I was severely injured while windsurfing in the Florida Keys a while back after a fishing boat hit me. I required several surgeries to fix my leg and foot, and Mr. Cleary helped me receive compensation for these injuries. I am very grateful for his help and highly recommend his services. He always conducts himself with the utmost integrity and is exceptional in what he does.
50K new amputations happen every year in the U.S. based on information from the National Center for Health Statistics. Approximately 2M people live in the US with limb loss. The most common injury 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, infection, tumors, cardiovascular disease, nerve injury, and congenital anomalies. In the course of one year, $3.6 billion were paid to over 12K victims of medical malpractice. Over 90% of these payments were obtained through settlement before trial.
What is considered fracture or amputation?
Unfortunately, people often sustain fractures and 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.
Accidents are common among the following forms of transportation:
Fractures occur when the body cannot withstand certain external forces. Broken bones and fractures caused by the negligence of others typically involve a high force impact or stress that results in a severe crack.
Amputation refers to the removal of a limb, which can be a part of a finger digit or a leg, and it can be due to external trauma or due to a medical emergency such as a bacterial infection.
When someone suffers a fractured bone or amputation caused by someone else's carelessness or negligence, the injured person will need specialized representation to recover the compensation he or she is entitled to.
Here are some typical examples of what can be the underlying cause of a fracture or amputation:
Road accidents: After being involved in an accident while driving or being struck by a truck while driving a smaller vehicle, the crush injuries may be very severe. An amputation may be necessary if your limb is crushed beyond repair or burned, without the possibility of being saved.
Defective toys or other faulty products: Injuries caused by dangerous toys can be severe and in some cases, even life-threatening. Older children playing with defective toys are likely to sustain fractures, sprains, strains, and dislocations.
Workplace accidents: People employed in workplaces that involve the use of heavy types of machinery such as on construction sites, mines, quarries, and factories are at a higher risk of suffering amputation injuries. This could be because of a heavy object falling from a great height and crushing a limb, a limb getting trapped in machinery, or a limb getting severed by some kind of cutting machinery. Miners are at high risk of being injured by explosions that happen within a confined space at great depth.
Laboratory accidents: Chemical spills are the most common type of laboratory accidents that may lead to amputation if the body part is so seriously injured that there is no other option.
Dog bites: The compression forces from the 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. Fractures associated with a dog bite are the most dangerous because they are correlated with puncture wounds from the dog’s teeth, allowing bacteria to potentially infect not only the skin wound but also the broken bone.
Nursing home falls: Falls are considered avoidable, yet they make up more than a quarter of the visits to emergency rooms among patients. Falls can result in fractures, infirmity, loss of independence and a definite loss of quality of life.
Medical negligence: If you had to have a limb amputated for medical reasons, that may be a cause to claim compensation. In many cases, when diseases such as deep vein thrombosis, diabetes or cancer are diagnosed and treated during the early stages, further complications may be prevented. Failure to diagnose such conditions early on can result in the disease becoming advanced, necessitating amputation of a body part. 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 be legally entitled to start a medical malpractice case to recover for the damage that the delay in treatment caused you.
Sean M. Cleary, personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary in Miami has extensive experience representing accident and medical malpractice victims and can help clients with fractures and amputations fight to ensure they receive the full compensation they are entitled to and protect their 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'll 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, and it's critical to recover enough compensation to afford any new devices that may improve your quality of life. In these terms, obtaining the maximum compensation becomes a necessity.
While no financial compensation can fully make up for the suffering caused by losing a limb, compensation can help minimize financial worries related to:
Loss of wages
Cost of life-long physical therapy
Changes to lifestyle
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 a Fracture or Amputation Case?
We have years of experience in fractures and 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
What Are the Estimated Long-Term Costs of an Amputation? »
The long-term costs associated with an amputation are on average between $100,000 and $500,000 because amputees are going to require multiple prescriptions of prosthetics. Ongoing access to high-quality prosthetics is crucial for someone who has suffered amputation. The lawyer representing you needs to have a real expertise, to be able to get the contacts with rehabilitation and prosthetic facilities.
How Much Compensation Can I Get for an Amputation in Miami? »
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.