The amount of compensation you can get for an amputation depends on the following aspects: loss of present and future earnings, the cost of prosthetics, medical expenses, emotional stress, pain and suffering, and the inability to do engage in certain activities. Amputation is a very long, life changing process. When somebody else is liable for an accident which has resulted in an amputation, you are entitled to ask for your independence and self-respect back, and you would want to make sure you have access to state of the art prosthetics.
The amount you can claim depends on your particular circumstances, but there is no definitive answer to this. Medical bills and lost wages are easier to predict because precise damages like these will mostly be based on the amount you demonstrate you paid or lost and will continue to pay or lose. Monetary predictions for subjective, less concrete damages like pain and suffering are estimated based on awards in similar broken bone cases. Various factors are influencing this amount, such as:
How the broken bone affects you is also critical in valuing damages. If you are a very active person, your damages based on the loss of quality of life will likely be higher in the eyes of a jury than if you had been relatively physically inactive before the fracture. However, if you had a prior fracture that made you more susceptible to re-injury, the damages that you are entitled to might go down. The defendant could be liable for the full extent of lost wages or diminished earning capacity if the fracture temporarily or permanently prevents you from making a living.
Victims who suffered amputation after an accident should always work with an experienced Miami personal injury attorney. Mr. Sean M. Cleary understands the lifelong impact that can come with amputation and he is fully aware how important is for victims to recover full compensation for their damages.