Traumatic Amputation Lawyers in Chicago, IL
If you have been in a motorcycle, car, or pedestrian accident, the amputation of a limb might be the only way to stop the spread of infection and disease.
Your doctor might need to remove a limb in order to save your life, especially if there is significant bleeding and irreparable damage.
Losing a limb will change your life
Approximately 45% of limb loss is the result of some sort of traumatic accident and approximately 185,000 amputations occur each year in the US. Losing an arm or a leg will change the way you live your life. Ordinary tasks that were once easy will become difficult. You will be faced with piles of medical bills, extensive recovery, physical therapy and emotional stress. Add in the taxing complexities of a legal dispute and your pain and suffering will increase. You don’t need to navigate the legal process alone. You need the experience of Willens & Baez on your side.
Injury Resulting in Amputation?
Your ability to work, enjoy life, and perform your daily tasks will all be changed. You may require significant ongoing expenses, including medical treatment, physical and occupational therapy, and even daily assistance. If your amputation occurred in a car, workplace, or other accident that was not your fault, we want to make sure you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Causes of Amputation Injury
Regardless of the cause, amputation is a devastating type of personal injury. A traumatic accident is the second most common overall cause of limb loss. It is most often caused by an accident involving heavy equipment or machinery, including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Accidents Caused by Defective Products
In many of these cases, your amputation injury may be accompanied by other types of personal injury, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury. Additionally, the most common cause of limb loss for children are lawn mower related accidents. Our experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers have successfully handled all these types of cases, and we would be honored to help you.
Types of Amputations
According to a 2014 survey conducted by the amputee coalition, in Illinois the most common types of amputations are:
- Below the knee
- Above the knee
- Partial foot
Amputations that remove the entire limb are known as proximal amputations while a finger or toe amputation would be a distal amputation. Additionally, men are more likely to have an amputation performed. While a toe amputation can seem minor compared to a whole limb, it is still a serious injury. A “mere” toe amputation can require long hours of physical therapy, therapy to relearn balance and walking, diminished work abilities, and can be emotionally draining.
When an accident occurs that causes the amputation, sometimes doctors can reattach the limb. Unfortunately, however, this is not generally the outcome. In a traumatic amputation, the amputation falls into one of two categories: complete or incomplete. An amputation is complete when there is no connection between the body and the part that has been severed. On the other hand, an incomplete, or partial amputation, still has some ligament, tendon or muscle that connects the body to the severed part.
The Cost of Amputation Personal Injury
The cost of your personal injury can be hard to calculate, but our experienced lawyers can help you take into account the full impact of your injury, including:
- Medical Bills – Different types of medical bills can result from an amputation. Costs can include prosthetics, pain medicine, doctors’ visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and movement therapy.
- Ongoing Therapy
- Disability and Diminished Earning Capacity
- Modifications to Your Home and Car
- Diminished Quality of Life
- Ongoing Pain and Suffering, Including “Phantom Pains”
- Emotional costs such as depression and grief
You may be able to receive compensation for these expenses to help you put your life back on track. It is also extremely important to calculate these costs accurately. You only get one opportunity to obtain a fair and just recovery for your injuries. It is therefore imperative your attorney has years of experience obtaining the best results possible for people. At Willens & Baez we will fight to give you the compensation you deserve.
Additionally, it is important to get a lawyer to handle your case instead of trying to work with the insurance company yourself. Insurance companies do not want to pay out your claim and will take advantage of someone who is not used to negotiating with insurance companies daily. Our job is to ensure you are not taken advantage of and to get you a fair and just compensation for your traumatic injury.
Call a Chicago Car Accident Amputation Lawyer
We understand amputation cases and have years of specialized experience. If you have lost a limb, you will need compensation for medical costs, therapy, pain, suffering, lost opportunities, psychological trauma, and the long-term changes you will experience from losing a limb. We will hold the negligent party responsible. We take everything into account and will work to ensure you obtain the level of compensation that you need and deserve. When you call Willens & Baez, you get a professional, friendly lawyer that will listen to your case. One of our award-winning lawyers will make it his mission to help you. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident resulting in an amputation, give Willens & Baez a call today. We offer free consultations. We will review your case and seek to understand everything that happened. You don’t need to forge ahead alone; we will fight your legal battles so you can focus on recovering.