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Sean M. Cleary
Top Rated Amputation Attorney in Miami
Amputation Following An Accident or Medical Malpractice in Miami
Sadly, nearly 2M people live in the U.S. with limb loss. According to studies, by 2050, the numbers may increase with 185K new amputees per year. The most common injury that affects Americans is partial hand amputation with loss of 1 or more fingers (61K people), and the next common is the loss of one arm (25K people). Causes of amputation include traumatic accidents or medical emergencies - infection, tumors, cardiovascular disease, nerve injury, and congenital anomalies. When someone else is to blame for amputation, the victims deserve to be fully compensated. The sums recovered for victims of medical malpractice - including those of amputation - over the course of one year were $3.6B, paid to over 12K people.
Amputation refers to the removal of a limb, which can be a part of a finger digit, an arm or a leg. People often sustain amputations as a result of someone else's negligence or deliberate wrongful conduct. For example, amputations often occur in car, motorcycle, and truck accidents. Frequently, these catastrophic injuries could have been avoided. Motor vehicle accidents leading to amputation are common among the following forms of transportation:
Amputation Injury Cases We Handle & Investigate in Miami & Florida
If you, or a family member, suffered an amputation caused by someone else's negligence or carelessness, you will need specialized representation to recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Here are some examples of what can be the underlying cause of an amputation:
Road accidents: After being involved in a motor vehicle accident or being struck by a truck, the crush injuries you suffer may be very severe. An amputation may be necessary if your limb is crushed beyond repair or burned without the possibility of being saved.
Medical negligence: Amputation caused by medical issues may make you eligible to claim compensation if medical negligence was involved in your case. When diseases are diagnosed and treated in the early stages, serious complications can be avoided. But when diseases become advanced and medical professionals fail to diagnose them early on, the amputation of a body part may become necessary. If you had to have a surgical amputation because you did not receive the appropriate treatment due to a missed, delayed or wrongful diagnosis, the medical professional who treated you may be found negligent. In this case, you may start a medical malpractice case to recover for the damage that the delay in treatment caused you.
Construction site accidents: People working on construction sites or employed in other workplaces that involve the use of heavy machinery, such as mines, quarries, and factories, are at a higher risk of suffering amputations. The causes of accident and injury can be diverse: objects falling from heights and crushing a limb; a limb getting trapped in machinery; or a limb getting severed by a cutting machine. Miners are at a high risk of being injured by explosions inside a confined space at great depth. Chemical spills are another common accident that may lead to amputation if the body part is so seriously injured that surgery is the only option.
Accidents caused by defective products: Consumer products, such as defective chairs, kitchen appliances, dangerous toys, playground equipment, and recreational equipment can cause serious injuries.
Dog bites: The compression forces from a dog’s jaw are strong enough to crush the bones inside the body, resulting in a fracture where the bones are broken into several pieces. These injuries can even lead to amputations, especially in children.
Sean M. Cleary, personal injury attorney at the Miami-based The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary has extensive experience representing accident and medical malpractice victims and, if you suffered an amputation injury, he can help you fight to receive the full compensation you are entitled to and protect your rights.
A new prosthetic leg can cost from $5K to $50K. However, even the most expensive ones will deteriorate in 3-5 years, so you will need to replace them several times throughout your lifetime. This is only a part of the financial burden you're facing when losing a limb. Many amputees deal also with swelling or shrinkage of the stump, which necessitates other changes in the prosthetic.
Adaptive technology develops very fast, that is why it's important to recover sufficient compensation to afford any new devices that may improve your quality of life. Therefore, obtaining maximum compensation is a necessity.
While no financial compensation can fully make up for the suffering caused by losing a limb, it can help you minimize financial worries related to:
Loss of wages
Cost of life-long physical therapy
Sean Cleary recognizes the importance of just compensation for amputation victims and is dedicated to providing practical assistance to maximize the settlement or trial verdict in these cases.
How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in an Amputation Injury Case?
We have years of experience in amputation-related cases. What differentiates our practice is that we fully engage in understanding our clients and how their life was affected by a personal injury. We spend time with them and follow their daily routines to note significant details that will strengthen their case. Besides carefully gathering all the pieces of evidence, we're also working with the expert witnesses who will testify during a potential trial, increasing the chances of obtaining maximum compensation.
In building the case, we rely on the best experts, such as:
Architects who can give advice on all the home requirements and adaptations you may need to make
Prosthetics experts who can help in choosing the adequate and most advanced prosthetics on the market
Occupational consultants who will support you through rehabilitation
Accountants who will cover the financial matters and loss of earnings issues