Why Amputation Victims Must Fight for Compensation
Amputation is defined as the removal of any body part and can be done surgically or may be the result of trauma. Amputation is carried out on different body parts like hands, arms, feet and legs. The National Limb Loss Information Center estimates that 1 out of every 200 people in the United States has had an amputation.
- What is Traumatic Amputation? If a limb is cut off as a result of an accident at the workplace or in a road accident, then it is known as traumatic amputation.
- How often does it happen? In 2012, 1 out of every 20,000 persons globally underwent a traumatic amputation.
- Causes: Traffic mishaps, accidents involving hazardous machinery at work, weapons, fireworks, explosives and electric shocks are some of the major causes of traumatic amputation.
Amputation Due to Medical Negligence
Amputation can also occur as a result of medical negligence. For some people a body part may have to be unexpectedly removed due to complications in surgery, delayed treatment or a mistake on the part of the medical professional.
When is Amputation Necessary?
In many cases, amputation may be the last resort for survival and patients will have no other choice but to go through with the surgery.
Effects of Amputation
This unprecedented turn of events can cause great mental, physical and financial stress to the patient and his loved ones. He suffers tremendously, both on a psychological and physical level.
What Will Compensation for Amputation Cover?
- Treatment expenses: Whatever be the cause – trauma or clinical negligence, an amputation changes a person’s life forever. By pursuing monetary compensation, the financial assistance received will provide great solace. In addition, it will also help cover medical and physiotherapy expenses.
- Mental and physical pain: The personal injury claim will help the person secure an amount for the mental and physical pain suffered due to the injury/negligence, and the amputation.
- Lost wages: The compensation offered must also include lost earnings as the amputation could cost the sufferer a career. As they may not be able to return to their original job as a result of the disability and there is a possibility that she or he can never work again. All these developments make the claim for lost income justifiable.
- Cosmetic and other treatments: A major portion of the compensation package will comprise the costs of medical, rehabilitation and physiotherapy processes, which will last for some time. Severe accident cases may require plastic surgery and several sessions of skin grafting. These expensive treatments are also a part of personal injury claims.
- Cost of prosthetic limbs and Wheelchairs: Several amputees undergo drastic lifestyle changes after their accident. Many of them may need prosthetic limbs, specially designed wheelchairs or cars.
- Cost of modifications: Most of the above items do not come cheap and also need to be upgraded from time to time. Any latest modifications to such equipment also cost a lot of money. Lawyers try to include these payments as well in the compensation claims.
- Cost of counseling: Losing a limb not only leaves behind physical scars, but psychological ones as well. Following amputation, the person may sink into depression and lose all self-confidence. He may consider himself an embarrassment and avoid socializing. Such people may need psychiatric counseling and this cost is also included in the compensation demanded.
Getting Legal Assistance
After the decision to file a lawsuit is taken, the next step is to find a personal injury lawyer who can bring the case to a favorable conclusion. Wagner Reese provides legal assistance to clients who have undergone amputation to recover private care costs, legal and miscellaneous expenses and money to provide for dependent family members. For further details, call our toll-free number (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.