The wound from an amputation typically heals in four to eight weeks. But the pain, emotional distress and financial effects will last for many years.
As a personal injury attorney with more than 30 years of experience, I know what a serious impact an amputation has on the victim's family. The costs of surgery, post-operative medical treatment and physical rehabilitation are only part of the financial impact. Over your lifetime, you are likely to face on-going costs for a prosthetic limb and assistive devices for your home and car. In many cases, people who have lost a limb are no longer able to work in their vocation, resulting in serious financial hardship.
The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, works tirelessly to help amputation victims obtain compensation for their economic and noneconomic losses. My firm will be your strong advocate, working hard to help you rebuild your life.
What Are Some Common Causes for Amputation Accidents?
While medical conditions such as diabetes and neuropathy remain the most common reason for amputation, trauma accounts for nearly a quarter of these injuries. The most common accidents to result in amputation are:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Transportation Accidents (busses, trains, subways, etc.)
- Fire, Explosion, and Electrocution
- Farming and Ranching Accidents
If you have lost a body part in an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Give us a call today to schedule a free case review and learn more.
Who Can I Hold Liable for My Amputation Injury?
Liable parties in a personal injury claim may include a private citizen, an independent business, a large corporation, or a government entity. Because accident cases are often very complex, it’s a good idea to work with a qualified attorney who can investigate your accident, identify all liable parties, and hold those responsible for your injury to account.
How Much in Damages Can I Collect for My Amputation Injury?
There is not a cap on amputation injury compensation in the state of New York. Our firm will seek maximum compensation for all related damages, including:
- Medical and Rehabilitation Expenses
- Current and Future Lost Wages
- Adaptive Equipment and Home Modifications
- Physical Pain
- Emotional Suffering
- Forced Changes to Lifestyle
- And More
Because there is no cap, you are not limited in the amount of compensation you can seek through legal action. During your initial consultation at our Fishkill office, we will review the details of your case to help you understand what your injury may be worth and how to best seek the full compensation you deserve.
How Soon After an Amputation Should I Contact an Attorney?
You have three years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim in the state of New York. We recommend taking action much sooner.
It is a good idea to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible following an accident. Insurance companies are often quick to offer a settlement, but accepting these offers makes it impossible to seek additional damages. Talking to a lawyer is free of both cost and obligation, and can help you fully understand all of your options.
Am I Eligible for Disability After an Amputation?
Amputations do not automatically qualify a person for disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to amputees under certain circumstances, but various requirements need to be met to qualify for benefits. The best way to learn if you are entitled to SSDI is by talking to a representative at your nearest SSA office. There are offices in Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Peekskill, and many surrounding communities where all of your disability questions can be answered.
But remember this: even if you receive disability, you are still entitled to take legal action when you are the victim of someone else’s negligence. Use the contact form on this page or give us a call today to schedule a complimentary case review and learn more.
Facing the Future With Hope
When you retain me to represent you, I will work closely with your physician or medical specialists to understand your future medical needs. This can include:
- Physical therapy to improve muscle strength and control
- The fitting of prosthetic and assistive devices
- Counseling to help you deal with grief, emotional trauma and phantom pain
You may also need vocational training to enable you to resume working in a new occupation. I will make a full accounting of all losses, including pain and suffering and emotional distress, for inclusion in your claim.
More than 1.8 million people in the U.S. are now living with amputations. Some suffer in silence and despair, while others live rich, fulfilling lives. My mission will be to help you obtain the compensation, medical care and services you need to face the future with hope.