Amputation Injuries FAQ in Auto Accidents
In the United States, approximately 1 in 200 people has had an amputation, according to the National Limb Loss Information Center. Auto accidents are among the top causes of “traumatic amputations,” or the loss of a limb or digit in an accident.
While the metal body of a vehicle primarily serves as a protective barrier for passengers, they can turn harmful in a serious crash, cutting or even crushing body parts. Sometimes, the damage can be so great as to make reconstruction. In such cases, surgical amputation may be required to prevent further damage or to save the victim’s life.
Unlike cuts and broken bones, amputations cannot be healed or reversed. Because of this, they almost always change the lives of those who undergo them. When a person sustains a traumatic amputation, he or she may be affected in the following ways:
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of ability to perform job duties due to the loss of an essential digit or limb
- Loss of ability to perform daily tasks
- Residual pain that originates in the remaining part of the limb
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety
An amputation can result in extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, the costs of which can be exorbitant. In more severe cases, the victims may lose out on a lifetime of potential earnings, and even have their whole home retrofitted so they can carry out daily tasks independently or with minimal assistance. The total damages can reach staggering amounts – it’s not uncommon for traumatic amputation cases to involve millions of dollars in recovery.
Have you suffered an amputation as a result of any of the following scenarios?
- Car collision
- Pedestrian accident
- Motorcycle crash
- Bus accident
- Truck accident
If so, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. However, you probably won’t get the full and fair compensation you deserve without a fight.
Don’t let the insurance company bully you into an unfair settlement. Contact Wilshire Law Firm today and we will develop a solid case that details your current and projected expenses and financial needs. Then we will leverage this information in negotiations with the insurance company to net you a much higher settlement than initially offered. If negotiations fail, however, our aggressive trial lawyers are willing to take matters to court. Whatever it takes, we will secure you a better future.
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