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Amputation Injury

According to the National Limb Loss Information Center, nearly 200,000 amputations are performed every year in the U.S., and some two million Americans are living as amputees. A whopping 75 percent of upper limb amputations are due to trauma or accidental injury, reports Stanford Health Care.  

If a limb or appendage is so severely damaged that the body is incapable of healing it, amputation is typically the only option. In catastrophic injury cases – often stemming from motorcycle accidents and vehicular accidents – victims may lose a limb or body part after it is traumatically severed from the body. This is known as a traumatic amputation. A surgical amputation may be required for fingers, toes, or extremities that have been injured beyond repair. 

Loss of limb from catastrophic injuries 

Oftentimes, individuals who suffer amputation injuries are rendered permanently disabled, and incapable of returning to work. Victims may be forced to make major lifestyle adjustments to compensate for the loss of an appendage or limb, which greatly diminishes their quality of life. 

If you’ve been involved in an accident that resulted in an amputation injury, you may be eligible for compensation from negligent parties. By pursuing legal action, a Los Angeles accident lawyer at Ellis Injury Law can help you recover the necessary financial means to pay medical bills, reimburse lost wages, and aid in your recovery and rehabilitation process. Our attorneys have a history of obtaining maximum compensation for amputation injuries resulting from vehicle crashes, pedestrian accidents, and defective products, and have won more than $350 million in settlements for clients over the last 25 years. 

Causes & life-changing effects of amputation injuries  

Johns Hopkins Medicine states that diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, invasive cancer, blood clots, neuroma, and osteomyelitis are some of the most common causes of surgical amputation.  

In the context of trauma and accidents that result in amputation injuries, our lawyers have handled a wide range of legal actions involving: 

  • Construction site accidents 
  • Motorcycle accidents 
  • Heavy machinery accidents 
  • Severe burn injuries 
  • Motor vehicle and truck crashes 
  • Industrial accidents 
  • Dangerous and defective consumer products 
  • Work-related accidents 

Injuries that result in amputation produce much more than the physical loss of a body part.  And while many amputees make adjustments to accommodate their condition, the emotional and financial effects can be devastating.  

One day you’re living your best life, and the next you’re rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. The loss of a finger, an arm, a foot, or part of a leg will undoubtedly impact the rest of your life, making it difficult if not impossible to enjoy the activities and pastimes you did before.  

Around 80 percent of amputees suffer from phantom limb pain for months or even years after losing a body part. This can range from intense pressure to burning, itching and a sensation of electrical shocks.  

Beyond rehabilitation with physical therapy, victims may need muscle relaxants, pain medications, assistive devices, prosthetics, vocational counseling, and psychological therapy. 

How Ellis Injury Law can help 

Given the life-altering consequences of an amputation injury, and immense financial burdens that ensue, it’s important for victims to seek qualified legal representation when negligence is a factor. It costs nothing to speak with an accident lawyer at our firm about your rights to compensation. 

Our veteran lawyers routinely work with respected medical experts to determine the true impact of your amputation injury. By crafting a compelling claim for damages, we can demand maximum compensation for: 

  • Related medical expenses 
  • Loss of income 
  • Physical and emotional suffering 
  • Diminished work capacity 
  • Ongoing medical care 
  • Prosthetics and assistive devices 
  • In-home modifications 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life 

Insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart, and will most likely attempt to settle your case quickly and with the least amount of financial exposure. When you hire Ellis Injury Law, you will have a results-driven accident lawyer who isn’t afraid to play hardball or take the case to trial. 

Time limits for filing an amputation claim 

Under California law, personal injury victims typically have two years from the date of the accident and bodily injury to file suit. Once this statute of limitations expires or runs out, you are barred from seeking a legal recovery. 

Advocate for your rights after a catastrophic amputation injury and contact Ellis Injury Law as soon as possible. There are no upfront legal costs since we operate on a contingency basis. Call us today to arrange a free case evaluation. 

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