Washington DC Amputation Injury Lawyer Explains How Compensation Helps
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 500 Americans have limbs amputated each day. Although cancer and other medical conditions may require an amputation as part of normal treatment, serious accidents and/or medical negligence may also cause loss of limb. These injuries are permanently disabling and often necessitate prosthetics, home modifications, occupational therapy, and specialized medical equipment. Additionally, amputees frequently require therapy to learn how to cope with feelings of grief, denial, anger, loss, and uncertainty. These expenses combined with wage loss can cause a significant financial burden to you and your family. However, if the negligent actions of others caused your accident, then you may be able to obtain compensation for these costs, plus other damages, through a personal injury lawsuit.
At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience helping individuals with catastrophic personal injuries. If an accident resulted in the loss of your limb(s), then an amputation injury lawyer at our law firm can investigate the circumstances to find all liable parties. We will evaluate the impact your injury has had on your life, and we will fight for full and fair compensation on your behalf.
What Kinds of Accidents Can Cause Loss of Limb?
In a serious accident, a limb may be caught or crushed, causing an immediate amputation or inflicting such extensive damage that amputation is the only medical option. Some of the most common amputation causes include:
- Medical malpractice. Certain medical mistakes may lead to an amputation. For example, physicians may fail to provide the accepted standard of care for health conditions, such as an infection. This can cause significant and possibly irreparable damage to a limb, necessitating full or partial amputation.
- Work accidents. According the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace accidents accounted for 2,644 amputations during 2015. Manufacturing jobs had the highest rates of amputation injuries. However, workers in retail, oil and gas extraction, construction, and transportation industries are also at risk. Often, these work injuries occur because company owners and/or operators fail to detect or correct unsafe conditions. However, defective equipment may also cause injuries that require an amputation.
- Motor vehicle crashes. Blunt force trauma or burn injuries sustained during car, truck, and motorcycle accidents may require doctors to amputate limbs. Cyclists and pedestrians can also suffer loss of limb after colliding with vehicles.
- Product defects. Many types of defective products can carry a risk of amputation. Often, these products are more dangerous for children whose smaller fingers and limbs may become caught more easily than an adult’s.
If you lost a limb as a result of an accident of any kind, then you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
What Are the Costs of Amputation Injuries?
A catastrophic personal injury, such as an amputation, imposes enormous financial and emotional costs on victims and their families. In addition to the initial costs of medical treatments, amputees often require many services and resources that can include:
- Prosthetic limbs. A prosthetic limb can significantly improve one’s quality of life following an amputation injury. However, prostheses are expensive, since they must be custom-made and require physical therapy as victims adapt to an artificial limb. Additionally, prosthetic limbs must be upgraded and replaced on a regular basis.
- Rehabilitation services. After losing one or more limbs, rehabilitation is almost always a necessity. Victims may need rehabilitation services to learn how to cope with their injuries, perform daily tasks, or adapt to a new job.
- Home modifications. In some cases, accident victims may need to make modifications to their homes. For example, modified railings and ramps can help amputees move up and down staircases. Home modifications can be extremely expensive, in some cases costing tens of thousands of dollars.
- Therapy. Many amputees experience depression, anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due an amputation. Coping with psychological trauma may require ongoing therapy and psychiatric services.
- Pain treatment and medications. Depending on the circumstances, victims may require pain management therapies and/or medications. Additionally, amputations may cause “phantom” pain, a condition where amputees feel painful sensations in the amputated limb or limbs, requiring ongoing treatment.
The loss one or more limbs may also make finding or returning to work difficult or impossible, causing wage loss and financial difficulty.
Questions About Loss of Limb Claims? Call Our Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If your amputation injury was caused by the negligent actions of other parties, then you may be able to recover compensation that can help aid in your recovery. A personal injury lawsuit could help cover the costs of medical bills, therapy and home modifications, among other expenses, and can compensate you further for your pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Contact an amputation injury lawyer at our law firm today to being exploring your legal options.
At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, we take cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us fees unless we secure compensation for you or your loved one. Our law firm accepts catastrophic personal injury cases in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and other states. For a free consultation, call (202) 463-3030 or fill out our online case review form.