Some people experience amputations because of medical conditions such as infection or diabetes.
Other amputee victims may have been involved in military conflicts.
Notwithstanding, statistics show that approximately 45% of lost limbs were due to trauma.
Dismemberment Versus Amputation
There may be some confusion concerning the terms dismemberment versus amputation. Generally speaking, amputation involves the surgical removal of a limb. This occurs when doctors feel it is medically necessary to remove at least part of an individual’s extremities. This might mean a hand, fingers, foot or toes.
Body dismemberment may occur as a result of a catastrophic accident. This means that the limb was actually severed as a result of a traumatic event. Partial dismemberment may sometimes require surgical intervention leading to amputation.
Even if doctors were able to reattach your limb or provide a prosthetic, losing it counts as an amputation injury.
Amputations can Severely Impact Your Life
Amputation is an extremely serious medical procedure that affects your entire life. Every day activities like walking, using a computer, cooking, and caring for your self are hindered if you are missing a limb. Missing fingers can affect your work, and missing toes can negatively impact your balance and your ability to move around or do physical things you once enjoyed. If you have lost a limb through no fault of your own, the responsible party should be brought to justice.
Common amputee injuries include:
- Limbs lost in a car accident
- Limbs lost because of faulty or unsafe equipment
- Limbs lost because of someone else’s negligence
- Bites severe enough to necessitate amputation of a finger or limb
- Cuts or scrapes that become infected and required removal
- Negligent medical care that necessitated removal
Contact a New Jersey Amputation Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a way that required amputation due to a catastrophic accident, you are almost certainly entitled to compensation. Amputation injuries are extremely serious.
Losing a limb, or even a finger or toe, greatly affects your quality of life, your ability to do your job, participate in activities you enjoy, and make it difficult to live a normal life. When these injuries are suffered as the result of an accident that was caused by the negligence of another, the amputee has a legal right to seek compensation for their losses.
Our attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble can help you determine if you have a legal claim. For a free no obligation consultation, simply contact us online or call (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817 .