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Loss of Limb Legal Representation

The negligence of others such as an auto accident, nursing home injury, medical malpractice or defective product can lead to severe nerve damage that ends in amputation. Naturally, amputation is a traumatic experience for anyone. Limb loss can occur for a number of medical reasons. However, people living with traumatic amputations because of the negligence of another should know that an amputation lawyer can help. Contact The Carlson Law Firm today.

Limb loss is a painful and traumatizing experience. Ongoing medical expenses can amount to extreme costs. You should not have to suffer for something that was someone else’s fault. Here at The Carlson Law Firm, we understand the challenges you are going through. We will advocate for you every step of the way to get you the settlement you by filing an amputation lawsuit. 

What is Traumatic Amputation?

Traumatic amputations are the accidental severing of a body part or limb, usually a finger, toe, arm, or leg that occurs as the result of a catastrophic accident. Unlike, surgical amputations, traumatic amputations usually do not occur in a controlled hospital setting. Typically, traumatic amputation is classified as either partial or complete.

  1. Partial Amputation. Occurs when the amputated part is partially attached to the body by some bone, tissue or muscle.
  2. Complete Amputation. Occurs when the body part is completely removed from the body.

However, amputations can also be classified according to the degree of damage to the soft tissue, nerves, bone, and vascular injuries.

  1. Sharp amputation. These types of amputation have well-defined edges that minimize the damage to the tissue arround it.
  2. Crush Amputation. Occurs when there is more soft tissue and arterial damage than in other instances.
  3. Avulsion Amputation. This is caused by the forceful overstretching and tearing of tissue.

In sharp amputation, reattachment is likely to occur successfully. However, in both crush and avulsion amputation reattaches in crush amputation is less likely to be a success.

According to EMS World, more than 30,000 traumatic amputations happen every year. Approximately 25 percent of all amputation are due to traumatic accidents. Losing your leg, arm, finger or foot is a traumatic experience that is generally caused by a:

  • Traffic accident
  • Defective product
  • Medical malpractice
  • Dog bite
  • Nursing home injury
  • Assault by another person

If someone else is the cause of your lost limb, a qualified amputation lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal system. The Carlson Law Firm has the resources, investigators and on-staff nurses to guide you through the legal part of your journey. Contact us today.

Types of Traumatic Amputation Damages

The Carlson Law Firm has expert an amputation lawyer ready to investigate your case. We will uncover any evidence to establish why and how the injury led to your amputation. Our investigation will uncover businesses that may not have been on your radar. As an example, a restaurant patron dining on the deck of a lakeside restaurant and the deck collapses resulting in the diner’s arm being crushed. Our firm can look into who built the deck and find out if that company was negligent. If negligence is found you might be able to sue the company that built the deck or the company who supplied faulty materials.

Who Can I hold Accountable for my Traumatic Limb Loss?

Liability for negligence is a civil matter. Depending on the details that led to your amputation, you may be able to seek compensation from the following:

  • Title holder of a vehicle
  • Trucking companies
  • Freight owners hauling equipment
  • Drivers
  • An employer
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Construction company
  • Doctors, nurses, or other medical professional
  • Hospital
  • Defective product manufacturers
  • Dog owners
  • The person or people who assault you

A qualified amputation lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can assist in recovering damages for current and future needs. The types of damages you can be awarded include the costs of:

  • Medical costs
  • Pain management
  • Prosthetics or Assistive devices
  • Physical Therapy
  • Loss of wages/ Job loss
  • Assisted living
  • Home renovation
  • Emotional suffering

What are the Common Causes of Limb Loss?

There can be several reasons that lead to a person losing a limb. A body part crushed beyond repair may result in poor circulation leading to surgical amputation of a limb. In some cases, after an accident, damage to the veins, arteries or capillaries that carry blood to various to parts of the body may not work properly. It can cause decreased blood flow to limbs. Amputating the limbs may assist in proper blood flow.

Common causes of amputation include:

  • Car wrecks
  • Workplace accidents (including factory, foodservice and construction accidents)
  • Agricultural accidents
  • Firearm/explosive/fireworks accidents
  • Electrocution accidents
  • Infections
  • Dangerous medications

Trauma is the second leading cause of amputation in the United States. In particular, males between the ages 15 and 30 account for four out of every five traumatic amputations. Sadly, traumatic amputations are not limited to adults. Approximately 600 children undergo lawnmower-related amputations each year in the United States reports the Industrial Safety and Health Hygiene News.

Invokana Amputation Lawsuit

Invokana (canagliflozin) is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It works by removing sugar through urine, which reduces a person’s blood sugar levels. The drug is a member of a group of medications known as sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) drugs.

Though some people had positive results when using Invokana, others had serious side effects.

According to a 2016 alert issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Invokana increased the risk for leg, foot, and toe amputations in users. The FDA alert was the result of a long-term clinical trial involving Invokana that revealed the elevated risk.

Some users of Invokana who have been forced to undergo limb amputation are filing claims against the drug’s maker. If you or a loved one had to have a toe, foot, or leg amputated after using Invokana, you might be able to take legal action.

