Catastrophic injuries are considered any injury that causes the victim permanent harm, or an immediate, significant disability or pain. Amputations are one of the most noticeable and severe forms of catastrophic injury. Losing a digit, hand, foot, arm, or leg causes extreme pain, immediate debilitation, and lifelong complications.
Accidents that can cause an amputation injury may include:
The permanence and severity of an amputation injury will cause a large amount of damages to be suffered by the victim. Emergency medical attention will be required, as will extended hospitalization in most cases. The bills related to these forms of medical care can already range well into the tens of thousands of dollars.
However, special care is not done when an amputation patient leaves the hospital. In many cases, they will need rehabilitative care to help them adjust to the debilitation and possibly the lingering pain. Prosthetics are also used to treat amputation injuries, but might not be covered by healthcare insurance. The cost of the prosthetic can fall onto the amputation patient.
Work may also need to be performed on an amputation patient’s living space, which will call for costly renovations. For example, someone who has lost both legs will likely need a wheelchair ramp installed outside their home at all entrances and exits. Why should they be the one to pay for those changes?
Attorney Wes Pittman of The Pittman Firm, P.A. believes that accident survivors should not be the ones to pay for necessary care after suffering a serious injury that was not their fault. He fights diligently for his clients, as if he was representing his own claim, both in and out of court. If you or someone you love has suffered an amputation, then call (850) 764-0383 to connect with his firm. During a free, no-obligation case evaluation, you can discover your rights and how Attorney Pittman can uphold them.