Amputation involves surgical removal of all or part of a limb or extremity. In many cases, the amputation becomes necessary due to a serious injury from an accident. For example, if a body's cells in a leg or arm cannot secure enough oxygen, tissue may be infected and require surgical intervention. If you require an amputation as a result of someone else's negligence, the experienced Memphis catastrophic injury attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to represent you in a lawsuit to recover your economic and noneconomic losses resulting from the incident.Establishing Liability for Traumatic and Surgical Amputations
Traumatic amputation can happen as the result of an accident, resulting in the loss of a limb or other body part. Surgical amputation after a traumatic injury may require a hospital stay of multiple weeks or even months. In unfortunate cases, there may be complications including bleeding, shock, or infection. It is crucial to obtain knowledgeable medical care. It may also be necessary to obtain and fit a functional prosthesis, such as a prosthetic hand or leg. Often, rehabilitative therapy is necessary. Sometimes there is lingering pain in the area where the limb was, which is known as phantom limb pain. There may also be crushed body tissue and severe pain or bleeding.
Amputations are expensive medical procedures, and in many cases personal injury lawsuits are the only way to recover your losses. While these damages may not actually repair your limb or extremity, they can help the quality of your life by helping you obtain needed medical equipment to assist with mobility. In most cases you will need to prove negligence. For example, if your arm is pinned in an accident with a commercial truck making a wide turn, you will need to show that the truck driver failed to use reasonable care in making the turn and that this failure caused your injuries. You may also be able to establish the trucking company's negligence in failing to adequately train the driver in making these challenging wide turns.
Compensation for damages may include medical expenses, therapy expenses, permanent disability, lost wages, lost earning capacity, disfigurement, scars, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, household services, and loss of enjoyment of life.
When you lose a limb and need to learn to use a prosthesis, you may require extensive medical services, all of which cost money. You may need help performing household services that you were previously able to do yourself, such as cleaning or vacuuming the house. If you were previously the primary caregiver for your children, you may need childcare help due to difficulties picking up your children. It is common for people who suffer amputations to experience not only physical pain, but also significant emotional distress. Even intangible losses can be quantified and recovered in a lawsuit.Consult a Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Memphis
If you experience an amputation as a result of a car accident or other type of accident in Tennessee or nearby states, you should retain an experienced Memphis attorney to handle your injury claim. Our firm will take the time to explore the full impact of this injury and help you recover the damages you deserve. We employ over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members. We serve clients throughout the South in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Missouri including in Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Meridian, Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Haiti, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, and Caruthersville. Please call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 1-800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form. NST is the way to go.