NYC Amputation Injury Lawyer
Did you suffer an amputation due to someone else’s negligence? You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, lost earnings, medical bills, and more. Amputation injuries resulting from workplace accidents, car accidents, and even medical malpractice can all give rise to personal injury cases in New York, New York.
Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. have represented amputation victims for more than 40 years. Call our law office today for a free consultation with a NYC amputation injury lawyer who can help you fight for the compensation you need.
How Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. Can Help After You Suffer an Amputation Injury in NYC
When your life is forever changed by a traumatic amputation, you should not have to fight with an uncaring insurance company trying to limit their payout. Your damages are extensive, and you will likely face financial losses for the rest of your life.
The aggressive NYC personal injury attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. will take over the battle with the insurance company to fight for the money you deserve.
Our law firm has a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating, and we have been named among America’s Top 100 Attorneys. We have a proven track record of achieving life-changing settlements for our clients, including multi-million-dollar awards. Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. will put four decades of legal experience to work for you to fight for your financial security.
Hire Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. and we will:
- Handle all administrative tasks
- Offer sound legal advice
- Investigate the circumstances of your accident to gather evidence
- Build the strongest case possible with medical and financial experts to prove causation and your damages
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
- Take your case before a jury if the insurer’s settlement offer is not fair
Call our law office in New York, New York today to discuss your case with a NYC amputation injury lawyer. We will give you the support and legal guidance you need at every step of your case.
How Common Are Amputation Injuries?
There are nearly 2 million people in the United States currently living with a lost limb. Every year, about 185,000 amputations are performed in America. Of these, 30,000 are traumatic amputations.
Between the 1980s and 1990s, about 54% of amputations were due to vascular disease like diabetes, while 45% were caused by traumatic amputation. Vascular amputation now accounts for 82% of all amputations performed.
70% of traumatic amputations caused by an injury or accident involve upper limbs. About three-quarters of all upper body amputations are caused by some type of trauma. Vascular disease is more likely to affect the legs and feet.
The fingers are the most common traumatic amputation, followed by arms.
Overview of Amputation Injuries
Amputation is the removal of part or all of a limb or extremity. Amputation comes in many forms: it may be traumatic, or it may be a planned surgery. It can be caused by surgery, disease, or injury.
Types of Amputation Injuries
An amputation may be classified as partial/incomplete or complete. A complete amputation means there are no structures like ligaments or muscles connecting the amputated extremity to the body. In a partial amputation, some structures may still be intact.
Amputations may also be classified as either distal or proximal. A proximal amputation is the amputation of anatomy near the core of the body. This may be an arm amputated at the shoulder, for example. Distal amputations, which are more common, affect distant body parts like toes or fingers.
Traumatic amputation is a specific type of amputation that is non-surgical. This involves partial or total limb loss due to an accident, injury, or traumatic event. Amputations resulting from trauma are less common than amputations that are surgical.
What Are the Long-Term Consequences of an Amputation Injury?
Amputation is considered a catastrophic injury. The loss of a limb has permanent effects and results in disability.
Following an amputation, you will probably be facing a lengthy, painful recovery. Physical therapy after amputation can be intensive as you relearn how to perform tasks. You may struggle to enjoy your hobbies, be unable to work, and face life-long disability and pain.
Sadly, amputation victims also face the risk of complications and long-term consequences.
An amputation injury can result in:
- Reduced dexterity and mobility
- Trouble returning to work or an inability to work
- Social isolation
- Mental anguish, depression, and PTSD
- Painful muscle contractions
- Chronic fatigue
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Phantom limb syndrome
Phantom limb syndrome after an amputation deserves special attention. This side effect is estimated to affect 80% to 100% of amputees. It causes phantom sensations in the lost limb, which may feel like tingling or pain and may be mild or very severe. The sensations feel as if they are coming from the missing limb. They are caused by the brain receiving signals from the nerves once connected to the limb.
What Causes Amputation Injuries in NYC, New York?
Most amputations in the United States are surgical and the result of illness such as vascular disease or cancer. Peripheral vascular disease and diabetes are the most common causes of amputation.
Traumatic amputation can be caused by any type of serious accident or injury.
Motor vehicle accidents cause many traumatic amputations. This includes car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. An amputation is often the result of a crushing injury.
Workplace accidents are another top cause of amputation, especially in warehouses, factories, construction sites, and agriculture. Most workplace amputations happen due to unguarded machinery and power tools.
Medical malpractice may also result in an amputation. Loss of limb can result from failure to treat, failure to diagnose, or a surgical error. For example, malpractice may allow a disease like peripheral artery disease or diabetes to worsen to the point of requiring amputation.
What Is My Amputation Case Worth?
The cost of your amputation injury claim depends on many factors, including the circumstances of your accident, type of amputation, insurance coverage, and how your life has been affected. However, amputation injury cases tend to have a very high value.
An amputation comes with expensive medical bills, which can account for a large share of your claim’s value. The John Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy found the average amputation has a lifetime cost of $509,272 in medical care alone.
The value of your case includes costs such as:
- Follow-up hospitalization
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Outpatient doctor visits
- Prosthetics. A prosthetic device can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 and generally lasts no more than 5 years.
If you are unable to return to work, your lost earning capacity will be calculated into the future based on life expectancy, earnings, and more. These types of damages can add significant value to your claim, particularly if you are young and/or earned a high wage.
With a catastrophic injury, non-economic losses like pain and suffering and mental anguish have the potential to account for the bulk of the claim’s value. Your economic losses can be multiplied by up to 5 times to compensate you for these damages.
Many factors must be considered to value your claim accurately. It’s important to consult with a NYC personal injury lawyer who has experience in valuing catastrophic injury claims.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Amputation Injury in New York City, New York?
If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you may be entitled to a broad range of damages. You are entitled to be made as whole as possible after your accident. Economic damages, such as your medical costs, are awarded to compensate for your financial losses. You may also be entitled to losses that are non-monetary in nature, like pain and suffering.
You may be entitled to money for the following types of damages:
- Medical bills, including the anticipated future medical expenses you will face
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Because an amputation is almost always considered a very high-value injury, the insurance company will likely fight to undervalue your claim. Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. will help you build a case for maximum compensation for all your losses.
How Long Do I Have to File an Amputation Injury Lawsuit in New York?
You generally have just three years from the date of your accident to file a New York personal injury lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you will be barred from recovering any compensation from the at-fault party with few exceptions.
If your amputation case involves medical malpractice, you have only 2.5 years from the date of the injury to file your claim. There are a few exceptions to this New York statute of limitations, such as failure to diagnose cancer.
The statute of limitations is much shorter if you have a claim against the state of New York or one of its counties or cities.
Contact a NYC Amputation Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Do not let the insurance company treat you unfairly or attempt to minimize the value of your claim. With life-long consequences and permanent disability, you deserve full compensation for the best quality of life possible.
Contact Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. today for a free case review with a NYC amputation injury lawyer ready to help you.