When a victim suffers a serious injury such as an amputation of his/her arm, life changes dramatically. Even the simplest of tasks that a person takes for granted, such as tying shoelaces or buttoning a shirt, can seem impossible for a person to do.
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation or dismemberment injury in an accident, it is important that you choose an attorney who thoroughly understands California’s laws and statutes regarding amputation and dismemberment injuries. California Amputation and Dismemberment Injury Lawyer Fernando D. Vargas is an experienced trial lawyer who, since 1987, has effectively litigated thousands of personal injury cases including claims involving amputation and dismemberment injuries throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange, with an emphasis in the cities of Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Ontario, Chino, Fontana, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, which is located in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, has recovered millions of dollars in personal injury verdicts and settlements for their clients.
Causes of Amputation/Dismemberment Injuries
Causes of Amputation/Dismemberment Injuries
Amputation and dismemberment injuries involve the removal of an injured or diseased body part. Amputations are sometimes done surgically, as part of a planned operation that is necessary to prevent the spreading of a disease, such as an infected hand or foot. Other times, amputations or dismemberments occur as a result of a traumatic event or accident. There are 4 different types of amputations: dysvascular-, trauma-, cancer-, and congenital-related amputations.
These amputations are due to vascular disease (problems with blood vessels and circulation) and account for the majority of this type of amputations. Lower limb amputations account for more than 97 percent of all dysvascular-related amputations. Diabetic patients commonly undergo amputations due to poor circulation.
According to the National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC), upper-limb amputations accounted for the vast majority of all trauma-related amputations. Examples of trauma-related amputations include:
- Work-related injuries
- Automobile accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Train accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Dog Bites
- Electrocution accident
- Burn injuries
- Amusement park accidents
- Defective product
- Dangerous or hazardous condition on someone’s property
When someone has suffered an amputation or dismemberment, the injury is permanent. Many victims of amputations who have lost a limb or undergone an amputation are candidates for an artificial limb, also known as a prosthetic limb, which attaches to the victim’s stump.
There are four main types of artificial limbs:
- Transradial: replacing an arm that was amputated below the elbow
- Transhumeral: replacing an arm that was amputated above the elbow
- Transtibial: replacing a leg that was amputated below the knee
- Transfemoral: replacing a leg that was amputated above the knee
Even if the victim gets fitted with a prosthetic limb, his/her life is changed forever. Notwithstanding the advances medical science has made, no prosthetic limb can replace the feel, touch, and physical abilities of the human hand, arm, foot, and leg. Regardless of which limb is amputated, the victim will need to undergo extensive rehabilitation and training. If the victim’s amputation accident results in the loss of a hand or arm, he/she will have to re-learn how to do some of the simplest tasks, like tying a shoe, buttoning a shirt, or zipping his/her pants. Tasks that used to be second nature will now appear impossible until a new skill is learned.
In addition, sometimes the amputation or dismemberment can cut a large artery, causing significant amount of bleeding. Significant blood loss can cause additional injuries, including severe brain damage and death.
When someone is seriously injured from an amputation accident, the victim and his/her family may recover both economic and non-economic damages to compensate them for their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Physical therapy• Occupational therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of household services
- Assistive devices and transportation
- Prosthetic limbs
- Physical pain and suffering – including “Phantom” pain
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Inability to perform certain functions
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas will put together a team of highly qualified and experienced expert witnesses who will be diligent in proving all your damages. In addition, his team of experts will put together a comprehensive life plan for your future.