Amputations are catastrophic injuries that can have lasting consequences both physically and emotionally. The typical recovery from an amputation requires lengthy rehabilitation that can be both physically demanding and extremely costly. As you deal with the new reality of losing an extremity and the challenges it will bring, you need a strong advocate who can help you recover the compensation needed to provide security for your future.
While there can be many causes for the loss of a limb or an amputation, a large number of amputation injuries are attributed to events such as motorcycle crashes, car accidents, bicycle accidents, or work-related accidents such as construction site accidents.
According to Amputee Coalition of America, it is estimated that there are over 185,000 new amputations of lower extremities each year in the Unites States alone!
It is further estimated that among the amputations that occur each year, approximately 45% are attributed to trauma, while another 54% are due to conditions such as vascular disease and diabetes.
In 2012 alone, Massachusetts hospitals reported 2,732 amputations due to various reasons or medical conditions. Out of those amputations, approximately 5.4 percent involved upper limb amputations while the remaining 93 percent involved amputation of a lower limb.
The financial burden of an amputation can be substantial with costs including hospitalization, outpatient care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and purchase of a prosthetic device estimated to be over $95,000 just in the first two years. Lifetime costs for amputations involving a lower limb are estimated to be up to $500,000 or more.Recovering Compensation for an Amputation Injury
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury involving or requiring the amputation of an upper or lower limb you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries including:
- Compensation for any past and future medical expenses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Compensation for any loss of earning capacity or loss of future earnings
- Compensation for emotional distress
As with any legal case, there are important steps that must be taken in order to preserve your legal rights and therefore, it is important that you contact a Massachusetts personal injury attorney who can take action to preserve crucial evidence and begin to prosecute a civil action on your behalf. The reality is that most civil claims are settled in advance of any trial; however, when serious damages are possible, insurance carriers and defendants will go to great lengths to undermine and fight off any potential liability. The amputation injury lawyers at Curran & Desharnais in Weymouth handle serious and catastrophic injury cases all over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including Boston, Norfolk County, Middlesex County, Plymouth County, Worcester County, Bristol County and else ware.
The personal injury attorneys at Curran & Desharnais will take immediate steps to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding you injury and will take action to locate the evidence needed to win your case either at trial, mediation, arbitration or through a settlement.
Contact a Boston Massachusetts amputation injury attorney at Curran & Desharnais, P.C., today at 781-277-3262 to discuss your legal rights and learn what options may be available to you.
Our consultation is always FREE and we will not receive any compensation unless we are able to win your case in court or secure a favorable settlement or award on your behalf.