Westchester County Amputation Injury
A serious injury such as an amputation is a life changing event. Not only is the victim’s life changed forever, a catastrophic injury such as this also effects employment, as well as relationships with friends and family. The victim will need to recover physically and emotionally. In addition, the victim's ability to work and earn a living may be negatively impacted. While an amputation injury can occur in a number of ways, they often occur as a result of a motorcycle accident, construction accident, boat accident, bike accident or auto accident. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury as a result of the negligence of another person it is important to speak with an experienced Westchester County personal injury lawyer for legal guidance. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses including your medical expenses, loss of income and your pain and suffering.Causes of amputation injuries
Amputation or dismemberment is a catastrophic injury that results in the loss of a limb such as a finger, hand, arm, leg, or foot. An amputation can result in an accident where the limb is traumatically amputated, through medical malpractice, or in accident that results in injury that eventually leads to an amputation.
- Traumatic amputation. Traumatic amputation occurs when a limb is detached from the body in an accident. For example, a traumatic amputation can occur at a construction site or a factory where dangerous equipment is used, particularly when safety regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are not followed.
- Medical malpractice. Mistakes by physicians and other healthcare professionals can result in amputations. For example, if a doctor fails to properly treat a blood clot a serious condition called thrombosis may develop requiring amputation.
- Other injury. Complications from injuries can eventually lead to an amputation. For example, if a victim suffers a broken leg in a car accident, complications such as infection can require that the limb be amputated in order to save the life of the victim.
Victims of amputation injuries will face a significant amount of medical bills, will likely have to miss a substantial amount of work, and will face other challenges as they adjust to post-amputation life. One challenge will be financial as the combination of missing work and substantial medical bills may mean debt. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand compensation from the person whose negligence caused your injury. You can demand compensation for:
- Medical expenses such as your emergency room bill, hospital stay fee, fees charged by your doctors including specialists, costs of prescription and over-the-counter medication, expenses for medical equipment and assistive technology, rehabilitation fees, and any other cost related to the treatment of your amputation injury and related medical issues.
- Lost wages such as the paychecks you missed, the vacation and sick days you had to use while you were recovering, bonuses and promotions that you were on track to receive but missed because you were unable to work, and other missed or lost benefits of work.
- Pain and suffering includes physical pain of the injury as evidenced by the severity of the injury and the treatment it requires, as well as the mental suffering as evidenced by depression, irritability and insomnia.
If you have been injured in accident that resulted in your arm, leg, foot, hand, toe, or finger being 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 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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.