Occasionally, we hear of stories where an individual has lost a limb due to a motorcycle crash or some other type of accident. Those who watch ABC-TV’s Dancing With the Stars may recall a prior contestant, Heather Mills, who was involved in such an accident. Prior to appearing on the show, Mills was probably more known for being the ex-wife of former Beatle singer, Paul McCartney. However, her time on the show drew a great deal of attention, as she was the first amputee to participate. Mills’ catastrophic injury happened in 1993 when she was hit by a motorcycle, which ultimately led to the amputation of her left leg below the knee.
Many people have gone through similar experiences where accidental limb loss and amputations have been incurred due to accidents. Such medical issues arise not only from accidents with motorcycles, trucks or other types of motor vehicles, but also from construction site incidents and cruise ship accidents. No matter where the accident occurred, an attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has years of experience handling limb loss and amputation cases.
What Is an Amputation?
When a person has an extremity removed from his or her body, that process is known as an amputation. Some amputations occur at the time of a serious accident or trauma, while others are done surgically. Additionally, some amputations are required due to an individual suffering from a long-lasting constriction of the limb.
Complete or partial limb loss can occur due to various types of events, including some of the less common events of exploding grenades during military conflicts, product defects, serious industrial accidents and catastrophes on planes, trains and ferry boats. Ensuring that the appropriate person or entity is held accountable for such accidents is of utmost importance to a catastrophic injury case. Attorneys at Lipcon’s maritime or personal injury attorneys are skilled at developing extremely effective methods for representing limb loss victims.
What Types of Damages Can Be Sought in an Amputation Case?
If it is determined that an individual’s amputation was caused by an accident due to someone else’s negligence, the injured party may be entitled to certain compensation in connection with those injuries. Most people are aware they can seek compensation for their past medical bills and pain and suffering as a result of the injury and amputation; however, there are many kinds of damages that will need to be considered.
For instance, an individual may be entitled to lost earnings as a result of the amputation. Some limb loss victims may be required to take a considerable amount of time off work to recuperate from their injuries. Depending on the type of work an amputee does, there may be cases where he or she will never be able to return to work. With that being a possibility, an injured party should seek to recover for both past and future earnings.
Something else to consider is an amputee’s need to adapt to a different lifestyle. Catastrophic injuries, such as amputations, are life-altering events and adapting one’s surroundings and residence in a way that would allow for somewhat normal functioning could prove to be extremely expensive. Accordingly, such victims need to ensure the costs associated with such adaptions are included when seeking compensation.
If you have lost a limb due to a maritime incident or any other type of accident, let a maritime attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. help you get the justice you deserve. Call us at 877-233-1238 for a free consultation.