Amputation Injuries Caused by Negligence
Amputation injuries cause irreversible damage and frequently lead to a lifetime of disability. At this time it is estimated that more than 1.5 million people in the United States are living with an amputation. Although most amputations are caused by health conditions such as cancer and vascular disease, approximately 20% to 30% of all amputations are either traumatic or caused by the negligent actions of others. These accidental amputations could have been prevented if those responsible had behaved appropriately, making the loss of limb even more tragic than it already is.
The Emotional Cost of an Amputation Injury
Losing a limb is devastating, both physically and emotionally. Imagine a father of young children who can no longer play with his young ones due to an accidental amputation and it is easy to understand the gravity of his loss. Difficult to measure financially, yet no doubt real, those who lose their limbs endure great emotional difficulties and pass through all the stages of grief, from anger and denial to depression and finally acceptance. Amputees must also cope with the psychological trauma of the accident or circumstances leading to the amputation. Typically, the amputation injury victim continues to suffer from the emotional issues surrounding their injury long after the physical body has healed.
There are other losses of mobility that compound the tragedy of losing a limb; the amputation victim may no longer be able to walk or drive or independently perform personal functions. This lack of independence and invasion of privacy is extremely difficult to cope with and the emotional toll is extracted both from the victim and their family members.
A large portion of accidental amputation victims are males between the ages of 40 and 70, who may still be the primary breadwinners for their families. If their amputation injury causes them to be unable to work not only will there be financial consequences but their emotional stress levels are likely to soar and it may be difficult for these victims to maintain strong sense of personal value and integrity.
If you or someone you know has suffered an accidental loss of limb, do not hesitate to speak with your amputation injury attorney about the emotional difficulties your amputation has caused.
Accidental Amputation Causes
Amputation injuries can be caused by physical accidents or medical malpractice. Common physical accidents leading to an amputation are: motor vehicle collisions, construction site accidents, other work place injuries, accidents caused by dangerous property conditions and severe injuries caused by hazardously defective products. Medical malpractice may result in an accidental amputation for several reasons. Outright negligent medical treatment during surgery can lead to further injury and cause an amputation as can an error in assessing the necessity for the removal of a limb. The misdiagnosis of cancer and of a cancer’s risk of spreading can also lead a medical professional to erroneously remove a limb. Finally, in some situations the medical team is so egregiously unprofessional as to go through with an amputation on the wrong limb.
All of the above causes of accidental amputations can be successfully taken to trial if fault and responsibility can be proven. Legal action maybe the only way to recover some of the costs related to the unnecessary removal of a limb.
The Importance of a Lawsuit Evaluation for Amputation Injuries Caused by Negligence
If it appears that someone else was at fault for your dismemberment injury then it is time to consult with an experienced amputation injury lawyer who can evaluate your claim, explain all of your legal options and assist you in pursuing the best course of action for your situation.
Experienced amputation injury attorneys are best able to assess the current and future financial needs for you and your family members and identify the appropriate legal channels for going forward with your case. Whether your lawsuit should be filed under personal injury statutes, medical malpractice or product liability, amputation injury lawyers evaluate several factors to calculate appropriate compensation including the medical expenses from the past, in the present and in the future to the income and earning capacities lost from the moment of the injury moving forward. Your lawyer will also factor in the emotional costs of your amputation including past, present and future pain and suffering, the permanence of your injury and the levels of enjoyment of life lost. This evaluation is absolutely essential for recovering an appropriate amount from those responsible.