The amputation of a limb, hand, or foot is permanently disfiguring and substantially life-altering. After experiencing an injury of this magnitude, it can be difficult to get back to a sense of normality. This is especially true if the accident that caused the amputation was the result of someone else’s negligence. You may feel driven to pursue justice in court, with good reason.
At Hobbs Law Group, we understand that the anger, grief, and financial stress induced by a catastrophic injury can feel overwhelming. A compassionate and skilled Los Angeles amputation lawyer at our firm can help you secure the much-needed compensation necessary to care for yourself and your family moving forward.
Damages available for amputation victims
When you consult a personal injury lawyer at Hobbs Law Group, we will thoroughly review your case to determine what damages may be available to you. In general, amputation victims may pursue economic damages for their:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses (including durable medical equipment, home health aides, home modifications, and therapy)
- Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage (e.g., damage to a vehicle in a car accident)
Amputation victims can also expect to recover non-economic damages. These include compensation for their severe pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Because of the severity and permanence of an amputation injury, it’s not uncommon for verdicts and settlements to be quite substantial. For instance, in 2016, a California man was awarded $46 million in damages after he suffered the amputation of his left leg in an accident with a delivery driver.
Another case involving a ski lift maintenance supervisor in San Bernardino, California, resulted in a $30.8 million verdict. That plaintiff suffered the traumatic amputation of both legs in an accident caused by the lift owner’s negligence and violation of safety standards.
Common causes of amputation
There are two main types of amputation: traumatic and non-traumatic. Non-traumatic amputations are planned, surgical procedures that are often attributable to diseases such as diabetes and severe infections. Surgical amputation may also be necessary after a traumatic event, such as an auto crash or blast injury.
In contrast, traumatic amputations do not occur in a hospital setting, and they are always the result of an accident or act of violence. For example, an accident involving a big rig may shear off a victim’s hand, foot, or limb. Traumatic amputations may also be caused by accidents involving industrial, agricultural, or construction equipment. In some cases, these may be attributable to the negligence of the site manager or employer.
An amputation injury lawyer at Hobbs Law Group will diligently investigate your case to determine who may be at fault for your catastrophic injury.
Possible complications of amputation
Victims often suffer from severe psychological challenges as they struggle to adapt to their post-amputation life. A lengthy hospitalization is to be expected, as patients must be carefully monitored during the recovery process. Complications are not uncommon and may include the following:
- Lingering swelling
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) blood clots
- Heart attack
- Slow wound healing
- Wound site infections
- Phantom limb pain
The attorneys at Hobbs Law Group empathize with your struggles. We recommend keeping detailed notes about your injury, treatments, and recovery process. When working with a personal injury attorney in a civil case pursuing monetary damages, these can be helpful for securing maximum compensation for your losses.
Schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury law firm
If you lost a body part in an accident, the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Hobbs Law Group invite you to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss options for pursuing legal recourse. We have a long track record of successfully securing large verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injured clients. Based in Claremont, CA, we proudly serve residents throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. Amputation patients and their families will find our team to be compassionate, client-focused professionals.