Providence Amputation Injuries Lawyer
Being involved in an accident is a scary situation, but when that accident results in the loss of a body part, known as amputation, the results can be absolutely devastating for the victim. Amputation injuries permanently affect the rest of an accident victim’s life, and those responsible must be held accountable for their actions. At the Kiselica Law Firm, our knowledgeable Providence amputation injuries lawyers have helped countless clients get the compensation they deserve after an accident. Call the office or contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.
What are Amputation Injuries?
An amputation that happens as a result of an accident is commonly referred to as a traumatic amputation. A traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part as a result of an accident. This can include the loss of a finger, toe, hand, foot, arm, leg, or multiple parts from the same accident. Amputation injuries can be partial or complete, where a partial amputation refers to the limb remaining attached to the body with some soft tissue and a complete amputation referring to the complete separation of the body part.
Depending on the severity of the injury and the condition of the amputated limb, it may be able to be reattached if the victim gets medical attention immediately after an accident; however, in many cases even if the amputated body part is reattached it never regains full function again. For limbs that cannot be reattached, the victim of an amputation injury will require a prosthesis for the missing part.
Complications following a traumatic amputation accident are common. Immediately following the accident, extensive bleeding, shock, and infection are the most common side effects of amputation. Depending on the body part lost, later complications can include phantom limb syndrome, loss of balance and coordination, difficulty in performing daily tasks, and the need for additional surgeries to fix any other complications that arise from the traumatic injury.
Compensation for Amputation Injuries
Compensation for amputation injuries requires not only a calculation of costs that the victim has already suffered but also needs to provide for the additional care required in the future after the loss of a body part. Damages for an amputation accident include compensation for economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are out of pocket costs like medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and future lost income and benefits. These damages also cover the costs of rehabilitation, therapy, and prosthesis costs. Noneconomic costs cover intangible harms like pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, emotional distress, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
The victim of an amputation accident has three years from the date of the accident under Rhode Island law to file a lawsuit for damages. Known as the statute of limitations, if you fail to file within this window of opportunity the court has the right to throw out your case and bar you from collecting any compensation for your injuries.
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If you have lost a body part as a result of an accident in Rhode Island, the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Kiselica Law Firm in Providence are here to help. Call or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case.