Personal Injury Lawsuits Involving the Loss of Limbs By Steve Charpentier on January 02, 2015

EMTs stabilize a victim's neck after an auto accidentThe lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm are committed to injury victims of Central Florida. They understand that a catastrophic injury accident can lead to long-term disability or impairment, and that the victims of these accidents need strong legal counsel to hold negligent parties accountable. This is especially true when it comes to the loss of a limb or multiple limbs, a matter that we'd like to consider in more detail right now.

Types of Incidents That May Result in a Loss of Limbs

Some kinds of incidents that may result in the loss of limbs include the following:

  • Serious auto accidents
  • Major bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Major falls
  • Industrial workplace accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Assaults and attacks
  • Medical/surgical errors

The above may result in the loss of a limb or the severe injury to a limb in which the best option for wellness is a surgical amputation.

Major Changes to Your Overall Quality of Life

If you lose a limb or multiple limbs, this can lead to serious changes to the way that you live. If you are right-handed and you lose your right arm, for instance, you will lose your ability to do simple activities that necessitate the use of your good hand, such as writing, drawing, and typing. You may need to train your off-hand to accomplish these tasks, which is extremely difficult. The loss of both arms can be quite devastating.

Losing a leg or both legs can result in major changes to mobility, necessitating the need for crutches, a wheelchair, and so on.

Hardships with Regard to Employment and Your Career

In addition to altering your general quality of life, your future employment and career plans may change significantly as a result of the loss of a limb. You might have had a successful career path, only to have it dramatically altered by the loss of a limb or multiple limbs. There are major uphill battles to consider, particularly if a potential employer perceives you as not able-bodied for the tasks and requirements of a job despite your determination to succeed.

Prosthetics Can Help Yet Only Go So Far

Major advances have been made in prosthetics over the years, allowing people who have lost limbs to achieve a quality of life closer to the one that they previously had. While prosthetic limbs are very helpful and can allow people to grasp objects and be mobile, they can have certain limitations to keep in mind.

Even if the prosthetic does enable a person to engage in activities and professions that he or she was previously involved in, the negligent party that caused the loss of a limb needs to be held accountable for the accident.

How Our Legal Team Can Help You

Our team of attorneys will fight diligently for the victims of severe accidents, whether they are the result of vehicle collisions or surgical errors. We will help obtain compensation for the medical expenses associated with the loss of the limb, including physical rehabilitation and the cost of a prosthetic limb. We will also seek compensation to cover the impact on your quality of life and any impact on your potential future earnings. Ultimately, we are here for you and your loved ones every step of the way.

Speak with the Lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm

To learn more about your legal options following a severe accident that results in the loss of a limb or multiple limbs, it's important that you contact our personal injury attorneys today. At Charpentier Law Firm, we will make sure that you receive strong legal counsel.

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