Amputation represents an extreme response to a life-threatening condition whether caused by sudden trauma or by illness. By definition, amputation is always a permanent injury and in some situations it can imply a major disability or quality of life adjustment. Because of the deep psychological impact that the loss of a limb can cause, the consideration of personal injury damages in an amputation case should not end with the physical injury alone. If you or a family member have suffered an injury that has required or will require an amputation, contact the personal injury lawyers at Kenney & Conley today to learn about our comprehensive approach to the negotiation or trial of cases that involve amputation.
Amputation is a procedure not approached lightly. Electing amputation is a significant decision between the victim and their family with consequences that extend far beyond the operating room. Therapy and recovery in amputation cases may weeks, months or even longer. Beyond medical expenses, amputation may result in an inability to continue prior employment or may impact the victim’s quality of living indefinitely. The attorneys at Kenney & Conley will consider these and other factors when preparing your personal injury case in order to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible.
Accidents That Lead to Amputation
There is no fixed guideline for the types of accidents that result in amputation. Accidents of many different types and circumstances could potentially result in an injury requiring amputation. In our experience, amputation is an infrequent but major element of the damages claim in personal injury litigation involving accidents such as the following:
- Semi truck accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Crushing injuries suffered on the job in heavy equipment accidents or warehouse accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Surgical negligence
- Improper diagnosis of illness or infection
- Complications of burn injuries suffered in a fire or explosion
Although the technology associated with prosthetic devices continues to improve, thus alleviating some of the daily inconvenience and discomfort experienced by amputees, no effective technological approach has been found to prevent the phenomenon known as phantom pain, or the psychological challenges faced by people who must adapt to a new body image and set of physical capacities. Our experienced attorneys will consider phantom pain and other potential complications in your case, positioning you and your family to receive the compensation that you deserve. Our priority is to provide you with the best possible service and the best possible results.