Of the 50,000 amputation cases each year, 45% will be caused by a traumatic injury. Limbs that are damaged beyond repair must be removed for the benefit of the patient’s overall health. Injuries that can lead to amputations are severe in nature and may include burning, crushing, or having the limb torn or cut off suddenly. Whatever the cause, amputation patients will need months or even years of physical therapy to recover from their injury, and many will need to make permanent changes to their lifestyles. This makes amputation cases one of the most devastating injuries a person can sustain.
Amputations and Personal Injury
Many injuries that lead to a necessary amputation are due to events out of the patient’s control. This could include accidents while an individual is working, automobile accidents, or an accident that occurred because of a company’s or an individual’s negligent or reckless behavior. For example, in 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report that showed on average, 30 severe injuries are caused by workplace accidents each day. The report also revealed that there were 2,644 amputations as a result of a work site injury in 2015 alone. While safety standards have improved, workplace accidents are still very common. If you are a victim of a workplace injury that resulted from the company’s negligence or an individual’s reckless behavior, you may be entitled to compensation.
Negligent or Reckless Behavior
In many cases, something someone does or does not do may result in a traumatic injury that necessitates an amputation. More detailed examples of amputation personal injury claims include:
- Reckless Driving: Automobile and motorcycle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists can all suffer from an amputation in a driving accident. In these cases, drivers can be held liable if their behavior is deemed negligent. Negligence can include drunk driving, texting and driving, distracted driving, speeding, failing to follow traffic signs, and disobeying traffic laws.
- Industrial or Construction Site Injuries: There are many ways companies or individuals can be negligent in these types of work sites. Employees can sustain life-threatening injuries from poor equipment maintenance, improper training, lack of supervision, failure to adhere to safety regulations, falling objects, while operating heavy machinery, or any reckless behavior from another person.
- Workplace Injuries: Other workplace injuries generally fall under negligence because someone is failing to provide safe working conditions, whether that be from improper training, the work environment, or hazardous conditions. Professions with the highest risk for serious accidents are manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and oil and gas extraction.
How We Can Help
If you or a loved one is coping with these devastating consequences of an amputation as a result of reckless or negligent actions, the person responsible needs to be held liable. At The Brothers Law Firm, we understand your pain and frustration during this time of need. We have represented numerous clients who have suffered serious injury after amputations. We can help you understand your legal rights and determine the best options possible to ensure you and your family get the help you need. If you or someone you love has suffered from an amputation as a result of a company’s negligent behavior, another person’s recklessness, or for any other reason, contact us today. To get started, fill out our online form to request a free consultation or call us at 281-491-3635.