Amputation injuries are awful. Your life will never be the same as it was before your injury. Although there have been great advances made in the design of prosthetic limbs, you are likely facing a lifetime of medical treatment. Money won’t undo the trauma you’ve suffered, but it will help you pay your medical expenses and give you some measure of relief for your pain and suffering.
Our skilled team of amputation lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC has been helping amputees rebuild their lives for decades. Contact our Atlanta injury attorneys today at (404) 419-6674 to discuss your road to recovery.
Determining Possible Compensation after an Amputation
Typical amputation injuries include the following:
- Thumb amputation
- Finger amputation
- Partial finger amputation
- Loss of limb
- Partial amputation of fingers
- Partial amputation of your foot
When you meet with our law firm for a free consultation, we will discuss the following questions with you to help you determine the value of your lost body part:
- What type of accident caused your injury? How?
- When was the accident?
- What were your age and employment status at the time of the accident?
- Did you suffer from a pre-existing medical condition, such as heart disease or diabetes?
- Are the harms you’ve suffered permanent?
- What are the most devastating consequences of your injuries?
Issues of Medical Malpractice
Sometimes, victims’ limbs are amputated as the result of medical malpractice during a surgical procedure. For example, we are aware of a few cases in which the medical providers were negligent and removed the wrong body part during surgery. It should go without saying that if you didn’t give your medical providers consent to remove your limb, your medical providers more likely than not committed surgical malpractice.
It is very challenging to cope with a traumatic amputation. If you believe that your medical provider caused, or at least contributed to your limb amputation, contact our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers to evaluate your case. We will review and analyze all of your medical records to determine what went wrong. Once we complete our review, we will explain all of your potential legal options so that you can recover the compensation that you deserve.
Reasons for Amputations
In the United States, approximately 330,000 people undergo limb amputations each year. Amputations are usually the result of a traumatic incident. The leading causes of amputation due to medical malpractice include:
- A medical procedure that was performed without consent
- An infection due to unsanitary conditions during surgery
Amputations are also frequently caused by the following incidents:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, and bike accidents
- Exposure to dangerous products that poison the body
- Injuries on someone else’s property, such as when you are a guest in someone’s home and you’re injured due to faulty construction or a slip and fall accident
Amputations due to injuries at work are also common. Georgia’s worker’s compensation benefit system provides some measure of relief for those harms. However, it’s also possible that a third party might be liable for causing your injuries. For instance, if your arm is amputated as the result of a machine that malfunctioned while you were properly using it, you might be able to sue the manufacturer of that machine in addition to recovering worker’s compensation benefits. Band saws, forklifts, compactors, tractors, and conveyor belts can sometimes cause severe injuries despite your best efforts to carefully operate them.
Amputation injuries might ruin your future earning capacity and require prosthetic replacements every few years. The combination of low income and high medical costs is devastating for any victim and their family. If your body part is amputated, it’s critical that you hire an amputation lawyer like our team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC that knows how to identify all potential sources of compensation for your injuries. At first glance, it might look like the only compensation that you can recover is from the driver of the vehicle that injured you. However, if we hire an accident reconstructionist that determines that the at-fault driver had a defective auto part, like brakes or a gas pedal that malfunctioned, you might be able to sue the vehicle manufacturer that will have much deeper pockets to compensate you than an individual driver.
Managing the Lawsuit Using an Amputation Lawyer
Successful amputation lawsuits are lengthy and very expensive. You should always make sure that the law firm you hire has the personnel and resources to achieve your goals. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC we have over 33 years of legal experience and have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients. We are well-prepared to fight an extended battle if that’s what it takes to recover the compensation to make you whole.
At some point during your case, the insurance carrier will make a settlement offer to you. You should never communicate with the insurance adjuster on your own. Insurance adjusters will always contact you shortly after the incident and extend a settlement offer that might look tempting to you. Perhaps, that settlement offer will cover all of your past medical bills. However, the lifetime impact of your injuries will greatly exceed the value of that offer. Therefore, you should never negotiate with the insurance carrier until your injury attorney evaluates all of your damages. Our veteran amputation lawyers will analyze every aspect of your damages and review recent jury verdicts in the venue where you would file your lawsuit to determine what a jury might award you for your claim. Only then is it appropriate to negotiate your claim.
Hiring a Reputable Amputation Lawyer
A successful amputation case requires an accomplished and caring amputation lawyer. Contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (404) 419-6674 or contact us online for a free consultation and share your amputation experience with us. Let us help take the weight of the world off of your shoulders.