Grand Junction Amputation Attorneys
How a Traumatic Amputation Can Impact the Rest of Your Life
When a person loses part of their body, the ramifications will last the rest of their life. If another person’s negligence caused that amputation – for example, drunk driving leading to a violent car crash – the person should be held responsible.
An amputation patient will require more than expensive medical care. They will also need a lengthy rehabilitation, along with special prosthetics and retraining. Lost wages will also be a primary concern. Unfortunately, insurance companies are always looking to protect their bottom line, not to help victims.
That’s why you need a personal injury lawyer who knows the Western Slope. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we understand how difficult it is for amputation victims to get their lives back on track, and we’re committed to holding insurance companies accountable. Contact us today at (970) 243-4357 to set up a free consultation where we can review your legal options.
What Is Traumatic Amputation?
A traumatic amputation is defined as the loss of a body part from an accident or an injury. (As opposed to having a limb surgically amputated for health reasons.) A partial amputation is when at least some soft tissue connects the part to the rest of the body; a complete amputation is when the body part has been severed from the body. In either case, depending on the severity of the injury and the amount of time that lapses, it may be possible to reattach the part through surgery.
An amputation will often involve several associated medical problems, such as bleeding, shock, and infection. Beyond the immediate care, victims will face a long recovery, and will probably deal with physical issues, such as nerve damage and other types of pain; and psychological issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and phantom limb pain.
How Common Are Traumatic Amputations?
According to statistics from the Amputee Coalition, there are nearly 2 million people in the United States who have suffered some form of limb loss, not including fingers and toes. Every year, there are more than 185,000 new amputations, of which 45% are the result of an accident or physical trauma. Those injuries lead to hospital costs of more than $8 billion dollars annually.
Limb loss can arise from many kinds of accidents, but it is not surprising that motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of traumatic amputation. In addition, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are at risk of suffering an amputation injury after being struck by a motor vehicle.
The next leading causes of amputation injuries are workplace and agricultural accidents. Workplace amputations frequently take place in factories, workshops, and construction sites, where employees are around heavy machinery and cutting equipment. Agricultural accidents can range from heavy farm equipment accidents, involving tractors, combines, and threshers, to lawnmower accidents.
Other causes of traumatic amputation include firearms, fireworks, explosives, electrocutions, ring traction, and closing doors.
What Type of Compensation Are Victims Entitled To?
When another person or company’s negligence caused your amputation, you are allowed to file a civil lawsuit for compensation. You can ask for economic damages, like your lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses that you incurred with a price tag on them. You can also request noneconomic damages, which are the things that are harder to quantify, like pain and suffering, PTSD, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of use of your limb, and more.
When it comes to workplace injuries, Colorado law entitles victims to workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, this is rarely enough to cover all the expenses you may be facing. To make sure your future is fully protected, you need to have someone advocating on your behalf.
The traumatic amputation attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, are not afraid to take on the biggest insurance companies, and we have the resources and experience to get you the best possible settlement. If someone else’s negligence was involved in your amputation, don’t hesitate to call us at (970) 243-4357 to learn how we can help you.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.