Experienced Oklahoma City Injury Lawyers Helping People Who Have Lost a Limb
Skilled representation for victims of catastrophic injuries leading to amputation
Amputation is the removal of all or part of a limb or extremity such as an arm, leg, foot, hand, toe or finger during a serious accident such as a car, motorcycle, truck or pedestrian accident or through surgery because of such an accident. An amputation is the surgical removal of a limb from the body while limb loss is what results from an accidental injury.
If you suffered an amputation during an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful acts, or if you needed a surgical amputation after such an accident, our Oklahoma catastrophic injury attorneys at Cunningham & Mears may be able to help you recover compensation for your harm.
Fast facts about amputation and disfigurement
Almost two million Americans are living with amputations. Each highly qualified personal injury lawyer at Cunningham & Mears has significant experience helping accident victims recover compensation for a broad range of amputation and related injuries, including:
- Loss of limb
- Partial loss of limb
- Loss of extremities such as hands, feet, fingers or toes
- Medical care for amputation
If you suffer an amputation injury in an accident, you need to obtain immediate and continuing medical care to help minimize your injuries. Seeking proper medical treatment also gives you grounds for a personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation for the harm done to you if the negligence of another party caused your accident.
Disfigurement injuries from negligence
Catastrophic accidents can cause life-altering injuries and disfigurement for those who manage to survive. Even after the body has healed as much as it is going to heal, the scarring and disfigurement is left and can cause physical and emotional pain. Limb loss is itself a disfigurement, and if a person has been burned in a fire or has been left with visible scarring after reconstructive surgeries it can have a lasting, negative impact on how others perceive the person and how they see themselves. Additionally, every time they look in the mirror and see the scars and how their body has been disfigured by the accident, it reminds them of the trauma of the accident.
When limb loss, disfigurement and scarring after an accident are going to have a negative impact on a person’s future, their ability to earn an income and enjoy their lives, a dependable Oklahoma personal injury attorney from Cunningham & Mears make sure that their clients receive full and fair compensation for the disfigurement and impairment, for mental anguish, emotional distress, the loss of enjoyment of life and any other appropriate noneconomic damages suffered because of the accident.
Statistics for traumatic limb loss
The Amputee Coalition reports that there are approximately 2 million people living in the United States with limb loss. The main causes of limb loss are vascular diseases, which includes diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (54%) trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%) About 185,000 amputations occur each year in the U.S. The Center for Orthotic & Prosthetic Care reports that of trauma-related amputations, about 69% were of upper limbs and 31% lower limbs.
If an accident results in complete amputation, the part can sometimes be reattached if proper care is taken of the limb and severed part. In a partial amputation, the limb may also be attached depending on the severity of the injury. Proper emergency and critical care, surgery, early rehabilitation and prosthetics can help you in the long term, including minimizing your loss of earning capacity or enjoyment of life activities.
Types of accidents which can result in limb loss
The kinds of accidents that can cause a person to lose a limb might include:
- Car crash (high speed accidents, broadside accidents, etc.)
- Construction accidents
- Oilfield accidents
- Crush injuries (agricultural/factory accidents)
Recovering compensation for amputation
After the loss of a limb or extremities — or disfigurement — you may face significant medical costs, loss of income and earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering. Our Oklahoma lawyers look at every aspect of your case to help you maximize your potential recovery from the negligent parties or insurers. We consider all immediate and long term medical care and rehabilitation:
- Emergency care
- Pain medication
- Crutches and canes
- Prosthetic limbs
- Vocational rehabilitation
We also present evidence regarding how your ability to earn income is affected by loss of limbs or disfigurement to help you recover the most compensation for your injury and other losses.
Contact Oklahoma auto accident attorneys who care about your physical and financial recovery
At Cunningham & Mears, we are committed to helping you achieve the best possible results after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. We work hard to obtain the compensation you need to put you in a better position than when you first seek our assistance. To learn more about how we can assist you after an accident, contact us or call 405-232-1212 today for a free initial consultation.