An amputation is one of the most serious and debilitating form of injury we see in personal injury cases. These types of injuries produce immense pain and emotional suffering. An amputee faces the burden of a lifetime of expensive medical treatment and societal stigma. Often the victim's ability to earn a living or enjoy simple, everyday activities as been altered forever.
Approximately 18,500 Americans are injured every year in accidents that are serious enough to require the amputation of a limb. Dismemberment typically refers to the loss of an arm, leg, hand, foot, fingers, or toes. Loss of a limb injuries result in a major loss of function for the victim. These cases are not like whiplash or broken bones.
These types of injuries are on an entirely different level. Serious injury cases require more attention and care when structuring a settlement or arriving at a judgment that will adequately care for your needs for the rest of your life.
The award-winning attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S., are recognized in the Puget Sound legal community as one of the area's most innovative and experienced personal injury law firms. We have represented catastrophic injury victims throughout the state of Washington since 1994 and are dedicated to protecting your interests and handling your case with personal attention, aggressive advocacy, professionalism, and compassion.
Hospital Recovery After An Amputation
Recovering from an amputation can be a very difficult time for an accident victim. The emotional trauma of losing a limb along can take a significant emotional toll on any person, and the process can be physically and emotionally painful.
Most amputation victims spend a significant amount of time recovering in the hospital before returning home and continuing the rehabilitation process. Doctors and nurses will monitor the patient's recovery and ensure that the limb is free of infection, which can only make the issue worse. In fact, approximately 22 percent of patients who have a lower-limb amputated are expected to be readmitted to the hospital for complications within 30 days of the surgery.
Loss of Income After an Amputation
Dismemberment causes permanent disability. The loss of a leg, arm, hand or finger can have a lasting impact on career or work opportunities. Loss of future income is a critical factor when calculating fair and reasonable compensation for amputees.
The inability to work and enjoy your previous life is a significant factor in determining the viability and value of any personal injury claim. If you or a loved one has lost a limb after an accident and are considering legal action, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney who has experience handling these types of injury claims.
Traumatic Amputation Accident Statistics
- Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year.
- There are over 2 million amputees living in the United States.
- Approximately 45 percent of all lost limbs are as a result of a traumatic event or accident.
- 65 percent of all amputations involve the loss of one or more fingers (the most common type of amputation).
- 80 percent of amputees are males.
- Traffic accidents is one of the leading causes of traumatic amputations.
- Work-related accidents (equipment, instruments, cylinders, chain saws, press machines, meat machines, wood machines, etc.) is a leading cause of traumatic amputations.
- It is estimated that one out of every 200 individuals in the United States has had an amputation.
- More than 30,000 traumatic amputations occur every year.
Causes of Amputation Injuries
Amputations occur in extremely serious accidents, many involving a motor vehicle of some sort.
- Car accidents
- Semi truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Train accidents
- Workplace or construction accidents
Free Case Review for Amputation Victims
If you or a loved one has had a limb amputated after an accident due to the negligence of another person or party, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Washington state law permits accident victims to pursue a personal injury claim in order to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Our attorneys have helped accident victims navigate the legal process and recover fair compensation for more than 20 years. Call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to have your case reviewed by our award-winning attorneys. We will schedule you for a free legal consultation if we believe we can improve the value and chances of a successful resolution to your case.