Burlington Amputation Lawyers
Losing a limb is one of the most traumatic injuries an individual can experience. Even something seemingly as small as a toe or finger can drastically affect a victim’s life, from how they work to their self-esteem, and the trauma can persist for years to come. In addition, the medical and therapeutic costs associated with an amputation can be astronomical and are further compounded by any potential disabilities the victim may face.
But amputations are no simple accident and can often be traced back a negligent individual’s poor decisions. If you or someone you loved suffered an amputation because of the poor decisions of another individual, do not hesitate to contact the Burlington amputation attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Call us at (781) 262-3338 to schedule a free consultation and learn what options are available to you.
Severe trauma is a major cause of amputations, often because of an extensive laceration that passes through the skin, muscles, and bones of an affected limb. In addition, crush injuries can also heavily damage a limb and the resulting wounds may require a medical professional to amputate the limb to avoid further harm to the victim’s body. Alongside crush injuries, surgeons may have to remove a limb to stop the spread of an infection, such as cancer.
Traumatic events that can lead to an amputation include:
- Auto accidents that lead to crush injuries, especially in the lower limbs
- Bicycle and motorcycle accidents where the rider is caught underneath a larger vehicle
- Work incidents where workers are trapped in machinery or caught between machinery and a hard surface, such as in construction
- Severe burns that extend to the bone
- Nursing home neglect that results in an extensive infection, such as bed sores
- Gross negligence that results in medical malpractice
- Violent dog attacks to the feet or hands
Moving on after a catastrophic injury like an amputation can be extremely difficult without a thorough medical treatment and assistance. Sadly, this can be expensive for everyday workers who live paycheck to paycheck.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, the initial costs of an amputation can include an extensive emergency room bill, surgical treatment, pain medication and antibiotics, and diagnostic reviews to prevent against further harm. These bills can be devastating for any individual, but they only tend to get worse, as you may need prosthetics, assisted living equipment, modifications to your home, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
These medical costs can also be exasperated if your injury affects your ability to make a living. In some cases, you may lose out on weeks to months of wages during your treatment and rehabilitation; however, others may have to change careers, especially if you work in the construction industry. Beyond these immediate costs, victims can also suffer psychological trauma, such as phantom limb syndrome, that requires therapy to overcome.
Bottom line, the loss of a limb can severely disrupt your entire life and leave you with a mountain of debt. This is especially unfair if your injury was caused due to someone else’s negligence. Whether you were struck by a reckless driver or a faulty product caused the loss of your limb, you may have a claim for compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance policy.
After an accident with a negligent individual, you may be covered under that party’s liability insurance policy. This applies to both injuries sustained on someone else’s property, such as an apartment building or retail store, and a vehicle collision. These policies often cover “great bodily harm,” which the loss of a limb would definitely be covered under. Liability insurance policies allow victims of traumatic injuries to file personal injury claims in order to cover the costs related to the injury. These costs are often divided up into two different categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages will involve anything that has a financial cost associated with it, including past and future medical bills, lost wages, a change in a career, therapy, prosthetics, medical equipment, and rehabilitation. In contrast, non-economic damages cover anything that does not have a financial cost, including pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and permanent disabilities. Both types of damages are available in an amputation case, but to ensure that the at-fault insurance provides proper coverage for your injuries, you need the legal aid of a skilled attorney.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., our Burlington personal injury attorneys are aggressive advocates for our clients and their right to compensation. If you lost a limb due to the negligence of someone else, you do not deserve to be saddled with medical bills and the difficulties of pursuing a claim. Instead, let us review your case and actively pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us at (781) 262-3338 to learn what options are available to you.