Washington Amputation Injury Lawyers
An amputation, whether accidental or surgical, can have a significant and permanent impact on one’s quality of life and ability to earn a living. There are times when a part of the body that was completely or partially severed can be reattached, but that is a rarity.
When an amputation injury is due to another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, victims may be entitled to compensation for the resulting losses and damages. But, getting such compensation from the liable party or insurance company is never an easy task. If you or a family member has suffered an amputation in an accident, the experienced Seattle catastrophic personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., will work to make sure that the at-fault parties are held accountable and that you get adequate compensation for your future. For over 40 years, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has helped many injured victims receive fair and full compensation for their losses. Find out how we can help you by calling (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Amputation Injuries
The vast majority of accidental amputations occur in motor vehicle accidents. There are several reasons for this. First of all, cars and trucks are mostly made of steel, which can shear apart and sever a limb. Also, motor vehicles are heavy, fast, and powerful. When they collide with another vehicle or stationary object at a high speed, limbs can be crushed, forcing doctors to perform surgical amputation of fingers, arms, legs or other body parts.
Other common causes of amputation include:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrians hit by motor vehicles
- Agricultural accidents
- Landscaping accidents
- Manufacturing accidents
- Defective or poorly designed products
- Mechanical door, elevator, and escalator accidents
- Fireworks and other explosions
- Infections and gangrene due to medical malpractice
Treatment, Care, and Compensation for Washington Amputation Injuries
After the initial surgery, amputation victims often need prolonged hospitalization and observation. Patients may require prosthetic limbs and physical therapy to help them adjust to their new handicap. The recovery process can take weeks, months, and even years. Treatment is expensive, and even with proper care, many victims of amputation injuries are never able to return to a normal existence. Medical science is advancing, and new technology is making life easier for amputees. In addition to the traditional "wooden leg," bone-mounted robotic arms, brain-controlled robotic hands, prosthetic legs, and other assistive devices are being developed.
But, such devices are expensive and patients may take a long time to master their use. Aside from the physical impact of an amputation injury, there are also the emotional and mental adjustments to living as an amputee. Compensation for an amputation injury can include:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to your injury, such as pain medications, corrective surgeries, etc.
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation, such as learning to walk on a prosthetic leg
- Household and vehicle modifications for coping with your handicap, such as wheelchair ramps or a hand throttle for driving a car
- Lost wages
- Loss of future wages
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Career counseling and the cost of learning a new career
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Psychological treatment and therapy
- The cost of hiring people to do tasks you can no longer do, such as mow the lawn, do maintenance on your home, etc.
- Pain and suffering
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life, such as not being able run, dance, golf, etc.
The party responsible for your amputation and their insurer aren’t going to just hand you a blank check. They’re going to try to get away with accepting as little responsibility as possible. This is why you need experienced attorneys on your side. The legal team at Seattle’s Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., can help you get the compensation you truly deserve. Call (888) 228-3860 for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.