Los Angeles Amputation Injury Lawyer | Accident Attorneys

Los Angeles Amputation Injury Lawyer

According to the Amputee Coalition, an estimated 185,000 people have an amputation each year, which translates to 300 to 500 per day. Some stem from underlying medical conditions. However, a significant number occur in the aftermath of traumatic injuries sustained in accidents. When an amputation is due to the negligence of another party, whether a motor vehicle accident, a workplace incident, or a defective product, consulting with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Ellis Law is crucial.

Choosing the right lawyer is more than a legal decision; it’s a pivotal choice that shapes the trajectory of your recovery. It helps ensure that at-fault parties are held responsible and that you obtain the compensation needed to address medical expenses and financial stability for your future. Contact a Los Angeles amputation lawyer from Ellis Law for a free consultation.

Understanding Amputation Injuries

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Amputation injuries are life-altering, with victims impacted by not only physical challenges but also significant emotional and psychological issues as well.

Some of the leading causes of traumatic amputations include the following:

  • Traumatic Accidents: Car, truck, motorcycle, and workplace accidents can result in severe injuries leading to amputations. Traumatic injury accounts for about 45% of all amputations, according to the Amputee Coalition.
  • Industrial Machinery Accidents: Workers in industries involving heavy machinery or equipment are at risk of amputation injuries. Malfunctions, lack of safety protocols, or human error can all contribute to dangerous work environments.
  • Defective Products: Defective products, including machinery and power tools, pose a significant risk. Design flaws or manufacturing defects can lead to serious accidents resulting in traumatic amputations.
  • Electrical Accidents: Electrocution can cause severe damage, leading to the loss of limbs due to the impact on nerves and blood vessels.

Psychological Issues Stemming from a Traumatic Amputation

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While accident victims may adapt, the emotional and financial toll is often profound. Many activities they once enjoyed are likely impossible, e.g., playing with their children, driving, or working. This loss of independence and lifestyle changes can lead to emotional challenges, including depression and anxiety.

In addition, around 80 percent of amputees suffer from phantom limb pain for months or even years. It can range from intense pressure to burning, itching, and a sensation of electrical shocks. Beyond rehabilitation and physical therapy, victims may need muscle relaxants, pain medications, assistive devices, prosthetics, vocational counseling, and psychological treatment. Medical expenses and the potential loss of income often lead to financial instability.

Statute of Limitations

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Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a lawsuit. In California, you have two years from the accident date to file an injury lawsuit. It might seem like you have plenty of time; however, critical evidence can disappear. For example, in a car accident, CCTV footage is erased after a short period, and witnesses may be difficult to reach or not remember what happened. Speak with one of our Los Angeles amputation injury lawyers before the statute of limitations expires to ensure you protect your legal rights.

What Damages Can Be Recovered for You?

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The value of an amputation injury claim will depend on several factors. However, in cases involving the loss of one or two limbs, amputation settlements can easily reach millions of dollars. Compensation is a crucial aspect of seeking justice and rebuilding lives after a traumatic accident.

Victims may be entitled to recover for the following:

  • Past, present, and future medical costs
  • Costs of prosthetic limbs, orthopedic devices, and other assistive technologies
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Permanent or partial disability
  • Lost income
  • Counseling for emotional distress, anxiety, depression
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of spousal consortium
  • Home and vehicle modifications

Ellis Law is committed to offering intelligent and skilled representation, supporting clients in rebuilding their lives.

You Can Trust Ellis Law

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Our award-winning trial attorneys have a long track record of achieving notable settlements and verdicts in complex injury cases involving faulty machinery, defective products, negligent drivers, and unsafe working conditions, bringing a depth of knowledge and experience that sets us apart. Our lawyers have nearly 30 years of experience, and we’ve successfully recovered millions of dollars for amputation injuries for our clients. Our track record speaks volumes about our dedication.

We understand the gravity of losing a limb and the profound impact it can have on every aspect of your life. Here is how we can assist you in navigating the legal process and the unique challenges of these cases:

  • Comprehensive Case Assessment: We conduct a thorough assessment of your accident. This includes analyzing the circumstances surrounding the amputation, identifying liable parties, and crafting a strategic legal approach tailored to your case.
  • Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Our mission is to secure fair and reasonable compensation for the losses you’ve sustained. We strive to secure settlements encompassing the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and emotional distress.
  • Access to Resources: We collaborate with trusted experts, including physicians, accountants, engineers, and psychologists, to offer testimony that establishes liability and damages in amputation cases. Our team strives to build the strongest and most compelling case on your behalf.
  • Compassionate Advocacy: Recognizing the emotional impact of amputation, we approach each case with compassion and empathy, ensuring our clients feel supported throughout the legal process. We also prioritize transparent and open communication, so you’ll be informed at every step.
  • Trial Representation: Our skilled trial attorneys are prepared to aggressively advocate for you in a court of law if a trial becomes necessary.

By retaining a Los Angeles amputation injury attorney at Ellis Law, trust that we will protect your best interests from the moment we take your case.

Contact Ellis Law for a Free Consultation Today

If you’ve experienced an amputation injury due to negligence, we can navigate the legal complexities so you can focus on healing. Our commitment extends beyond legal representation; we are dedicated advocates working tirelessly to secure fair compensation for our clients. If you or a loved one has suffered a severed limb or traumatic amputation, contact our California Injury Lawyers at Ellis Law. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.