Chicago Amputation Lawyers
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident that resulted in an amputation of a limb, whether finger, hand, arm, foot, or leg, you know how life-changing such an injury is. Not only do you suffer from pain and disability, the emotional loss can be overwhelming. Additionally, medical costs for such a significant injury can be staggering.
After suffering from a traumatic amputation, you need strong legal representation to help you collect the maximum possible monetary recovery from the person or entity whose negligence was the cause of your loss. At the Blumenshine Law Group, our Chicago amputation lawyers have decades of experience in helping victims of traumatic amputations to get the compensation to which they are entitled.
Overview of Amputations
Every year in the U.S., more than 90,000 people suffer from a traumatic amputation. In addition, there are some who need surgical amputations due to an infection following an injury. Some amputations are medically necessary due to untreated or mistreated medical conditions. The total number of amputations for all reasons is about 185,000 annually.
Consequences of amputation:
- Surgery or surgeries. Typically the injury or condition that leads to amputation requires surgical intervention. In many cases, multiple surgeries are required.
- Hospital stays. Rare is the amputation victim that avoids hospitalization.
- Careful medical monitoring to avoid or control infections.
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy that may be ongoing for a long time to assist and person in regaining strength, range of motion, balance and some function.
- Expensive artificial limbs (prosthetics) that may have to be periodically replaced approximately every two to five years.
- Vocational retraining. Many amputees are unable to return to their former occupation or career.
- Adaptations and modifications to the housing facilities to make them more functional to the amputee.
In addition to the quantifiable costs, those who undergo amputations suffer from a deep sense of loss. They go through a grieving process and many victims suffer from long-lasting depression. Most amputees also suffer from debilitating phantom pain, which is pain or sensation in the missing limb. They may feel itching or cramping as though the limb is still attached.
Common Types of Amputation Causing Accidents
Any type of accident can result in an amputation, but the following are the most common ones.
- Workplace accidents. In 2015, the most recent year for which there are statistics, nearly 3,000 people suffered an amputation at work. According to a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most of those hazards that resulted in these traumatic injuries are “well-understood and easily prevented.” The manufacturing industry accounted for 57 percent of all workplace amputations. Also high-risk occupations for accidents causing amputation are the construction industry, transportation and warehousing, followed by gas oil and gas extraction jobs. Factories that do metal forming, wood cutting and tool and die process are often the site of such amputation injuries.
- Any vehicular accident. This includes trucks, cars, boats, motorcycles, buses, or bicycles.
- Pedestrian accidents. The vulnerability of pedestrians, who have virtually no protection against accidents, make them prime candidates for severe injuries, such as an amputations. The amputation may occur at the time of the accident, or be required later if an injury to a limb is so severe that efforts to save it fail.
- Medical malpractice. This can be from a failure to properly diagnose and treat a medical condition, a failure to recognize the risk of infection to an injured limb resulting in improper or inadequate treatment to save the limb, and a number of other reasons resulting in an amputation that could have been prevented.
- Malfunction of a defective product.
Compensation for Your Loss – Amputation Lawyers
This is a very difficult time for you, both physically and emotionally. Your future is uncertain. Although no amount of money can restore your limb or your life exactly the way it was before your loss, the law provides a way for you to be financially compensated if your injury was due to the negligence of another. Damages which you may be able to collect include:
- Your medical expenses, both the ones you currently have incurred plus any you are expected to incur in the future, including physical and mental therapy, costs of medications, and any other medical care-related expense.
- Loss of income and future earning capacity if you are unable to return to work or if you have to change careers.
- Cost of prosthetics.
- Compensation for your pain and suffering.
- Loss of your enjoyment of life if you are unable to participate in activities you previously enjoyed.
- Housekeeping and similar expenses you will now have due to the loss of your limb.
- Modifications you must make to your home so that you can navigate and have as much independence as possible so that you can take care of yourself.
Our attorneys at the Blumenshine Law Group have the compassion and experience you need to have on your side during this emotionally trying time of your life. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation.