Amputation injuries can be caused by illness or a traumatic injury. In the event of an amputation being the result of an injury, the situation should be treated like any personal injury situation.
What to Do After an Amputation Injury
An injury that leads to an amputation can be caused by a car accident, a workplace accident, an environmental accident, an accident during a medical procedure, or countless other ways.
After any injury it is important to assess injuries first and seek the proper medical attention. Once medical needs are being cared to it is then important to document the situation surrounding the event. Documenting the incident can include:
- Getting the police to file a police report
- Getting statements from eye witnesses
- Taking careful notes of the incident as soon after it happens as possible
- Photographing any important future evidence to determine cause
- Following up with witnesses to make sure you have their correct contact information
Determining If You Should Consult an Attorney
The primary reason you might require the services of a lawyer would be to get proper compensation. An attorney is also helpful in taking care of the technical aspects of legal matters related to your amputation injury case.
A law firm, through reputation and history, can convince insurance agencies and other negligent parties to pay out a larger settlement than they would pay out to a single individual. An attorney can also get an insurance company to pay out a settlement they were trying to withhold.
An attorney will initially be trying to determine if your case requires their services. What they are mostly looking for is causes for monetary compensation related to the amputation. Examples of these include:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Loss of life enjoyment of you and your loved ones
- Mental anguish
If these categories do reflect your experience with your amputation then you should definitely consult a lawyer as they will be able to get you the fair compensation that you deserve.
Amputation Lawyer Costs and Fees
Most personal injury law firms, like The Ryan Law Group, will handle your case on a contingency basis. This means that they do not ask for any fees unless you win your case or negotiate a settlement. The fee will then usually be a percent of the settlement or verdict. This fee is agreed upon at the beginning of your engagement with the law firm.
The law firm is also well versed in helping to find ways to continue to pay medical costs that you can’t afford while the case is in progress. There are usually options to have your costs taken care of in anticipation of a favorable outcome.
Below are some examples of amputation injury related cases in California.
Amputation Injury Cases
ALAN CASILLAS vs. LANDSTAR RANGER INC.; FRANCISCO AZURDIA
The plaintiff was waiting on the corner when a big rig driven by the defendant drove up on the sidewalk and ran over the plaintiff's leg. Because of the incident the leg was amputated below the knee. The jury found in favor of negligence and within their award almost $28M of it was for non-economic damages.
Jane Doe v. Alameda-Contra Costa County Transit
When boarding a city bus the plaintiff was attempting to sit down when the driver began moving which caused the plaintiff to fall. The injury from the fall developed complications and an amputation was eventually performed. The case was settled.
HALL v. RGW CONSTRUCTION
The plaintiff was struck by a beam that was being loaded by the defendant’s employee. The argument was against negligent placement of the beam and improper training of the employee. The plaintiff’s injuries caused an above the knee amputation on one leg and partial amputation of his other foot.