Dog Bites

A dog attack may be just as traumatic as any other accident. You may never imagine losing a limb because of a dog attack, however, the dangers of a dog bite are clear. You can lose your arm, hand, finger, leg or foot because of two major reasons after a dog attacks you.

  1. Reattachment is impossible. In some cases, a dog bite is so severe that nerves and bones are badly injured. Unfortunately, in these scenarios successful reattachment is unlikely.
  2. Infection. Infection is a risk from the initial injury. If the site of your dog bite has an incurable infection, you may be faced with two options: lose your limb or lose your life.

A dog bite injury can change your life. Dog bites that cause lacerations are at high risk for infections; with puncture wounds having the greatest risk of infection. Common signs of a dog bite infections include: oozing pus or fluid, loss of sensation around the bite, red streaks near the site of the bite, swollen lymph nodes, fever or chills, night sweats, and breathing difficulties.

Although you will need to seek medical attention right away, if you are attacked by a dog then you should clean and sterilize your wound right away. Victims of dog bites should know that they do not have to suffer the consequences of a negligible owner. A personal injury from our firm can assist you in your fight for justice.

Defective Products

Companies should be selling safe products. Products should not have design flaws that make them unsafe. Manufacturers should also take care to make their products so that no defects are present. Even though this is the law, companies still create products that cause harm. Defective products can range from cars parts or equipment, exercise machines, home power tools, forklifts or assembly line components and many other products. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a defective product, you can take action. The Carlson Law Firm has been assisting victims of personal injuries for more than 40 years. We can assist you with recovering the financial and psychological costs of a lost limb.

Car Accidents

According to the Amputee Coalition, there are currently 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States. The Coalition estimates that nearly 45 percent of those amputations are the direct result of trauma from incidents like car and motorcycle accidents. We know that one of the worst and emotionally damaging injuries sustained during a car accident is limb loss. The most common traumatic amputation is a partial hand loss. This often occurs with the loss of one or more fingers. The loss of an arm is the second most common.

Workplace injuries

According to Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, amputation does not require the loss of bone. Amputations are some of the most unpleasant and debilitating workplace injuries a person can experience. Amputations in the workplace require a quick response. In some cases, the promptness of this response can be the difference between reattachment and a person being able to return to their position or not. These amputations occur most often when workers operate unguarded or inadequately safeguarded:

  • power presses
  • power press brakes
  • powered and non-powered conveyors
  • printing presses
  • roll-forming and roll bending machines
  • food slices
  • meat grinders
  • meat cutting band saws
  • drill presses
  • milling machines as well as shears
  • grinders
  • slitters

Aside from normal operation, there are several activities that can lead to hazardous conditions. For example, machine maintenance such as cleaning, threading, adjusting, clearing jams or lubricating machines can lead to traumatic amputation.

Still, the best way to prevent a traumatic limb loss in a car accident to take precautions. Always wear a seatbelt and obey traffic laws such as speed. Contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a qualified amputation lawyer today to see what your options are.

What to do if a Severe Injury Occurs

Seek first aid or emergency care immediately. By getting medical attention right away, you’re taking the first to reattachment. This will help the patient have the best possible chance to regain feeling and function.

  • The most critical steps to take when a traumatic amputation occurs are:
  • Contact the nearest emergency services provider, clearly describe what has happened, follow any instructions given
  • Make sure the victim can breathe, administer CPR if needed
  • Control bleeding using direct pressure; minimize or avoid contact with blood and other body fluids
  • If back, head, leg, or neck injuries are suspected or if motion causes pain then the best practice is not to move the victim. If none is found by a trained professional, position the victim flat with the feet raised 12 inches above the surface.
  • Cover the victim with a coat or blanket to prevent shock.

Clean the injured site with a sterile solution and wrap it in a clean towel or other thick material that will protect the wound from further injury. Do not try to force tissue still attached to the body back into place. If the tissue is not replaceable, it should be held in its normal position and supported until additional care is available.

Saving a life is always more important than recovering the amputated part(s). Never delay transporting the patient to a hospital or emergency center.

Amputation Lawsuits

Traumatic amputations are complicated from a medical and a legal standpoint. It is critical that you discuss your case with a skilled amputation lawyer.

After your amputation, you may be contacted by insurance companies seeking a quick settlement. They will most likely not offer you the amount of compensation you deserve. Do not talk with insurance representatives of the potentially liable parties. Anything you say could be used by the insurance company to pay you less than you should get.

An amputation lawsuit for compensation may include money for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Embarrassment
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Other injuries

To determine who you can sue for your loss, our lawyers need to conduct an independent investigation. We look for evidence to determine why and how the incident that led to your amputation happened. The investigation can lead to businesses that were not initially on the radar.

How Can an Amputation Lawyer From The Carlson Law Firm Help

Adjusting to life after limb loss is significant. It can be a challenging adjustment, but with proper support, you can move forward with your life. The Carlson Law Firm is here to help. We care about your mental and physical recovery. Our team of attorneys, private investigators and nurses will work tirelessly on your behalf. We have a team in place ready to help you with all of your medical needs. Our firm has spent decades working to recover compensation for our clients’ injuries. We have an amputation lawyer ready to get you the favorable settlement you deserve. Contact The Carlson Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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