Life After Amputation: Navigating Your Legal Rights and Coping with the Loss
Updated: Apr 4
Amputations are serious and life-altering injuries that can be caused by various accidents, medical conditions, and illnesses. Losing a limb or part of a limb can significantly impact a person's quality of life, ability to work, and emotional well-being. Amputations are considered catastrophic injuries and can result in long-term medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other expenses.
Types of Amputations
Upper Extremity Amputations: This type of amputation involves the loss of an arm, hand, finger, or thumb.
Lower Extremity Amputations: This type of amputation involves the loss of a leg (above or below the knee) or foot.
Digit Amputations: This type of amputation involves the loss of a single finger or toe.
Multiple Amputations: This type of amputation involves the loss of multiple limbs or digits.
Causes of Amputations
Trauma: Amputations can occur due to accidents, such as car crashes, industrial accidents, and explosions.
Medical Conditions: Amputations can be the result of medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease, cancer, and infections.
Surgical Procedures: Sometimes amputations are necessary due to complications during surgery.
Legal Rights for Amputatees
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The damages you may recover include:
Medical Expenses: This includes the cost of hospitalization, surgeries, medications, and other medical treatment.
Rehabilitation Expenses: An amputee may require physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation services to learn how to use prosthetics and regain mobility.
Lost Income: If you are unable to work due to your amputation, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, benefits, and future earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering: Amputees often suffer from physical and emotional pain and may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering.
Future Care: Amputees may require ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other care for the rest of their lives, and may be entitled to compensation for these expenses.
Legal Claims for Amputees
If you have suffered an amputation due to someone else's negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. To prove your case, you will need to show that the other party was negligent and that their negligence caused your amputation.
Negligence can be proven by showing that the responsible party had a duty to act reasonably, that they breached that duty, and that their breach caused your injury. For example, if you lost a limb in a car accident caused by a driver who was texting, you may be able to show that the driver breached their duty to operate their vehicle safely, and that their breach caused your amputation.
In some cases, amputations may also be the result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider breaches their duty to provide appropriate medical care, resulting in harm to the patient.
The Oakes Firm is dedicated to helping injured people and grieving families obtain answers, justice, and full compensation. If you or a loved one have suffered an amputation injury, don’t hesitate to contact us now. We are available 24/7 for a free case consultation to evaluate your potential claims. Learn how an award-winning Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at The Oakes Firm can get you the help you need and the money you deserve.