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Catastrophic Personal Injury: Legal Options for the Loss of Limbs

By Saunders Law Group on July 04, 2017


A man wearing a prosthetic legThe lawyers at Saunders Law Group have helped countless injury victims in Winter Haven and Polk County. We know that catastrophic accidents can be life changing, which is why we take all cases that come to us seriously. If you or a loved one requires help with various matters that involve personal injury law, we can offer expert guidance and counsel.

Some of the most severe kinds of accidents result in the loss of a limb or the loss of use of a limb. These kinds of injuries can have tragic and lifelong repercussions, impacting a person's quality of life and livelihood. We'd like to take a moment to consider these kinds of accidents and how an attorney can help in these matters.

Accidents That Can Lead to the Loss of a Limb

All kinds of accidents can lead to the loss of a limb or the impaired use of a limb. These kinds of injuries are common in severe auto accidents. An arm of leg may be amputated, or seriously crushed. Work injuries are another potential cause of the loss of a limb, particularly for people who work in construction or industrial jobs. It's also possible for someone to lose a limb or the loss of use of a limb because of medical mistakes. A surgical mistake can lead to a limb accidentally being severed, or to nerve damage that impairs the loss of a limb.

Medical Expenses and Physical Therapy

The loss of a limb typically means major medical expenses that can pile up. The cost of emergency care tends to surprise people when they get the bill. In addition, the need for multiple surgeries and for physical therapy can lead to more medical expenses.

Use of a Prosthetic Limb

It's sometimes possible for people who've lost a limb to wear a prosthetic limb. The use of a prosthetic limb can restore some of a person's ability to accomplish everyday tasks, but this can take some getting used to. These prosthetic can also be expensive depending on how sophisticated they are.

Changes to Your Life and Livelihood

The loss of a limb changes the way you go about your day. Simple tasks you may have taken for granted can become quite difficult, such as preparing meals, getting dressed, and cleaning around the home. Playing with children can be a challenge, as can playing sports and engaging in various recreational activities.

In your professional life, a missing limb or an impaired limb may mean the need for a career change. You may have to start a new career because of the loss of a limb, which means additional training and possible lower wages as you work your way up starting from square one.

Legal Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases

If the loss of your limb was the result of another person's negligence, it's important that they be held legally accountable. An attorney can help you seek compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages will cover the actual losses associated with the catastrophic injury, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and physical therapy. Punitive damages will punish the negligent party for their actions, with monetary awards sought on top of compensatory damages.

Speak with Our Team of Personal Injury Lawyers

For more information about your legal rights and options following a catastrophic injury, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers at Saunders Law Group will provide expert legal counsel throughout your case.

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