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Bronx Amputation Injury

Amputations are sometimes caused by illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, or complications from surgery. However, amputations can also be caused by an unexpected accident such as a construction accident, an auto accident, or other type of traumatic accident. In some cases the amputation is of finger, toe, hand or foot, while in other cases the amputation results in the loss of an entire arm or leg. Regardless of what part of the body is removed, amputations are always traumatic and life-altering for both the victim and his or her family. Your finances will be impacted as you will likely be faced with the loss of income coupled with substantial medical bills. If you or a family member are in need of an injury lawyer because another person's negligence resulted in an amputation, it is important to speak with an experienced Bronx personal injury for legal guidance. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses, including reimbursement for your medical expenses, loss of income and your pain and suffering.

Causes of amputations

Amputations can be caused by an illness, medical malpractice or a tragic accident. Car accidents, construction accidents and motorcycle accidents are examples of types of accidents that can lead to an amputation.

For example, John Smith parked his SUV on the street in front of his apartment building. He walked to the rear of the vehicle, opened the rear door and began to remove groceries. A truck driving at a high speed suddenly swerved and ran right into John. John's legs were crushed in between his SUV and the truck. It was determined that the driver of the truck was drunk. As a result of this terrible accident both of John's legs had to be amputated below the knees.

Amputations that occur at construction sites or in factories typically occur because of a violation of workplace safety rules promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


Regardless of whether the body part that was lost, the life of the victim will be impacted. Loss of a finger, foot, arm, hand, or leg requires adjustment. In some cases there will be continued medical problems associated with the amputation. In other cases the victim will need a prosthesis and physical therapy. The treatment associated with the loss of a limb can be significant. However, through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand that the person responsible for your amputation pay you for your medical expenses and other losses.

  • Medical expenses. Hospital, doctors, surgeons, medication, MRIs, labwork, medical devices, prosthesis, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological counseling.
  • Lost wages. Missed paychecks, missed bonuses, lost promotions, used vacation and sick days, lost benefits.
  • Loss of future earning capacity. If you are unable to earn as much money after the amputation as you earned before or were expected to earn, you can demand compensation for the difference in your earning potential.
  • Pain and suffering. Physical pain and emotional suffering. Where the victim has a permanent injury such as the loss of a body part, there is a good chance that the pain and suffering award will be significant.

Keep in mind that you may be awarded compensation even if doctors were able to reattach your limb.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you have been injured in accident that resulted in your arm, leg, foot, hand, toe, or finger was amputated it is important to speak to our legal team as soon as possible. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has nearly 2 decades of experience successfully representing clients who have suffered serious injuries in auto accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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