Glendale Amputation Injury Attorneys
Losing a limb changes your life forever. Even the loss of toes or fingers will have a serious impact on your ability to work, your self-confidence, your social presence, and your ability to engage in life’s activities. The pain, discomfort, and medical treatment take a toll, both physically and emotionally. If you have suffered an amputation caused by the negligence of another person, you may have a legal right to compensation for your pain and losses.
Call our firm at (818) 507-4311 and find out what options are available for you after an amputation injury.
Amputation is defined as the severing of a limb or a digit, whether as the immediate result of an injury, as the result of a surgery to save your life, or as a means to prevent further damage. In some rare cases, a severed limb can be reattached and retain some level of function, but in many cases, this is not possible.
Whether an amputation is partial (a limb partially severed) or full (the arm, leg, hand, or another body part entirely detached from the body), complications such as excessive bleeding, infection, and nerve damage are common. Amputation - whether it’s an arm, a leg, a hand, or a foot - is a catastrophic injury, meaning it is so severe that the victim’s future life is permanently affected.
There are three main types of amputation. The treatment you need, as well as the chances of a full recovery, will depend heavily on the kind of accident you were in.
Crush amputation: The human body cannot withstand high levels of force. When enough pressure is placed on a limb, it can cause the bone to shatter. This will often cause part of the limb to separate from the body. While the initial injury may be not a full amputation, treatment will usually include removal of the impacted limb, as the shattered bone will never be able to fully heal and cause chronic pain.
Guillotine amputation: A clean cut, which can result from large pieces of shrapnel, such as glass and sheets of metal, hitting the body, is referred to as a guillotine amputation. While these amputations often result in the complete removal of the limb, if the cut is clean enough and treatment is applied fast enough, the limbs can actually be reattached in some instances.
Avulsion amputation: There is very little chance of reattachment with avulsion amputations. Oftentimes parts of the limb, such as the skin and tendons, are ripped off, while the underlying bones and muscles remain attached. This may happen if a ring or bracelet is caught and then torn away, taking flesh along with it. This partial amputation is usually impossible to reverse, and the only solution may be completing the amputation through surgery.
Our team at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, will thoroughly evaluate all factors of your case to identify the liable party or parties, and the amount of compensation that should be pursued when negotiating a settlement or filing a lawsuit. For another party to be considered liable, the following facts must be established:
- Duty: The other party had a duty (a legal obligation) to the injured party (such as driving safely);
- Breach: The duty of care was breached by the actions of the other party; and
- Cause: This breach was the cause of the amputation injury.
For example, every driver has a duty of care toward others on the road. If a driver speeds, this is breaking the duty of care. If that speeding driver collides with your vehicle, and that collision results in your amputation injury, that would count. Thus, you would have three required factors to recover compensation.
The human body is designed to be able to take a certain amount of abuse. However, that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. There are countless ways that you could suffer an amputation injury. Common types of accidents that result in amputations due to carelessness or negligence include:
- Car accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Burn injuries (where the burn leads to amputation);
- Construction accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Bicycle accidents; and
- Accidents in the workplace.
To remove a limb from the body, whether partially or fully, all that is needed is an accident that exerts a large enough force. Even accidents that may not seem likely to cause an amputation, such as a bicycle accident, can do so. These kinds of catastrophic injuries are costly, and will usually require long hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy appointments, and a great deal of time away from work. That is why, if your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you should seek proper compensation.
When someone causes you injury through negligence, you have the legal right to demand compensation. But first, you must determine just how much compensation you should be receiving. It is very common for insurance companies hand out lowball offers, and going into a claim without any idea of how much you will need can lead to you getting far less in compensation that you actually deserve. Common damages to claim for include:
- Short-term medical costs;
- Long-term medical costs (physical therapy, prosthetics, etc.);
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of wages;
- Lost earning capacity;
- Loss of quality of life;
- Disability damages; and
- Vehicle and home alterations.
Insurance companies and their teams of corporate defense attorneys will attempt to pay out as little compensation as possible. Without the support and knowledge of a skilled Glendale injury attorney, you are at risk of accepting a settlement offer far lower than you deserve. You need legal firepower to help you pursue the maximum compensation. However, not just any attorney will do. You need someone experienced, dedicated, and passionate about helping clients in need. You need Aghabegian & Associates, PC.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we review and evaluate the facts in your case to determine the level of compensation you deserve after an accident resulting in amputation. We tirelessly pursue the maximum possible in damages for our clients. Our knowledge and reputation let us negotiate a fair settlement out of court, but as trial lawyers, we are prepared to take your case to court if necessary.
Our legal team has over 40 years of combined experience representing injury victims, and an impressive record of success in personal injury law. With $125 million secured for clients in Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley, you can be assured that if we take on your amputation case, we will go the distance for you.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury resulting in amputation, contact us today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.
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