How to sue for compensation for amputation and disfigurement injuries
The overwhelming and life-changing effects that a catastrophic injury has on a victim can never be completely erased with monetary compensation. The loss of a limb changes everything about how a person lives, feels, supports themselves and how they feel about interacting with others.
Trying to put an actual figure to the true extent of the losses is nearly impossible. However, accident victims who suffer amputation and disfigurement deserve some type of justice — and that justice often comes in the form of financial remuneration.
Accident claims that involve a loss of limb or disfigurement typically require aggressive and specialized legal representation. While the fact that the victim has suffered is obvious, the insurance companies are quite skilled at reducing the amount of compensation that these victims will receive. They know that the compensation packages for these types of injuries are often high, and they will do whatever it takes to reduce their payouts and protect their profits.
Working with a catastrophic injury attorney is the best solution if you or your loved one suffered a serious injury that left you disfigured or scarred. Our attorneys understand the seriousness of your loss and we will protect your rights to receive full and fair compensation.
Unique challenges facing amputation victims
Recovering from any injury is challenging. During the recovery period, you may deal with medical care, missing work, trying to manage household duties, and suffering from the pain and discomfort of the injury. Eventually, these issues will lessen as your body begins to heal and recover.
For an amputation victim though, this process is not so easy.
A loss of limb requires extensive, if not lifelong, medical care. Depending on which limb is lost, you may have to relearn how to do simple tasks, such as signing your name with a different hand or learning how to walk with a prosthetic. You may need to take physical therapy for an extended period of time.
Having represented clients facing these losses, at Lorenzo & Lorenzo we understand that these types of pain are deep and personal. It’s only right that those responsible make sure you are compensated fully.
Types of compensation available for loss of limb and disfigurement claims
Florida law allows loss of limb and disfigurement victims to seek the following types of compensation:
- Cost of medical care for current and future care relating to the injury
- Cost of rehabilitative services, such as physical therapy and pain management
- Cost of medications and medical devices, including prosthetic limbs
- Cost of mental health care
- Lost wages and future earning capacity
- Cost of retraining (if applicable)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Additional forms of compensation may be available based on the unique facts of your case.
Common causes of loss of limb accidents
All accidents have the potential to cause a loss of limb injury. However, there are a few accidents where this is more common. These accidents include:
- Car accidents involving multiple vehicles
- Truck accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Industrial work accidents
- Medical malpractice
Consult with a catastrophic personal injury attorney
The challenges that a person faces after a catastrophic injury are numerous. Your pain, however, shouldn’t be enhanced by the actions of the insurance company trying to avoid paying for the accident. It’s important to realize that insurance companies don’t have your best interests in mind. Rather, they often cause intentional delays to try to get the person to settle quickly.
If you have been catastrophically injured in an accident, it will always be in your best interest to have experienced legal representation on your side. Our personal injury attorneys know how the insurance industry works and we understand the laws regulating their policies.