Recent statistics show that more than 185,000 people have a limb amputated each year in the U.S. Although cancer and other medical conditions may require amputation as part of normal treatment, serious accidents and/or medical negligence may also cause loss of limb. If the negligent actions of others caused your accident, then you may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
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Amputation injuries are permanently disabling and often necessitate prosthetics, home modifications, occupational therapy, and specialized medical equipment. Amputees frequently require therapy to learn how to cope with feelings of grief, denial, anger, loss, and uncertainty. These expenses combined with wage loss can cause a significant financial burden to you and your family.
At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, our attorneys have been helping individuals with their catastrophic amputation injuries for more than three decades. If an accident resulted in the loss of your limb, then an amputation injury lawyer at our law firm can investigate the circumstances to find all liable parties. We will evaluate the impact your injury has had on your life, and we will fight for full and fair compensation on your behalf.
In a serious accident, a limb may be caught or crushed, causing an immediate amputation or inflicting such extensive damage that amputation is the only medical option. Some of the most common amputation causes include:
If you lost a limb as a result of an accident of any kind, then you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
A catastrophic personal injury, such as an amputation, imposes enormous financial and emotional costs on victims and their families. In addition to the initial costs of medical treatments, amputees often require many services and resources that can include:
The loss one or more limbs may also make finding or returning to work difficult or impossible, causing wage loss and financial difficulty.
If your amputation injury was caused by the negligent actions of other parties, then you may be able to recover compensation that can help aid in your recovery. A personal injury lawsuit could help cover the costs of medical bills, therapy and home modifications, among other expenses, and can compensate you further for your pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Contact an amputation injury lawyer at our law firm today to being exploring your legal options.
At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, we take cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us fees unless we secure compensation for you or your loved one. Our law firm accepts catastrophic personal injury cases in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and other states. For a free consultation, call (202) 960-4596 or fill out our online case review form.
An amputation is a surgery that removes either part of or all of a limb. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the most common types of amputations include:
If you suffered a catastrophic injury at work, then you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits will pay for any medical treatment and supplies you need for your amputation injury. This includes surgery, physical therapy, prosthetic devices, and medical devices such as a wheelchair.
If you are unable to work after the accident, you will receive temporary or permanent disability benefits. These benefits are meant to pay a portion of your wages as you recover from your accident. Depending on the limb that was lost, you will receive benefits for a specific number of weeks. For example, if you lost a hand, you will receive up to 244 weeks of compensation.
If your traumatic amputation was caused by a third party, you can also file a third-party claim against that individual or business. For example, if you lost your hand in a defective machine while on the job, not only can you file for workers’ compensation but you can file a defective product claim against the manufacturer. It’s best to speak with experienced amputation injury attorneys to help you with your claim.
If someone’s reckless or careless actions caused you to lose a limb, you have the right to file an amputation injury lawsuit against that individual or business. However, catastrophic injury cases are always complex. And the last thing you need during a time when you should be concentrating on the recovery process is to worry about the expenses.
By hiring a loss of limb injury lawyer in Washington, DC, you will have someone to help you get the compensation you deserve. During your first consultation, our amputation injury lawyers will sit down with you and listen to your story. Once we take you on as a client, we will start gathering the evidence needed to prove who caused your accident. We’ll also speak with experts and witnesses to get a better understanding of what happened.
We can also provide a rough estimate of how much your claim is worth, which takes into account any future expenses you may be facing, such as future surgeries, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. We can then start negotiating with the insurance company to make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation for your serious injury. If we cannot get a satisfactory settlement from the insurance company, we are prepared to go to trial.
There are two main types of damages available in a traumatic amputation injury claim: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are meant to compensate you for any monetary losses you may have. This includes but is not limited to medical expenses, both current and future lost wages, and property damage.
Non-economic damages refer to any losses you sustained that don’t have a monetary value attached to them. This includes pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment, and mental anguish.
In rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the behavior of those responsible for your injury.
In most instances, you have three years to file a personal injury claim in Washington, DC, and Maryland; in Virginia, it is two years. Even though this may seem a long time, a lot needs to happen in that time period. Many times, memories fade and evidence disappears shortly after the accident. So the sooner you hire a personal injury lawyer for your claim, the more likely your case will be successful.
If you suffered a traumatic amputation and need legal help anyway in the DC Metro area, Regan Zambri Long PLLC is ready to take your call. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.