Maderal Byrne & Furst PLLC can assist you in a legal claim involving traumatic amputation. Our Coral Gables amputation injury lawyers go above and beyond to achieve justice for you. Let us represent you in a compensation claim for a lost limb.
Our injury lawyers handle amputation cases throughout the city of Coral Gables. Call us to talk to a lawyer today.
Amputation Injury Legal Claims
If you have suffered a traumatic amputation, you may receive compensation. Another party may be legally to blame for what happened whether you were injured in a car accident, because of a dangerous product, or as the result of a dangerous condition on a property.
Amputation injury claims are legally complex. Victims often have medical complications. They endure life-changing disfigurement. The law firm of Maderal Byrne & Furst is equipped to handle these challenges, seeking compensation for amputation victims.
Types of Accidents that Result in Amputation
Traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part because of trauma. It is the unexpected loss of a limb because of force. Examples of cases with amputation injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating incidents
- Defective product malfunction
- Falls, slip and fall accidents
- Crushing injury, stuck-between injury
- Recreation and amusement injuries
Do I have a claim for compensation for an amputation injury?
To have a case, your injury must be the legal fault of another party. Legal fault is most often based on negligence, but other legal standards may apply. There must be causation between the legal fault of the responsible party and the resulting amputation. If you have an amputation, you most certainly have damages.
Extremities that May Be Lost in Amputation
- Toes – tarsals and metatarsals
- Foot – including at the ankle
- Leg – above or below the knee
- Fingers – including phalanges
- Hand – metacarpal removal up to the wrist
- Arms – at or above the elbow
Secondary effects of amputation
In addition to the initial harm of losing a limb, amputees often face secondary harm. Examples of harm may include:
- Infection, which can occur despite diligent cleaning
- Phantom limb, pain
- Oedema, fluid retention and swelling, contributing to pain and stiffness
- Hematoma, or the collection of blood in the affected area, additional surgery may be required
- Contracture, from the limb being in a flexed position for prolonged periods, limiting mobility
- Tissue necrosis, the dying off of tissue near the amputation, may result from infection
- Wound dehiscence, tearing or separating at the site of the amputation
- Muscle weakness, instability of the joint
- Skin blisters, caused by friction
- Prosthetic pain
- Complex regional pain, neuropathic pain
- Increased patient morbidity
In amputation care, the course of treatment significantly depends on personal characteristics — the age and health status of the victim, their preferences for treatment and the likely prognosis of various courses of action. Complications that are the result of the original injury may be part of the claim for compensation.
Damages in an Amputation Legal Claim
An amputee may claim a range of economic and non-economic damages. Damages are specific to their losses, including medical expenses and the intangible ways that their life has been harmed. Some of the unique damages that may be included in an amputation claim are:
- Rehabilitation, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
- Prosthetic limbs, cosmetic limbs
- Addressing secondary harm and the cost of treatment
- Pain management
- Mental health care
- Loss of lifestyle
- Mobility support
- The need for ongoing medical care and updated medical equipment over time
An amputation is one of the most life-changing injuries that a person can sustain. Damages should rightfully reflect what the victim has endured. In addition, the amount of compensation received will reflect the strength of the legal claim, the ability of the responsible party to pay damages, and the victim’s wishes for how to proceed through litigation.
As amputation injury lawyers serving Coral Gables, we explore all opportunities for our clients to receive compensation for their damages. When an amputation injury changes your life, you deserve the legal team that has led billion-dollar litigations and obtained record setting results. Contact us to talk about your situation and start your case.
Legal Issues in Amputation Claims
Highly contested claims
Because an amputation is a severe injury, compensation amounts tend to be high (although each case is determined individually). With large dollar amounts involved, defendants tend to aggressively fight claims involving amputation. You can have an amputation injury lawyer fight for every dollar you deserve.
Even in the best circumstances, an amputation victim is likely to have future medical expenses. These expenses can be claimed, but they must be supported with evidence. Our lawyers can help you receive the appropriate medical evaluations to sustain a future damages claim.
Disfigurement and disability
An amputation injury changes a person’s appearance. It may also significantly change their life. Loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement and disability can all be claimed. The victim must explain how their life has changed. Our lawyers build this evidence as part of a case.
Mental health injuries
Victims of traumatic amputation are likely to also sustain mental health injury. They deserve to be fairly compensated for the cost of having their mental health injuries diagnosed and treated. We understand the importance of mental health following an amputation. We make sure your claim doesn’t miss this important category of damages.
Many amputees will experience a change or limitation in their earning capacity. Maybe they can no longer do the job they used to do. Their entire career path may change. Including these damages in a claim requires evidence of how injuries impact the person’s income both immediately following the injury and in the future.
Talk to a Lawyer for Amputation Injuries in Coral Gables
If you have suffered a traumatic amputation, we invite you to speak with a skilled, local lawyer. The Maderal Byrne & Furst legal team handles amputation injury cases like yours, capably addressing the legal and factual issues that make a claim a success.
Call or message us for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.