Almost two million individuals live with limb loss in the United States. Roughly 185,000 amputations occur in this county every year. Amputation injuries resulting from accidents can radically change your life and have a profound impact on not just your physical health but also your mental, emotional, and financial health.
Suppose you were harmed in an accident that could have been avoided. In that case, you could have a valid reason for filing a Florida personal injury lawsuit. A qualified Palm Beach County amputation lawyer can assess your case to determine whether you’re owed compensation for medical expenses, lost income and wages, overall pain and suffering, and other damages.
Defining Amputation or Loss of Limb
An amputation is defined as full or partial removal of an upper or lower body part or extremity. Extremities that are at risk of being severed from the body due to injury or accident include:
When the loss of one of these body parts results from an accident, it’s referred to as a traumatic amputation. Recovering from an amputation or loss of a limb is typically very challenging and painful. Unfortunately, it’s common for those enduring such an injury to feel extreme anger, frustration, and hopelessness.
A complete amputation occurs when a specific body part is completely disconnected from the body. Sometimes in these accidents, the severed body part can be reattached. If it can’t be, a complete amputation injury requires proper care to the severed body part or stump, also referred to as the residual limb.
If the injury results in some soft-tissue connection remaining attached between the limb and the body, the injury is known as a partial amputation. Even though soft tissue remains, these types of amputation injuries can be just as hard to reattach as those that are entirely severed.
Sometimes a partial amputation or even another type of injury—such as a crushing injury or catastrophic burn injury results in a medically necessary amputation. For example, if your leg was severely crushed and broken in a boating accident, there may be no hope of surgical or other treatment that can bring your leg back to some level of function. In these types of cases, it is sometimes best to amputate the limb or appendage altogether.
Medical Costs and Treatment for Amputation Injury
Treatment of an amputation injury involves reconstruction or the use of prosthetic limbs or devices. These costs can add up quickly because of the comprehensive care required.
A traumatic amputation injury often results in the patient needing to:
- Be hospitalized
- Obtain acute care for a limb injury
- Go to inpatient rehabilitation
- Attend outpatient doctor appointments
- Go to physical and occupational therapy
- Purchase a unique prosthetic device and other medical devices
- Receive psychological/social support or therapy
The treatment of amputation injuries—no matter how or where they occurred, is often a lengthy and ongoing process. One study revealed that an amputation victim could easily spend over $500,000 in medical care throughout their life.
How a Skilled Palm Beach County Amputation Attorney Can Help After an Amputation Injury
After initiating treatment for an amputation, you can start to think about liability and if you should move forward with legal action. A skilled Palm Beach County amputation lawyer can assist in many ways after an accident.
Suppose your amputation is the result of a traumatic injury. In that case, you likely won’t have the time or ability to gather evidence from the accident scene. However, collecting evidence such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) reports, police reports, or other documents that detail how the accident occurred and the extent of your injuries can still help support your case.
A Palm Beach County amputation lawyer has the resources and knowledge necessary to gather all the evidence from the scene. If you were able to gather evidence, then your lawyer can follow up. For instance, by ensuring all witnesses were interviewed. Your legal counsel can also enlist experts to diagram the accident or investigators to dig deeper into the events that unfolded to cause your injury, if necessary.
Evaluate Medical Expenses
Amputation injuries inherently involve in-depth medical care. As such, a lawyer can be of significant assistance in determining your past, current, and future medical expenses. Calculating the overall cost of your expenses will help your legal team determine how much money will be necessary to cover your basic expenses, as well as additional future expenses that could accrue over time.
Recover Economic or Non-Economic Losses
A lawyer can help you recover compensation, referred to as damages for both economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses, also known as special damages, include medical costs, lost wages, and income from an incapacity to work or attending medical appointments, physical rehabilitation, prosthetic limbs, and other monetary expenses or losses related to your injury.
Non-economic losses or general damages usually cover pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of the enjoyment of life that the victim may experience after losing an appendage in an accident. A reputable Palm Beach County amputation lawyer can help determine how much compensation you are entitled to receive based on your case.
Negotiate A Fair Settlement
Finally, your attorney will likely have years of experience negotiating settlements. They have what it takes to work with the at-fault party, insurance companies, and any other parties responsible for paying out a fair settlement to compensate you for such a traumatic and life-changing injury.
Call a Compassionate Palm Beach County Amputation Lawyer Today
If you’re searching for a compassionate yet aggressive Palm Beach County amputation attorney who will stand up for your rights, look no further than the Iscoe Law Firm. We know how absolutely devastating these injuries can be to you and your loved ones. Your life will never be the same, and no amount of money can change what has happened. Even still, you deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries. We strive to obtain the recovery you are entitled to receive, no matter what it takes. Call us today at 800 800-6500 to schedule your free consultation. We know that accidents can happen day or night, and that’s why we are available to take your call 24/7, 365 days a year.