Severe disfigurement and amputation – total or partial – is devastating. Find out how an expert Tampa personal injury attorney can help you or a loved one seek financial compensation for such a loss.
Losing a limb – whether it’s a finger, toe, hand, foot, arm or leg – is a life-shattering event.
Not only is the initial incident traumatizing, but amputees often experience excruciating “phantom pains” for years following, as well as scarring, disfigurement and rehabilitation. In addition to the physical pain, the financial burdens of amputation and disfigurement are also severe. Modern prosthetics have come a long way in helping victims regain some of their quality of life; however, the cost of such devices is steep. Tack on the required medical care arising from amputations and it’s easy to see how victims become overwhelmed.
Amputation, loss of a limb and disfigurement are all considered catastrophic injuries because they are wounds that cause long-term or permanent setbacks in the victim’s quality of life, both personally and professionally. Under Florida law, victims of serious accidents – including accidents involving limb loss and disfigurement – due to acts of negligence by another individual or party are entitled to economic damages, as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
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Common Causes of Limb Loss and Disfigurement
The causes of amputation and disfigurement vary greatly. Some of these causes, such as diabetes, may be inevitable. However, many are preventable. Accidents happen every day, and sometimes a person is seriously injured as a result.
In catastrophic accidents, the injuries are severe – sometimes resulting in the loss of a limb. If a person is disfigured or loses a limb due to the negligence of another individual, they have grounds to sue the responsible party for the financial costs of obtaining medical care, loss of employment, pain and suffering, and other damages.
In personal injury cases, loss of a limb or disfigurement often result from the following preventable causes:
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Boating accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
Obtaining Financial Recovery for Amputation and Disfigurement
Coping with an amputation or disfigurement is a long and difficult process. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury, you may never be completely “whole” again. However, it is the responsibility of the negligent party to try to make you economically whole by compensating you for the financial burden that comes with such a sudden loss.
We understand that no amount of money can replace what you’ve lost, but the expert Tampa personal injury attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo can help make sure your financial worries are taken care of. Recovering physically, emotionally and mentally from such a tragic loss is hard enough, without having to stress about bankruptcy and debt from medical bills.
Lorenzo & Lorenzo is a top rated law firm in Tampa, FL specializing in personal injury litigation, negotiation and representation. For nearly 20 years, we have helped victims put their lives back together through aggressive legal representation, personal attention and fighting for the best possible outcome. Discuss your case with an expert Tampa amputation disfigurement lawyer today.
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Medical Treatment for Amputation/Disfigurement
If you or a loved one suffered an amputation or disfigurement injury in an accident, it is critical that you seek medical attention immediately. A healthcare professional will be able to minimize your losses by treating your wounds quickly. In some amputation cases, a surgeon may even be able to reattach a severed limb or part depending on the severity of the injury. Seeking medical help immediately also gives you grounds to file a personal injury claim if the case warrants it.
There are numerous treatment options for those suffering with disfigurement or the loss of a limb, but the one trait these remedies all share is that they aren’t cheap. Recovering from an amputation or disfigurement is extremely costly, requiring extensive immediate and long-term care, surgical operations, medication, rehabilitation and other forms of medical treatment. Victims of an accident should not have to face these costs alone.
What is Disfigurement?
Severe disfigurement occurs when a person’s skin, bone structure or body tissue are damaged to the point that it changes their appearance. Third-degree burns from electrical, chemical or fire accidents are typically the cause of disfigurement.
Though burn injuries can be treated, they often leave permanent scarring and may require costly skin grafts to make the skin appear as normal as possible.
Victims of severe burn injuries and other forms of disfigurement may be entitled to compensation for the physical, emotional and mental scars resulting from negligence on the part of another individual or party.