Frequently Asked Questions about Amputation
An amputation is life-changing. If you have been or will soon be amputated as result of an accident, you probably have many questions about your recovery and your future. Below are answers to key questions provided by the experienced amputation attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm. If you have any specific questions about your case, feel free to call us toll-free at (800) 522-7274 for answers. We offer FREE comprehensive case consultations.
Q: My doctor has urged me to undergo an amputation. Will I be able to maintain the same quality of life I had before?
A: Not all amputations are the same. Obviously, having multiple limbs amputated will present more challenges than losing a single limb. Also, some types of amputations are worse than others. For instance, most people would prefer to have their lower extremities rather than their upper extremities amputated, because people rely on their hands for almost everything.
Whatever the case, the unfortunate fact is you will face new difficulties in life due to your amputation.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy a fulfilling, happy life.
Thanks to modern technological improvements, amputees today can lead normal lives and even participate in the activities they enjoyed before their amputation. It’s not unheard of for amputees to play sports and even resume their job duties with help from prosthetics and other medical innovations.
Q: I sustained an amputation due to someone else’s negligence. How can a personal injury lawyer help me get my life back together?
A: If you have sustained an amputation injury in an accident, you may pursue compensation from the liable party for your damages. However, it won’t be as simple as filing a claim and getting the settlement you deserve. Since you are the party asserting the injury claim, also known as the plaintiff, the burden of proving negligence and damages will be on you.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you shed light on your story and impress upon the jury, judge, insurance adjustor, and defense attorney that you are an honest individual deserving of full and fair compensation.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our legal team is comprised of professionals who are skilled negotiators, thorough investigators, and convincing orators who regularly achieve high value settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. We take an out-of-the-box approach in our work as we come up with effective and well supported theories to buttress our clients’ claims and gain as close to a damages windfall in their favor as possible.
Q: What damages may I recover in my amputation case?
A: Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, the following types of compensatory awards may be available to you as a matter of law, but only upon reasonable proof:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future wages and income losses
- Reduction of earnings from disability
- Costs of prosthetics, handicap friendly living accommodations, transport vehicles for amputees, and other state of the art devices and tools
- Past, present, and future physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Q: I want to return to my normal life immediately. Why do I have to wait to get a prosthesis?
A: It’s great that you want to resume an active life, full steam ahead, but it may take months before you’re ready for your first prosthetic fitting.
Amputation is a traumatic experience for the body and mind. You’ll have to go through extensive rehabilitation before you’re physically and mentally prepared to even attempt resuming an independent life. You will also have to acquire the basic skills and knowledge on how to take care of your residual limb and overall health.
Even after you get your first prosthesis, it’s likely to only be a temporary one. As time passes, your residual limb will change in size and shape, and you will have to wait for it to stabilize before getting your permanent prosthesis.
The process may be long and frustrating, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
Since 2007, Wilshire Law Firm has been dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims throughout California. As aggressive legal advocates, we know that you need ample monetary compensation for your losses, and will do everything without our power to help you get it. Nothing can restore your limbs, but you can at least lessen the costs of care and even gain access to the most advanced medical technologies out there by taking legal action. For more information about your rights and best options, contact our offices today.