is known as “phantom pain.” This means that even though they no longer have a leg or an arm, they still experience severe pain where their limb once was.
Compensation for Traumatic Amputation Victims
The Goldberg Noone Law Firm represents people who have suffered a traumatic amputation injury to fight for fair compensation for their injuries and medical care. In cases like these, there are other factors that come into play when dealing with trying to get the client's life back in order. But with these types of extreme injuries, there are other things like getting a prosthetic limb fitted and made, plus occupational and physical rehabilitation to assist the victim in continuing his or her life without the use of a part of their body.
Amputation injury victims face a future of financial uncertainty, having in most cases lost their ability to work and provide a living for themselves and their families. Our firm enlists the services of economists and other vocational experts who prepare data and forecasts regarding your financial losses from being unable to work for the rest of your life, or what is called ‘loss of earning capacity.' This is a critical component of ensuring you receive compensation that is equivalent to what you would have earned had you not been injured.
Additionally, people who suffer a traumatic amputation, especially if it involves a leg or both legs, often end up back in the hospital because of post-amputation complications, like severe infections or other problems.
As your legal team, our attorneys, case analysts, and paralegals begin working immediately to obtain the maximum financial settlement or jury verdict on your behalf. We consider all of the future care you'll need for the rest of your life. We assemble a team of experts to present the specific facts of your case, including leading life-care planners who are also medical doctors. These experts prepare a detailed analysis of the costs associated with the future medical care for the remainder of your life, and also serve as an expert witness in court should your case go to trial. This type of planning and negotiation with the insurance company of the party who is found responsible for your injury requires skill, determination and experience in handing traumatic amputation injury cases.
We fully understand the stress, uncertainty, financial and physical trauma that losing a limb can mean to our clients, and we will do everything in our power to fight for your legal rights to receive adequate monies in your efforts to try to get on with your life to the best of your abilities.
Following a traumatic amputation injury, your primary focus needs to be on your medical care, rehabilitation, and learning how to regain as much as a normal life as physically and mentally possible. Our job at Goldberg Noone is to handle everything else so that you can continue your recovery with as few distractions as possible. When you retain our law firm to represent you, your problems instantly become our problems. We'll take care of gathering all of your medical records, deal with all of the insurance companies involved, negotiate aggressively to protect your best interests and provide you with timely updates through every step of this complicated process.
It never costs a thing to call us with your legal questions after a traumatic amputation injury, and you will have a lot of them. We'll be glad to speak directly to all of your concerns and offer our legal opinion as to whether you may have a cause for legal action. You'll never pay us a penny out of your pocket – any monies we earn will come from a settlement or from a financial award stemming from a jury trial if we end up in court.
Simply call our main office at 239-461-5508, or just complete this form to contact one of our traumatic amputation injury attorneys, and we'll reach out to you immediately. Don't put things off, hoping things will get better on their own. This is the type of injury that requires skilled legal help, and our firm is always here when you need us.