Losing a limb, hand, foot, finger, or toe to amputation after a car accident or other type of accident is a traumatic experience that people can't fully appreciate until it happens to them. You could potentially endure several surgeries for your limb loss along with adjusting to living with a prosthetic limb or no limb at all.
Decreased quality of life is common after car accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, or workplace accidents that require the amputation of a limb. The one piece of good news in all your suffering is that you have the legal right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the other party if his or her negligent actions caused the accident.
The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Raphaelson & Levine in New York City have decades of experience representing clients with traumatic amputation and other serious injuries. We fight hard to help you obtain reimbursement for medical care, lost wages, physical pain, and suffering, and several other areas of compensation. If you have lost a body part in an accident caused by someone else, we invite you to call 212-268-3222 or contact Raphaelson & Levine today to request a free consultation with one of our experienced amputation injury lawyers.
You could experience either a full or partial amputation due to injuries sustained in the accident. With a full amputation, a surgeon removes any remaining parts of the limb if it didn't completely sever at the time of your serious injury. If it's possible for a surgeon to reattach the limb promptly after the accident, you may recover some sensation in the lost limb.
A partial amputation occurs when at least some of the soft tissue that connects the limb to the rest of the body remains intact. It may or may not be possible to reattach the severed limb depending on the severity of the damage.
The term traumatic amputation refers to the immediate limb loss at the scene of an accident. Workplace accidents such as an explosion or getting a limb caught in machinery are two common examples. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible to reattach a lost limb after an accident. A traumatic amputation is always accident-related and sudden.
A non-traumatic amputation refers to a planned surgery such as removing severely infected toes from a person with uncontrolled diabetes. Traumatic amputation can also result from surgical errors that could form the basis for a medical malpractice claim. You could still have a non-traumatic amputation months or years after the original injury. Regardless of the classification of your limb loss, you retain the legal right to pursue financial compensation with a personal injury lawsuit.
The sad reality of amputation injuries is that many of them are preventable. Negligent actions by others like texting while driving or providing inadequate safety equipment for employees are typical examples of why amputation injuries happen. Others include:
Remember that Raphaelson & Levine attorneys are available to assist with your amputation injury no matter how it happened if you feel someone else is at fault.
People can experience significant side effects of an amputation injury even after undergoing surgery to remove or reattach the severed limb. For example, many amputees have poor circulation in the area of the lost limb for the remainder of their life. The lack of proper blood flow can mean living with severe pain that requires strong prescription medications to control. Because all medications have side effects, the need to take several of them can have a negative impact on quality of life.
In addition to regular physical therapy appointments, people who experienced the loss of a limb often require support at home for basic tasks such as showering, dressing, and eating. While amputees surely appreciate the help, training, and paying staff experienced with limb loss takes significant financial resources.
A person who has lost a limb, hand, foot, or digit has a much higher risk of infection than those with all limbs intact. Infections require even more medical care, including hospitalization and possibly additional surgery. Cysts and sores at the wound site are common as well. Some amputees even experience phantom pain, a term that describes the sensation of physical pain in the body part that no longer exists.
Due to the violent and often sudden nature of losing a body part, many amputees struggle with mental health concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Regular mental health counseling is necessary, and some people with amputation injury require psychological medications to cope with their new reality. There's just nothing easy about living life with one or more missing body parts. The difficulty starts on the day of the accident and continues to surgery and adjusting to life under the new tragic circumstances.
You deserve fair compensation when an amputation injury turns your life upside down. We invite you to learn more about starting a personal injury claim by contacting Raphaelson & Levine at 212-268-3222 to request a free consultation today. We believe that loss of a limb, living with a prosthetic limb, and all the complications you have experienced deserve maximum compensation and we will aggressively negotiate or litigate to secure it.
Raphaelson & Levine serve personal injury clients on contingency. The term contingency means that we do not seek payment until we have successfully settled your claim. We receive a set percentage at that time, which we discuss in more detail at the free consultation. While we can't undo the life-changing injury you experienced, we can provide you with valuable peace of mind knowing you will be able to care for yourself with proceeds from your lawsuit.