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Considerations for Personal Injury Cases Involving Amputation

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Harris County Catastrophic Injury AttorneyThe use of our arms, legs, hands, and feet is something most people rarely think about until an injury limits the use of the limb. Individuals who have lost a limb or other body part due to a car crash, work accident, or botched medical procedure know just how devastating it can be. Amputees must deal with excruciating pain and difficulty while they learn to navigate life without the affected body part. They often suffer profound psychological damage as a result of the amputation as well.

If you or a loved one had a limb amputated in an incident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Because catastrophic injuries like amputations have such a deep effect on the amputee’s life, financial compensation in an amputation case may be substantial.

The Psychological Effects of the Amputation or Limb Loss Can Be Profound

Losing a limb causes usually forces someone to completely change their life. The amputee may not be able to walk, drive a car, enjoy hobbies, or complete the daily activities they used to do with ease. Many people who lost a limb are unable to work following the amputation.

To add to this stress, many amputation victims are plagued by staring and other rude behavior from others. Understandably, this can have a massive impact on the amputee’s life. Many people who had a limb amputated experience psychological problems like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – especially if the amputation was caused by a traumatic motor vehicle crash. Compensation from a personal injury claim cannot erase this psychological suffering. However, a personal injury claim may enable the individual to get the specialized psychological care he or she needs.

Medical Bills Can Be Enormous

Amputations are often the result of severe motor vehicle accidents or work accidents involving heavy machinery. In situations like this, surgery is usually required to amputate the limb in a way that promotes healing and allows for a prosthesis. The cost of the hospital stay, surgery, and medication alone can be substantial. Rehabilitative care like physical therapy and prosthetics only adds to this expense.

Personal Injury Claims Involving Amputation Are Complex

Getting the financial compensation, you need for medical bills and other damages after an amputation can be complicated and frustrating. Whether the at-fault party is a medical provider, negligent driver, or your employer, the battle to recover damages will likely be long and arduous. This is why it is important to work with an attorney who will fight for you and stand up for your rights.

Contact a Houston Personal Injury Attorney

The knowledgeable Texas injury and workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec represent injured clients in catastrophic injury cases, including amputation cases. Call our office at 281-643-2000 for a free consultation.

 

Source:  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5248418/

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