Have you suffered an amputation due to an accident?
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Nearly 2 million Americans currently live with amputations, which require serious adjustments to one’s day-to-day life. Amputations require a lengthy stay in the hospital, as well as ongoing care to monitor wound healing, phantom pain, and emotional stability.
Severe injuries, such as those sustained in a major car accident, can lead to the need for amputation. Medical complications can also contribute to the need for amputation, such as failure to diagnose a serious condition that leads to tissue death.
Amputation is an emotionally difficult and life-changing event. And unfortunately, when someone else’s negligence is the reason for amputation, the situation becomes even more troubling. Amputation might be necessary after:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
If you or a loved one has undergone amputation as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your losses. A personal injury lawsuit may be the best way to recover money for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have more than 80 years’ worth of combined trial experience fighting for the injured in New Jersey and New York. Our proven track record of success shows our commitment to justice and fair compensation for the victims of negligence. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to schedule your free and confidential consultation today.
Amputations typically fall into the category of catastrophic injuries, which are injuries that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work. These types of injuries have long-term effects on a person’s well-being, usually requiring long-term medical care, prolonged absence from work, massive medical expenses, serious mental or emotional effects, and even the inability to return to employment ever again.
Types of catastrophic injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Severe fractures
When dealing with a catastrophic injury, it can be extremely difficult to put a monetary value on your losses. In addition to the medical bills already incurred by the accident, many cases require ongoing care and rehabilitation over the course of several years. An experienced personal injury attorney will call on any number of experts to testify about the true costs of amputation, including primary care doctors, surgeons, psychiatrists, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, social service agents, employability specialists, life care planners, and economists. It is important to get an accurate estimate of the lifelong cost of the injury because, once damages have been awarded, you are unable to go back and pursue more money for your injury.
What Can You Win in a Personal Injury Claim?
Damages in a personal injury case are divided into two categories: compensatory and punitive damages. Punitive damages are reserved for cases of extreme negligence or intentional conduct; these damages are designed to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior and to discourage similar behavior in the future.
Compensatory damages are divided into two subcategories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages deal with quantifiable losses, such as medical expenses and lost income. Non-economic damages deal with intangible losses, such as pain and suffering or emotional distress.
There is no limit on compensatory damages in New Jersey. In other words, as long as you can prove the amount of damages you are seeking, you are eligible to recover the full amount.
Compensatory damages include compensation for:
- Medical treatment, such as hospitalization costs, surgical costs, ambulatory services, the cost of prescription drugs, prosthetic fittings, the cost of a prosthetic apparatus, and ongoing rehabilitation costs. Compensatory damages include compensation for all medical costs incurred by the injury, including the estimated cost of future medical treatment. As technology develops, amputees are able to take advantage of new treatment options and prosthetics to increase their quality of life. As such, it is important to take all future medical costs into account when determining a fair compensation amount for medical treatment.
- Lost income, which covers wages lost by missing work to recover from the injury. Compensatory damages also cover the injured person’s decreased future earning capacity; that is, if the person is no longer able to earn the same amount of money because of the lingering effects of the injury, he or she is entitled to recover that lost income in a personal injury lawsuit.
- Property damage, including any damage to your vehicle, personal items, or clothing as a result of the incident.
- Pain and suffering, which is designed to compensate the injured person for the physical pain and discomfort suffered during the accident.
- Emotional distress, which is the emotional aspect of pain and suffering. This can include fear, loss of sleep, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Loss of enjoyment or consortium, which covers the inability to engage in hobbies, loss of enjoyment of day-to-day pursuits, loss of companionship, and inability to maintain an intimate relationship with one’s spouse.
Contact a New Jersey Amputation Attorney
The loss of an arm or leg has an unimaginable impact on one’s day-to-day life. It requires making adjustments to nearly every single aspect of one’s life and livelihood, and the financial costs can be destructive. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another person, the guilty party should be held accountable for their conduct.
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are prepared to fully investigate your claim and aggressively pursue compensation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have achieved a number of significant verdicts and settlements for victims of catastrophic injuries and amputations. With more than 80 years’ worth of combined trial experience, we are equipped to handle every unique situation, no matter how complex. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have collected more than $300 million for clients throughout New Jersey and New York, both in and out of the courtroom.
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are here to help you recover your losses. If you or a loved one has undergone amputation as a result of a serious car accident or other incident, contact us today for a free consultation. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to start exploring your options today.