Loss of Limb / Amputation Accidents in Missouri or Kansas
Amputations or the loss of a limb is a devastating injury. Victims often suffer immense physical pain and suffering, in addition to mental and emotional anguish. A personal injury case involving amputations needs to be handled differently from other types of personal injury cases. An experienced Kansas City accident attorney can help you take the steps necessary to protect your legal right to hold the party or parties responsible for your injury accountable for their actions.
How Do Amputation Accidents Occur?
Amputations can occur because of a variety of conditions. A person may lose a limb because of a disease or infection that makes it necessary to remove the limb. Injuries may sometimes result in the loss of a limb, either during an accident or result in the removal of the limb after the accident.
Common types of accidents that might result in a loss of limb or amputation include, but are not limited to:
- Car Crashes
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Accidents Involving Dangerous or Defective Products
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Medical Errors and Negligence
- Bicycle Accidents
- Work-related Accidents
- Animal or Dog Attacks
- Construction Site or Factory Accidents
- Recreational and Sports Activities
If another party caused the accident, that party could be held liable for the expenses and damages caused by the accident. The treatment for amputations can be significant.
Treatment for Loss of Limbs and Amputations
The treatment for amputations involves treating the physical and emotional needs of the patient. The first goal is to help improve wound healing and avoid infection. A patient may spend weeks or months in a hospital and rehabilitation facility while recovering from an amputation.
A patient often requires intense and long-term physical and occupational therapy to learn how to function without a limb and reach maximum independence in performing activities of daily living (ADLs).
In conjunction with physical and occupational therapy, most patients also require counseling and therapy to learn to deal with the emotional trauma of losing a limb. There is a period of grieving that many patients experience before they can begin to readjust to life as an amputee.
Additionally, patients may require special medical devices and modifications to their homes for functionality, safety, mobility, and accessibility. Families may also require assistance and counseling to learn how to support and assist an amputee.
What Compensation Can You Receive for Loss of Limb or Amputation?
Injury claims involving loss of limbs or amputations are serious cases because these types of accident injuries result in lifelong impairments. Accident victims who lose a limb deserve to be compensated fully and fairly for their pain, suffering, loss of quality of life, and financial losses.
Damages that are commonly included in personal injury cases involving amputation or loss of limb include:
- The cost of initial medical care for the loss of the limb, including surgeries and hospitalizations.
- The cost of physical therapy, occupational, therapy, and counseling, including residing in a rehabilitation facility or assisted-living facility while receiving therapy.
- Cost of medical equipment, prosthetics, and modifications to vehicles and homes.
- Expenses related to personal care and assistance during and after recovery.
- Loss of income, including future loss of compensation and loss of earning potential.
- Pain and suffering, including phantom limb pain and physical, emotional, and mental anguish and suffering.
- Scarring, disfigurement, and permanent impairment.
- Loss of quality of life, independence, and enjoyment of life.
Your claim is unique. You might have additional damages that can be included in a personal injury claim related to a loss of limb or amputation.
How Our Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
The value of an amputation injury claim can total millions of dollars, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. It is crucial that you consult an experienced Kansas City personal injury attorney before accepting a settlement for your injury claim.
An attorney not only investigates the accident to determine all liable parties. The attorney also investigates all avenues of potential compensation to increase your chance of recovering the maximum amount available for your injury claim.
Additionally, your attorney consults medical, financial, and economic experts to ensure that past and future damages are maximized. It can be difficult to calculate an accurate value for future damages without the assistance of experts who understand the expenses related to future care for amputees and the economic factors to use when adjusting costs for anticipated increases in the cost of living over a person’s lifetime.
Contact a Kansas City Amputation Attorney for More Information
The legal team at The Law Office of Kevin J. McManus understands that you have been through an emotional and painful event. Let us handle your personal injury claim for you to relieve some of the stress and anxiety you may experience as you continue to recover from your accident.
Call 816-203-0143 for a free consultation with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer to learn more about how we can help you with your injury claim.