If the loss of a limb was entirely preventable—as amputations following car accidents often are—it adds to the trauma. Thankfully, victims who end up losing limbs in motor-vehicle collisions are entitled to compensation for the damages. By filing a personal injury claim, they can hold those who were liable for the wreck financially accountable. If you or someone you love lost a limb in a car accident, here’s what you need to know.
How Can Car Accidents Result in Lost Limbs?
There are several ways in which a motor-vehicle collision can lead to a traumatic amputation. For example, if the impact crushes one or more limbs so severely that reconstruction is not an option, amputation will be necessary. Surgical amputation may also be required if the victim sustained muscle damage while wearing a tourniquet or if the limb was pierced, and there was no way to remove the debris without destroying the nerves.
What Is the Financial Impact of Losing a Limb?
Losing a limb will inevitably cause permanent disabilities, not to mention scarring and disfigurement. Since the resulting damages can add up fast, those who lose a limb in a car accident should call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
A seasoned lawyer will gather sufficient proof of both liability and damages so their client can pursue compensation for all losses incurred. In addition to emergency medical care, victims who undergo a traumatic amputation will have to cover rehabilitation, prosthetics, and home and vehicle modifications. They may also be unable to return to work, in which case, they will incur lost wages, lost benefits, and loss of future earnings. Thankfully, all such damages are recoverable by filing a successful personal injury claim.
If you or someone in your family lost a limb in a car accident, turn to the personal injury team at Neimark & Neimark for legal advice. Located in New City, NY, and serving Orange and Rockland counties, this firm is backed by more than four decades of experience. They have an unwavering commitment to providing personalized and attentive counsel. To request a consultation with a car accident attorney on their team, call (888) 725-7424 or reach out on their website.