Our Michigan injury lawyers represent clients who suffered amputation injuries due to an accident or medical malpractice. These injuries are and affect a person’s mobility, employment, their ability to take care of themselves, and day to day functions.
Limb Loss Statistics
Approximately 2 million people in the United States have suffered from the loss of a limb. The primary causes are vascular disease (54%), trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%). Statistics show that 85% of lower limb amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer. It is estimated that there are 185,000 amputations in the United States each year.
Many amputations are traumatic and occur at the time of an accident. However, others are the result of medical malpractice in the performance of surgery and other procedures. The most common amputations involve an amputated leg, foot, arm, and hand. Feet, toes, and fingers are often amputated due to negligence.
Some amputations are complete, meaning a full separation of the limb at the time of an incident. Other amputations are considered incomplete, which means the body part is crushed and later requires amputation.
Additionally, a degloving injury occurs when the skin, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles are torn from the body tissue and sometimes to the bone. This amputation type can be caused by a motor vehicle accident or defective piece of machine equipment.
Accidents Causing Limbs to be Amputated
A person can suffer and amputation injury in a number of ways either through direct trauma or a later time when medical care cannot save the limb. Common accidents causing amputations include:
- Motor vehicle accidents resulting in severe trauma to a limb
- Defective consumer products, like chairs, kitchen appliances, and other items
- Exploding devices, like fireworks
- Dangerous toys, playground equipment, and recreational equipment
- Boating, jet ski accidents, and other recreational activities
- Firearms and sports accidents
- Household and industrial tools, like chainsaws, lawnmowers, and other tools with sharp blades
- Farm equipment accidents
- Industrial accidents, like machine presses and similar manufacturing equipment that lack proper safety devices and mechanisms, or those in which the devices were removed by the employer
You can sue the party responsible for your amputation injury. Our attorneys will gather all the necessary evidence to prove that someone’s negligence resulted in you losing a limb or a body part. We will work hard to win you the highest possible settlement.
Amputation Injuries Due to Medical Malpractice
Negligent medical care and monitoring can lead to the amputation of limbs and other body parts. The most common amputation injuries caused from medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose a blood clot
- Amputation of fingers and toes after heart surgery
- Failure to bring a patient to emergency surgery for the restoration of blood flow
- Not diagnosing and timely treating compartment syndrome
- Failing to treat a patient with an injury to limb
- Diabetes and pressure ulcers not properly treated
- Medication errors and mistakes
- Wrong site surgery
Doctors, surgeons, and hospitals can be held liable for mistakes that result in an amputation. Many of these injuries are preventable with proper care and treatment.
Settlements in Amputation Injury Lawsuits
Lawsuits for amputation injury victims often result in very substantial settlements. Compensation includes payout amounts for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and psychological trauma caused by the injury. Many victims suffer career-ending or disabling injuries and lose both income and the opportunity to work. In these cases, settlements include compensation for the loss of both past and future lifetime earnings.
In addition, many amputees require expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation after an injury. Many patients are fitted with expensive prosthetic devices and require other medical equipment to return them to their pre-injury activities and lifestyle. Amputation lawsuit settlements also include payment of all expenses related to these needs.
Contact a Michigan Amputation Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member suffered an amputation injury due to the negligence of another person, business, or company, you should contact our office immediately to learn more about your legal rights. There are strict time limitations for filing injury cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever.
Call us now to start on your case. We charge no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement check. It also costs you nothing to get started.
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