The loss of a limb is a serious and traumatic event, with an impact reaching far beyond physical injury and medical bills. Whether the loss of a limb occurs in an accident or an amputation is required following the accident, this type of injury can have a devastating impact on your mental wellbeing. In addition, the physical limitations associated with the loss of a limb may impact your ability to work and provide for yourself and your family.
According to the National Limb Loss Information Center, there are about 1.7 million people in the United States with some degree of limb loss. In addition, as many as one in every 200 people has suffered the loss of some or all or their fingers or toes.
Common Causes of Limb Loss in Florida
The main causes of amputation and loss of limb due to negligence include:
- Car accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Medical malpractice
In a serious motor vehicle accident, an arm, leg, hand or foot may be severed from the body. Although these types of injuries may occur in accidents involving cars and trucks, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to losing limbs because motorcycles offer so little in the way of protection. Motorcycle accidents occur more frequently in Florida and throughout the state of Florida than in many areas of the country, in part because of the pleasant year-round temperatures.
Construction accidents are another frequent cause of limb loss, due to the size and weight of the equipment used on construction sites. Medical malpractice cases involving the loss of limbs are particularly disturbing, in that they may involve the unnecessary amputation of a limb or the removal of the wrong limb. Of course, there are many other possible causes.
The High Cost of Amputation or Other Loss of Limbs
Many people with amputations qualify for an artificial limb. While this prosthesis may help the injury victim function more normally and adapt psychologically, the equipment can be costly and time consuming to obtain. A new prosthetic limb may cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000, and each new prosthetic is only designed to withstand three to five years of normal wear and tear. Thus, a person who has lost a limb and received a prosthetic can expect to incur that expense and go through the fitting process multiple times in his or her lifetime. It is also worth noting that after the average initial 5 to 14 days in the hospital for recovery, it will take several weeks for the limb to fully heal.
When the loss of a limb has come about as the result of someone else’s negligence, whether in a car accident, a construction accident, through medical malpractice or in some other way, that party may be responsible for damages, including (but not limited to):
- Medical bills, current and projected
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Cost of prosthetics
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and income potential
It is Never Too Soon to Talk to a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve suffered an amputation or loss of limb, you’ve endured a very traumatic experience. Your hard journey to recovery should not have to include working with uncooperative insurance companies and worrying over unpaid medical bills. Our lawyers have experience in Florida loss of limb cases, and will do everything in their power to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
It is very easy to make a mistake on your own, which is why it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. Call 1-800-253-5523 or fill out the free consultation form on this page to speak with one of our experienced lawyers about your case.