Amputation Injury Lawyer in Missouri


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Every injury has the potential to be traumatic, but few are as life-altering as amputations. Accident victims who end up requiring amputation not only suffer physical pain but also the emotional and psychological pain that comes with losing a part of their bodies.

In addition to physical pain, emotional distress, and permanent body alterations, injury victims who endure amputation must also face a range of financial losses. This includes the cost of emergency treatment, surgery, physical therapy, counseling, medications, ongoing care, and more. When it’s all said and done, that’s a high price to pay for any accident—let alone one you didn’t cause.

Fortunately, injury victims who undergo amputation may be eligible to pursue compensation for their accident-related losses. This article will explain everything you need to know about amputation injury lawyers in Missouri, including common causes of amputation, the short- and long-term effects, and recoverable compensation.

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What Is Considered an Amputation Injury?

An amputation injury refers to either the loss of a limb or the loss of part of a limb. Although some amputation injuries are the direct result of trauma, others result from surgical removal. In terms of personal injury law, amputation injuries are among the most devastating, affecting every area of life. In addition to immediate pain and loss, amputees must also grapple with long-term impacts to their quality of life, ability to maintain employment, and mental health.

It’s important to understand that not all amputation injuries are alike. They typically fall into one of two categories:

  1. Traumatic amputation. This type of amputation occurs when a limb is partially or completely severed in an injury. It is a direct result of a serious accident.
  1. Surgical amputation. Whereas traumatic amputations happen during an accident, surgical amputations are one of the consequences of accident injuries.  They are performed by medical professionals to remove a limb or partial limb that is so severely damaged or diseased that it cannot be saved.

Both types of amputation are traumatic and can result in countless losses. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury, it’s critical to partner with an experienced amputation attorney to pursue fair compensation.

Common Causes of Amputation

Many different accidents can result in amputation injuries. However, in the context of personal injury cases, these injuries typically involve traumatic events and high-velocity impacts. The following are among the most common causes of amputation injuries:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents can all cause traumatic amputations, especially in high-impact crashes. They can also result in surgical amputations.
  • Workplace accidents. Industrial sites and construction zones are common settings for a range of serious workplace injuries, including traumatic amputation injuries. They often result from accidents involving dangerous or heavy machinery, power tools, equipment malfunctions, and transporting large or arduous objects.
  • Agricultural accidents. Agricultural settings are one of the most common places for traumatic amputation injuries to occur. Farm machines such as combines and threshers pose a particular risk to workers.
  • Severe burn injuries. High-voltage electrical burns, chemical burns, and fire-related burns can all cause extensive damage to limbs to the point they require amputation. The same is true for explosion injuries, which can occur in a variety of industrial settings.

No matter what type of accident precipitated your limb injury, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Contact a Missouri amputation injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

Short- and Long-Term Effects of an Amputation

If you have suffered an amputation injury, you already understand that the impacts are both immediate and far-reaching. The consequences you experience will depend on the unique circumstances of your accident, as well as your resources and support system.

In the immediate aftermath of an amputation injury, you may experience any of the following effects:

  • Severe pain and discomfort, from both the surgery and the original injury
  • Phantom limb sensations, including pain, that seemingly radiate from the now-amputated body part
  • Emotional distress, including feelings of shock, denial, grief, anger, and more
  • Medical complications, including temporary infections, blood clots, and barriers to wound healing
  • Mobility challenges, including difficulty performing daily activities and moving without assistance

Despite eventually subsiding, short-term effects can still be traumatic. However, they are perhaps less life-altering than certain long-term effects, including the following:

  • Prosthetics. Some amputees use prosthetic limbs, and although these devices can provide numerous benefits, learning to use them can be a long and challenging process, often requiring physical therapy and ongoing adjustments.
  • Chronic pain. Amputees may experience chronic pain, including phantom limb pain, that seriously impacts their quality of life.
  • Psychological effects. Possible long-term psychological effects of amputation include chronic depression, anxiety, body image issues, poor self-esteem, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), more.
  • Lifestyle adjustments. One of the biggest hurdles many amputation injury victims face is adjusting to their new reality. In many amputation injury cases, victims must come to terms with new living environments, careers, interests, and capabilities.
  • Financial impact. Medical treatments (both immediate and ongoing), new health care needs, home adjustments, and adaptive equipment are just a few of the many costs that amputation injury victims face. The true financial cost depends on an individual’s unique circumstances, but it is almost always substantial.
  • Career barriers and isolation. Amputations and their myriad ripple effects can inhibit injury victims from advancing their career, or even from holding a job. When combined with social isolation, this can be one of the most challenging aspects of recovery.

As you can see, amputation injuries necessitate a full-spectrum rehabilitation approach that addresses the physical, psychological, and social needs of the injury victim. However, few amputation injury victims can afford the type of support they need without securing compensation.

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Compensation Available for Amputation Victims

If you suffered an amputation injury as a result of an accident you didn’t cause, you may be eligible to pursue compensation through an amputation injury lawsuit. Like other personal injury claims, amputation injuries typically warrant a combination of economic and non-economic damages. Whereas economic damages refer to easily calculable financial losses, non-economic damages refer to intangible losses, such as pain and suffering.

If you decide to pursue an amputation injury settlement, you may be able to pursue compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses (present and future)
  • Lost wages due to accident-related work absences
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Prosthetic and adaptive devices
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Ultimately, the compensation awarded to an injury victim depends on their unique circumstances. The best way to maximize your settlement is by working with an aggressive and determined personal injury attorney who has experienced navigating cases like yours.

Sotiriou Wilmowski: Compassionate Amputation Injury Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

If you suffered an amputation injury in an accident caused by someone else, you deserve compensation from the at-fault party. With more than 35 years of combined experience representing clients throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois, Sotiriou Wilmowski has the experience, resources, and tenacity you need. Ready to fight for your future? Contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation today.

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