Amputation Loss of LimbPersonal Injury Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide and Throughout Texas in Cases Involving Limb Amputation Our hearts go out to ex-military or survivors of catastrophic accidents who have lost limbs. When getting on with life and overcoming challenges, many demonstrate extreme courage and fortitude. Car accidents, offshore drilling, oil field drilling, timber and pulpwood accidents, wood and paper mill accidents, farm equipment accidents, motorcycle and ATV accidents, construction injuries, explosions, defective products, and a variety of workplace injuries are some common causes for such traumatic injuries. Some of these incidents partially or completely sever or crush limbs, resulting in partial or total amputation. In other instances, doctors must make judgment calls for amputation to prevent widespread infection that jeopardizes life or could potentially cause other complications. In any case, amputation results in permanent injury, and victims must adapt to lifestyle changes using wheelchairs or prosthetic limbs. Many victims must pursue a different career. At Bush Lewis, our Texas personal injury lawyers assist clients in amputation cases nationwide and throughout Texas by holding responsible parties accountable and seeking compensation.
Amputation in Work AccidentsMany jobs involve machinery, which creates a risk for amputation accidents. Malfunctioning machines, lack of proper training, poorly maintained equipment, and failure to implement safety precautions and standards set by OSHA can result in dismembered fingers and limbs. Types of machinery often involved in amputation accidents include:
- Food slicers
- Milling machines
- Power presses
- Conveyor belts
- Meat grinders
- Chain saws
- Farm machinery
- Offshore and oilfield drilling accidents
Amputation Caused by Medical MalpracticeNot all amputations result from accidents and some are medically preventable. Malpractice cases arise where surgeons perform unnecessary amputations or amputations occur through medical error, such as operating on the wrong patient, causing an injury in medical care that requires amputation or removing the wrong limb. These are blatant examples of medical malpractice. Other more subtle malpractice situations involve the failure to properly treat a wound or a lack of post surgery follow-up to monitor circulation and ensure no infections or complications. Medical delays may also require a physician to deal with gangrene through amputation. Our skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers at Bush Lewis can help you evaluate whether medical malpractice played a role in you or your loved one’s amputation.
Treatment and RehabilitationAmputations cause medical, physical and employment problems that include distinctively different issues than most other injuries. “Phantom limb” is a phenomenon that up to 80% of amputees experience, where they feel sensations in the missing limb area, such as itching, pain, discomfort, heat, burning, or cold. Therapies used to deal with phantom limb may involve the use of:
- Anti-seizure drugs
- Local anesthesia
- Nerve blocks
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Other medications
Occupational TherapyOccupational therapists work with amputees to help them develop daily living skills so they can return to a somewhat normal life and be as self-sufficient as possible. They train patients how to put on and take off a prosthesis, take care of it, walk on different surfaces, perform daily activities using it, and prepare them for functioning in an emergency, such as after a fall. When patients become more adept, they can explore the possibility of sports or recreational activities, but they never have the miraculous arm and hand or leg and foot with which God blessed them. Amputees may not be able to perform their previous job activities, and some may not be able to work at all. For those who can work, vocational programs may be part of their rehabilitation, requiring them to re-invent themselves in terms of a new occupation.
Legal help throughout the process of dealing with amputationIf you or a loved one suffers from an amputation, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you by:
- Identifying responsible and potentially accountable parties who are possible sources of compensation
- Filing a claim or lawsuit
- Proving negligence
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Working to maximize compensation through settlement or litigation
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