Loss of Limb Information
Losing a limb such as an arm or leg or extremities such as a finger or toe can be devastating. Oftentimes a traumatic injury may require that the body part be amputated.
Many reasons can cause this type of trauma such as a motor vehicle accident, a workplace accident, or lack of proper medical attention. In addition to the psychological and physical difficulties of coping with the loss of a body part, you may also experience a strange sensation known as phantom pain whereby you experience sensations in the body part that has been severed from the body.
There may be a chance of having the severed body part reattached if proper steps are taken. This depends on the extent of the nerve damage to the area. If damage is extensive, a prosthetic replacement may be a more realistic alternative. The good news is that there has been an incredible advancement in the medical technology that goes into developing body prosthetics allowing you to have as normal a physical life as possible following an amputation. Prosthetics can be very expensive, and new advancements allow more and more mobility. This is why you need the assistance of an attorney who can help get you the maximum recovery you are entitled to.
Loss of Limb Liability
To properly develop your legal claim and therefore compensate you or your loved ones, you need a lawyer who can examine the facts and circumstances of your case to determine who is responsible for your injury.
If a product has caused your fingers or toes to be severed from your body, you may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the product if proper safeguards were not built into the product to help prevent such injuries. You or a loved one may have gotten a foot caught under a lawn mower, or a finger stuck in a meat grinder.
Your attorney can work on fully developing your case to determine if a safer design of the product may have prevented your injury. In addition to a possible products liability claim against the manufacturer of the product that caused you harm, you may have a tort claim against the person or company responsible for your detached body part if their negligence is found to have been a contributing factor to your accident.
A negligence claim may come into play if you experienced amputation as a result of an accident in the workplace, typically working around heavy machinery or construction. You should not have to suffer as a result of someone else’s carelessness and it is imperative that fault is determined.
The issue of negligence may also arise in a hospital setting where amputation results from improper wound care if a wound becomes infected and is not treated properly. Foot ulcers typically seen in patients with diabetes, may require amputation of the foot if not treated correctly and if the improper treatment is a consequence of a hospital or doctor’s oversight in caring for you, then you may be entitled to compensation.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the physical and emotional trauma of a lost body part then you already know what a difficult time this is.
This is when you need help. If you have suffered an injury resulting in the loss of a limb in New Orleans, Metairie, Gretna, Harvey, or the surrounding areas, please call the law offices of Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 to assist you or your loved one during this difficult time. We will provide you with the vigorous legal representation you need to get you the compensation you deserve.
Bloom Legal can evaluate your claim on a case by case basis to determine who is at fault for your amputation and work diligently to get you the compensation you will need to deal with the high costs of medical treatments associated with your injury.
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