Severe injuries can change the lives of the victim and their families in an instant. Many traumatic injuries require extensive medical treatment, may cause victims to miss work indefinitely, and can lead to physical and emotional pain. When injuries involve losing a limb or other permanent disabilities, the recovery process and emotional toll can be even greater. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury due to an accident from a motor vehicle accident, premises liability accident, construction accident, defective product, or any other type of accident, you may have a strong claim.
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our catastrophic injury attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal experience. We take pride in protecting the legal rights of clients injured due to the negligent or reckless actions of another party. Our firm will seek to use our experience and knowledge to seek full and fair compensation for our clients, as we have been doing in our local New Jersey communities.
Reach out to speak with a dedicated Bloomfield amputation lawyer today.
Common Causes of Amputation Injuries
Losing a limb is generally the result of a violent and traumatic event. Unlike other serious injuries which can result from seemingly minor accidents, there is little doubt about what is capable of causing a loss of limb or amputation injury:
- Motor vehicle accidents – accidents involving car, trucks, buses, trains, and more all have the potential to cause devastating physical injury due to the sheer forces involved.
- Construction Accidents – many construction accidents involve heights, heavy materials, and other dangerous conditions which could lead to potential loss of limb injuries.
- Criminal Activity – gunshot wounds, assault, and other acts of physical violence can potentially lead to amputations.
- Heavy Machinery – much like motor vehicle accidents, heavy machinery used in many professions has plenty of raw power to cause an amputation.
- Chronic illness – while generally not considered eligible for personal injury claims, a major cause of amputations is a chronic condition such as diabetes.
A skilled Bloomfield attorney can help individuals who suffer loss of limb injuries in any of the above scenarios.
Potential Damages for Amputation Injuries
Not all injury claims are considered equal in terms of recoverable damages. In addition to the nuts and bolts compensation to which you may be entitled such as medical bills, lost wages, and other incidental expenses, there is also pain and suffering. In New Jersey, “pain and suffering” refers to both the physical pain and the emotional distress that a victim experiences in the aftermath of an injurious accident.
Some typical considerations when determining compensation for pain and suffering can include:
- The degree and duration of physical pain
- How the physical pain may be altering the daily routine of the victim, including inability to enjoy life’s pleasures and inability to care for one’s self
- Physical pain’s effect on sleep habits and other health factors
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Psychological issues including depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, and more
Damages awarded for pain and suffering are often the largest in injury claims. Victims of loss of limb or amputation injuries may be entitled to up to five (5) times their incurred medical expenses, and in some cases, even more. New Jersey state law does not put a cap on financial compensation which can be owed for pain and suffering in personal injury claims (many states do have such a limit).
With loss of limb injuries, pain and suffering is a critical part of a claim, because the unique challenges that face victims are often recognized and compensated. For example, phantom limb syndrome can cause distress for victims as they struggle to cope with strange physical sensations in limbs which have been removed.
Victims of amputations also suffer psychologically from the often graphic and gruesome injuries they have sustained. None of this even touches on the extreme physical pain which accompanies such an injury. While no amount of money will ever return victims’ life to normal after the loss of a limb, our Bloomfield attorneys will still fight for the maximum payouts so that they may at least feel financially secure.
Contact a Bloomfield Amputation Attorney Now
The experienced legal team of The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman is led by a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction only earned by about two (2) percent of current attorneys in the state. With decades of local experience and millions in successful verdicts and settlements, we believe our track record speaks for itself. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury, allow us to protect your legal rights as we have done for clients throughout New Jersey.
Contact us now to speak with a Bloomfield amputation lawyer.