Losing a limb or extremity is a traumatic, life-changing event, and support for amputees is paramount. While amputation can be necessary due to a medical condition, in many instances a person requires an amputation after an accident, such as a vehicle collision, workplace incident, or machinery malfunction.
Where another person was responsible for the accident, it is crucial that the injured party receives compensation for the event and its life-long effects. The Lenahan Law Firm has extensive experience receiving favorable compensation for clients who required an amputation due to the actions of others, particularly in motor vehicle collisions.
Rather than spreading our efforts across many cases, we only take on a handful of severe injury cases at a time to ensure each client receives our full attention, effort, and personalized care. Call our Denton County amputation injury attorneys today at (214) 295-1008 for a free consultation.
Although a number of circumstances can lead to a person requiring an amputation, the main types of accidents that result in amputations include:
- Motor-vehicle accidents
- Workplace/industrial accidents
- Defective products/machinery
- Explosions or fires
- Medical malpractice
- Agricultural accidents
Amputations can occur due to the accident itself, or as a result of medical intervention where amputation is necessary due to the extent of a person’s injuries.
Medical practitioners generally classify amputations into “upper” amputations for the fingers, wrist, or arm, and “lower” amputations relating to the toes, ankle, or leg. Specific medical terms exist for exactly where the amputation occurs. A below knee or “transtibial” amputation is the most common type of amputation.
Amputations have life-long impacts in a variety of ways, including causing:
- Physical limitations and pain: A person may continue to experience “phantom” pain or pain in other areas of their body from the accident, may not be able to perform certain tasks or partake in activities, and may struggle with mobility issues.
- Psychological suffering/disorders: Generally due to the trauma of the accident and the difficulty of adapting to a new way of life.
- Medical expenses: The initial and ongoing medical expenses an amputee can incur from the cost of procedure itself, ongoing rehabilitation, and prosthetic limbs can be drastic.
- Lost income: The amputee may have lost their job or struggle to find suitable employment, with a life-long impact on their future earnings.
- Relational impacts: The relationships of those close to the amputee may be altered or strained, and family members or friends may have to take time out of their day to help the amputee.
Notably, many inspirational people use their accidents as motivation to achieve great things, for example, through athletic endeavors, motivational support, or advocacy roles. However, this does not detract from the difficulties these people face and their right to compensation.
Depending on the ultimate cause of the accident, the first step to receiving compensation is determining liability. A number of parties may be liable for the accident, including negligent motorists, employers, premises owners who failed to provide safe conditions, and manufacturers of faulty or defective equipment.
Whatever led to your accident, the Denton County injury lawyers at The Lenahan Law Firm will perform thorough investigations to determine the cause and identify the at-fault party. We fight for our clients to receive compensation for the wide range of losses they have encountered or will encounter as a result of the amputation, whether through settlement negotiations or at court.
If you or a loved one have suffered an amputation in Denton County as the result of another person’s actions, call The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 to learn how we can help you.