An accident that results in limb loss or an amputation can have life-changing consequences. In addition to facing expensive bills for ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy, you may be physically incapable of maintaining the job you had before the injury. Your enjoyment of certain activities could also be compromised due to the loss of a limb, and you could face significant pain and emotional distress.
The fact is that a traumatic amputation can alter your life in significant ways. Unfortunately, many lawyers are not equipped or lack the necessary experience to deal with cases that involve such serious injuries. If you are suffering because you lost a limb in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you need to find a Houston attorney who has experience representing victims with this level of personal injury and who has the skill to get you the comprehensive compensation that you deserve.
Information on Limb Loss and Amputations
An amputation is the removal of all or part of a limb such as an arm or a leg. Approximately 1.8 million Americans are living with amputations. The most common type of amputation is the removal of the leg either above or below the knee.
Usually, a limb amputation heals in about four to eight weeks. But adjusting to life without a limb can be a very long process. Physical therapy, counseling and emotional support are all important aspects of gaining independence again after a limb amputation.
Some of the most common causes of traumatic or accidental amputations include:
- Car accidents
- Electrical burns
- Workplace accidents
- Farm accidents
- Accidents involving defective tools or equipment
- Accidents involving mowers, chainsaws and other power tools
- Industrial accidents
- Explosions and fires
- Violent attacks or accidents with guns and other weapons
- Defective amusement park or playground equipment
- Cables or guy wires that snap
- Accidents involving knives, meat cutters and other sharp tools
- Crushing injuries caused by dropped items
Traumatic amputations and the prosthetics used to assist victims pose many risks associated with medical side effects and complications, including:
- Pain and tenderness
- Stiffness related to the injury
- Pain in phantom limbs
- Vascular and circulatory problems
- Skeletal problems
- Back pain
- Future surgeries
- Emotional distress and depression.
A limb amputation can be extremely expensive. The procedure to remove a leg, for instance, can cost more than $20,000. However, that price does not include rehabilitation, physical therapy and any ongoing medical treatments associated with the surgery. If someone else’s negligence was to blame for the accidental limb loss, an injured victim could be entitled to compensation for past and future medical costs and lost wages, as well as for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Contact Traumatic Amputation Accident Lawyer Kevin Krist Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic accident that resulted in limb loss or an amputation in southeast Texas, including Houston, Harris County, Pasadena, Katy, Baytown, Sugar Land, Conroe, and League City, contact Kevin Krist today for a free consultation about your case.
Simply call the Law Office of Kevin Krist at 281-677-3962 or use the firm’s online form. Let Kevin Krist tell you how he can put his personal, proven experience to work for you and your family. Kevin Krist represents personal injury victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees unless he recovers compensation on your claim.