New Jersey Amputation Injury Lawyers
Protecting the rights of NJ clients suffering amputation injuries
Limb loss, or traumatic amputation can result from traumatic injury in car accidents and other types of accidents. About 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. each year, and about two million people are living with limb loss. Trauma is the second leading cause of limb loss at approximately 45% of cases according to the Amputee Coalition. The Industrial Safety & Hygiene News reports that about 70% of traumatic amputations involve the upper limbs.
If the accident that caused the injury is because of the negligence of another party, you are entitled to seek compensation to help you deal with the medical, financial, and emotional issues you are likely to encounter.
At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, our catastrophic injury attorneys represent traumatic amputees in New Jersey who lost a body part because of someone else’s negligence. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We have office locations in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River. Our NJ personal injury lawyers also offer home and hospital visits.
What are some of the causes of traumatic amputation?
Whether the accident involved a truck or motorcycle accident, a workplace injury from using unguarded machinery, or a farming accident, losing a limb is a traumatic and devastating experience. The following are a few examples of accidents that could cause limb loss:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical mistakes (wrong site or wrong side surgeries)
- Workplace accidents
- Firearm/explosions/firework accidents
- Electrical accidents
Limb loss from serious car accidents
Given that motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic limb loss, many people who are dealing with traumatic amputations were injured in a car crash. Car accidents which involve a collision at a high rate of speed with its intense g-forces, and collisions between larger, heavier vehicles such as tractor-trailers or other heavy motor vehicles can crush fingers, hands, entire limbs, and feet in the tangled wreckage or twisted metal.
Amputation injuries can cause psychological scars
Many people have heard of phantom limb syndrome, which can occur in people who have had traumatic limb loss. Although the limb is gone, they still feel pain in it, and they may even feel an itch on a limb that they cannot touch. Phantom limb is just one of the psychological reactions to limb loss. Physiopedia reports that Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) might be more common in amputees following combat, accidental injury, and burns. Facing the cosmetic appearance of a missing limb also factors into the psychological issues surrounding limb loss as the individual’s body image becomes distorted.
How will hiring a traumatic amputation attorney help your case?
Our New Jersey amputation injury lawyers understand the difference between aggressively pursuing the at-fault parties and recovering compensation and treating our clients with respect and sensitivity. Traumatic amputation is a serious injury and you should be focused on healing and getting back to leading as normal a life as possible. Our focus is on pursuing justice on your behalf. When we take on catastrophic injury cases that involve traumatic amputations and other serious injuries we pursue the following:
- Work with accident reconstruction experts to determine who is at fault in causing the accident
- Consult physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and financial experts to determine the extent of your injuries and how they impact your financial future
- Communicate with the court, and the defendant’s insurance company
- Handle timely document filing
- Manage settlement negotiations
- Prepare to file a lawsuit if negotiations do not yield an acceptable result
Compensating personal injury victims
Life for an amputee is usually a series of adjustments. In addition to dealing with the loss of an arm or a leg, amputees may need to deal with issues such as phantom pain, infections, and joint stiffness above the severed portion of the amputated leg or arm. Our goal as attorneys is to help you recover enough compensation from the at-fault party to pay for your present and future needs.
Compensation for traumatic amputation injuries may include the following:
Medical expenses, which would include all medical care related to the accident injury, physical therapy, getting fitted for a prosthetic, and any other related costs
- Pain and suffering. A personal injury lawsuit compensates the injured person financially for the pain of the injury from the accident and for the ongoing pain of a serious injury, and how that might detract from his or her quality of life.
- Lost wages. If you were unable to return to work after the accident because of a hospital stay and recuperation time, the proceeds of the lawsuit would cover that loss of income.
- Emotional distress. A traumatic amputation can potentially cause significant emotional distress. We fight to make sure that you are compensated for everything you are going through after the accident injury.
- Loss of consortium. This payment is made to the spouse of the injured person to compensate him or her for the damage to the relationship such a severe injury might cause.
- Punitive damages. If the at-fault party’s conduct was egregious or reckless at the time of the accident (i.e. drunk and reckless speeding caused the crash) punitive damages might be assessed to punish the reckless driver.
While no amount of compensation can replace your limb, our goal is to help you live as full and independent a life as possible. Treatment options and prosthetics for amputees continue to improve. Our attorneys will seek enough compensation to allow you to take advantage of new prosthetic devices as they become available.
Let our New Jersey amputation injury attorneys fight for your right to recover compensation for your accident injures so that you can get back to enjoying your life.
Contact the experienced New Jersey amputation lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP today
If you have suffered limb loss after an accident, the traumatic amputation injury attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP are here to fight for your right to recover compensation from the party responsible for your injuries. You may call 732-777-0100, or contact us to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey amputation lawyer at our firm. We have offices throughout in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River.