Most people in Encino, CA will never have to experience the loss of a limb due to amputation. Using our appendages is something that many take for granted until it is no longer a part of who we are. Unfortunately, amputations happen for several reasons, ranging from injury to illness. Although some injuries are the results of an accident, others are caused by negligence, particularly in the workplace. If your amputation is the result of an injury at work, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Amputations occur when a body part is completely or partially separated from the body. While some situations allow for reattachment, others result in permanent loss. Even if a limb can be reattached, there could be long-term damage or difficulties in using it. This can be both physically and mentally frustrating.
Complications from amputations can arise with both partial and complete amputations. Types of complications include infection, excessive bleeding, nerve damage, and other psychological or emotional effects.
There are several situations that can cause a person to undergo amputation:
While some of the injuries suffered in these situations are truly accidents, any harm that occurs due to the negligence of others should result in the responsible parties being held accountable. This is particularly true in the workplace.
Any part of the body’s extremities can be amputated. These extremities are categorized into two parts of the body: upper and lower extremities.
Upper extremities include body parts such as fingers, hands, or arms. Amputations on this area of the body include:
Lower extremities refer to the toes, feet, or legs. Examples of amputations in this area include:
Some amputations of the lower extremities may involve an amputation through the hip or pelvic area. However, these instances are rare, and some doctors are able to perform an internal amputation in the pelvis that preserves the use of the leg.
A person who experiences amputation in these areas may choose to utilize the help of a prosthetic limb. This is usually fitted within 30 days of surgery.
If your amputation was caused by the negligence of others, you may be entitled to certain compensation as a result. Because each case is unique, you should not assume that you will be awarded damages. Possible damages that you can claim include:
In claims involving amputation, settlements are governed by comparative liability laws. This means that the amount of potential compensation is determined by the amount of fault both parties are deemed responsible for. If, for example, a jury finds you 30% responsible for the injury, you may be awarded 70% in cost recovery. However, if there is shared fault, there will likely be insurance companies involved who will mutually try to recover damages for their clients.
As with many California personal injury cases, if your amputation was the result of another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement. These claims are to supplement the loss in quality of life you may have suffered because of the negligent party.
The type of limb that is lost will determine the potential compensation that you may receive. The loss of a finger or toe, for example, is approximately $20,000. However, if there is the loss of a leg, your compensation could be more than $100,000. This is prior to any additional settlement, such as disability benefits.
Limb loss or removal refers to the loss or removal of a body part such as a hand, finger, arm, foot, toe, or leg. Each of these can be life-changing and impact your job, personal relationships, and your ability to move, work, or interact with others in an independent way. Many times, the loss of a limb is accompanied by emotional trauma or continuing physical pain.
Many amputees will say that the physical and mental pain experienced in an accident is excruciating. However, while that pain can eventually be managed through surgery and medical assistance, many will also talk about the chronic and ongoing physical and mental pain that is a result of the experience.
If you have experienced an accident that has led to an amputation procedure, contact the Barry Law Group. We will review the circumstances of your accident to help determine responsibility and to help you recover any damages that you may be entitled to. Whether the accident was in the workplace or the result of another, you should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
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