Nearly 2 million Americans are living with limb loss and, according to the Amputee Coalition, about 45 percent of amputations are caused by trauma (as opposed to a medical condition). Many of these traumatic amputations are the result of accidents caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Anyone who loses a limb in this fashion deserves full compensation for the loss.
Severely injured people in Southern California turn to Broadway Law Firm. With decades of personal injury litigation experience, our Los Angeles attorneys understand how to win complex cases, including amputation injury claims. Our trial lawyers are skilled in explaining the physical, emotional and financial challenges you face because of limb loss, and we explain it in terms the jury can understand. Our approach has helped us recover millions of dollars for clients who have lost limbs or suffered other catastrophic injuries. We can help you, too.
Types of Amputations
Traumatic amputations – those caused by accidents – occur in different places on the body and have different effects. Doctors will classify the it is either complete or partial. In a partial, pieces of muscle or bone may keep the limb connected to the body, or only part of an extremity may have been lost. A complete means the body part is totally separated from the rest of the body.
There are more than a dozen categories of amputation. Some of the most common include:
- Trans-tibial amputation – Below-the-knee amputation, preserving the knee joint.
- Knee disarticulation – Amputation of the entire lower leg and knee joint.
- Trans-femoral amputation – Amputation somewhere between the hip and knee; the victim retains use of the hip.
- Hip disarticulation – Removal of the entire leg, including the femur. Part of the hip joint may be left intact.
- Trans-radial amputation – Amputation of the hand, wrist and forearm, leaving the elbow intact.
- Elbow disarticulation – Amputation at the elbow joint.
- Trans-humeral amputation – Between the elbow and shoulder joints.
- Wrist disarticulation – The hand and wrist joint are removed.
Common Causes of Limb Loss/Traumatic Amputation
Our Los Angeles lawyers have helped clients whose lives were forever changed by an amputation resulting from:
- Motor vehicle accidents including car accidents, truck crashes, motorcycle crashes and more.
- Workplace accidents involving machinery, vehicles, burns and other occupational hazards.
- Electric shock occurring at home or at a business/place of employment
- Defective products such as power tools, kitchen equipment and more.
Damages for Amputation-Related Losses
Using testimony from medical experts, occupational experts, and financial experts, we will paint a picture of what your life will look like without your limb. In pursuing damages, we will include items such as emergency care, ongoing rehab, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, medication, long-term care, prosthetics, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and all other damages resulting from your injury.
Contact a Los Angeles Attorney Experienced in Lost Limb Cases
Broadway Law Firm’s lawyers will treat you compassionately while litigating your case aggressively. To discuss your potential claim with one of our Los Angeles attorneys, please call 213.354.7129 or email us. There is no charge for your first consultation.