An amputation injury occurs when a limb is severed from the body. Amputation can affect the upper or lower extremities, and refers to all or part of the limb. Almost 1.7 million people are living without one or more of their limbs in the United States. The majority of these amputations were the result of a trauma.
Amputation Due to Car Accidents
Car accidents are a leading cause of amputations. Due to the force behind severe car accidents, an amputation injury is common. In some cases a surgeon is able to repair the limb. If you were involved in a car accident which caused a severe injury you have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, loss of work, and pain and suffering.
Amputation Due to Work-Related Injuries
Anyone can have an accident at the workplace, but work-related injuries are most common around heavy equipment. Occasionally, this equipment may lead to unsafe working conditions. If the equipment fails and causes an accident, you have the right to seek damages. Typically, these types of injuries fall under Worker Compensation claims.
Amputation Due to Faulty Products
Recently my colleague, John Cooper, wrote an article about a stroller recall that was issued after the product was proven to cause amputation. The strollers caused finger amputation in several small children. Product manufacturers have a responsibility to make and sell safe products. When these products fail and injure children or adults, the injured have a legal right to seek damages.
An amputation is a permanent injury. People who suffer an amputation often have a lengthy hospital stay and recovery period.
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