Amputation Injury Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
Losing a limb as a result of a catastrophic accident changes the victim’s life in a matter of moments, and it often takes years to be able to return to a somewhat normal life. In many cases, these accident victims are eligible to file for compensation for their financial and emotional damages.
However, recovering from an amputation injury requires the victim to focus fully on their physical and emotional health. Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP helps victims in Los Angeles overcome severe injuries by spearheading the legal efforts to obtain compensation. To learn more, call us at (310) 273-1230 to schedule an appointment.
Proving Negligence Caused the Injury
Accidental amputations occur in a wide variety of ways. When negligence is involved, this often includes:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Boat and watercraft collisions
- Work-related injuries, particularly while operating heavy machinery
- Medical malpractice
- Train or Metrolink crashes
- Defective products
In order to prove negligence for a catastrophic injury such as loss of a limb, you must prove four things:
- The other person had a duty to keep you safe
- They were negligent, because they failed to do so
- This negligence caused your injuries
- You suffered actual financial and emotional losses
Costs of Amputations
In most California personal injury cases, amputations are generally considered a type of catastrophic injury. This means that they are serious injuries that often require a substantial influx of money in order to pay all the related treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing care costs.
Victims of catastrophic injuries typically spend weeks if not months in the hospital, followed by inpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy and other rehabilitation that can last for years. The victim misses work all of this time, and many are never able to return to their previous job.
Amputees often need specialized prosthetics, and additional therapy to learn to use them. They also require regular inspection, and replacement every few years. Some amputees will need future surgeries, ongoing therapies, or even ongoing assistance with activities of daily living for the rest of their lives.
Other costs include home modifications, vehicle upgrades for accessibility, and loss of income. The emotional toll is also quite large in many of these cases, and victims can recover compensation for their pain and suffering.
The Process of Obtaining Compensation
While most compensation claims in a negligence case begin with filing an insurance claim, most insurance policies — whether auto, homeowner’s or business — do not offer enough coverage to pay for all of the damages incurred due to an amputation or other catastrophic injury.
Your lawyer can help you file the insurance claim, and will also launch an investigation to locate and collect the evidence necessary to prove the other party’s negligence and demonstrate your damages. Through this process, your attorney will also work with financial planners and life care experts to ensure all parties involved are well aware of the necessary occupational and mobility therapy, prosthetics and other ongoing costs.
This evidence alone may persuade the insurance company to offer fair compensation. If your lawyers, however, cannot negotiate a fair settlement, litigation may be necessary. Filing a personal injury lawsuit may give the insurer the boost it needs to offer a larger settlement, or the judge may determine how much compensation to award you for your injuries.
Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP Helps Victims Recover Faster
Catastrophic injury cases require personal injury attorneys who are willing to fight aggressively for their clients, ensuring they get the compensation they deserve. Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP understands the physical, emotional and financial struggles faced after losing a limb in one of these accidents. If you suffered injuries in the Los Angeles area, call our law firm today at (310) 273-1230 to learn more about your legal options.