Houston Amputation Attorneys
Nationwide Representation for Victims of Traumatic Loss of Limb
Years ago, a construction superintendent was standing behind a safety fence during a drilling project. He was overseeing a project that involved using a drilling auger attached to a crane, which allowed them to do deep foundation drilling. The auger got stuck, and while the operator attempted to unstick the drill, the crane collapsed on our client. His injuries forced his doctors to make an above-the-knee amputation.
Our client didn’t have a desk job. He worked in construction—the loss of his leg meant the loss of his career (and more directly, the loss of his income). Just as importantly, the loss of his leg created incredible mental anguish, trauma, and physical pain. Over three weeks, our Houston amputation lawyers argued that our client needed significant financial support to overcome his injury and move on with his life. The jury agreed.
Our client was awarded $44 million—the largest award for an amputee victim in U.S. history.
The Cost of a Lost Limb
Losing a limb is trauma by itself. Losing a limb due to a catastrophic accident can leave people in pain and anguish for years, making it harder for them to earn a living. Even with the right financial resources in place, limb prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars—not including the time spent adjusting to using it, the hours of physical therapy, and the lost work efficiency due to using it.
The effects of amputation include:
- Loss of mobility and dexterity
- Stump and phantom limb pain
- Muscle contractures
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Body image issues
- Social isolation
One study found that amputees were facing tens of thousands of dollars in care costs on average from hospital and professional fees without accounting for prosthetic costs. When the cost of using/buying prosthetics was added in, patients’ lifetime expenses reached six figures on average. Just for treatment—not counseling, not emotional pain and suffering, not the loss of a career or the grief that comes from losing a piece of yourself.
The loss of a limb is mental, physical, and emotional. The results of your case should reflect that.
Speak with Our Houston Amputation Lawyers Today: (888) 493-1629
Proving that negligence caused or necessitated amputation means one thing for amputees: the ability to start over without fear or stress. If you can build a case against an employer, a driver, an insurer, or a manufacturer, then we may be able to help you fight for the resources you need: quality treatment, lost wages, future earnings, and long-term rehabilitation.
People turn to our Houston amputation attorneys because we’ve:
- Won billions of dollars for our clients
- Set state and national records with our victories
- Won hundreds of case results worth $1 million or more
- Won cases for our clients in more than 40 states
Arnold & Itkin has helped our clients rebuild their lives—to provide for their families, find new careers, and keep their homes. Our work has helped people find hope again. Together, we can fight to hold your wrongdoer accountable and force them to do right by you and your loved ones.
Amputation Injury FAQ
What are the most common causes of traumatic amputation?
Unplanned amputation, arising from an accident or injury, is often referred to as traumatic amputation or loss of limb. It is estimated that about 30,000 people experience traumatic amputations in the United States each year.
The leading causes of accidental traumatic amputation are:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Industrial injuries
- Agricultural accidents
- Electrocution accidents
- Door accidents
For these people and their families, life will never be the same. They must deal with the emotional trauma of losing a part of their bodies and will have to re-learn tasks and movements that they used to take for granted: walking, running, picking up objects, fine motor skills, and more. These victims deserve to see justice served.
Amputation is an obviously traumatic injury. Why do I need an attorney?
If you lost a limb or extremity in an accident or had to have it surgically removed because it was severely damaged, it is very obvious that you experienced a catastrophic injury. It’s only fair that you should get the medical care, ongoing treatment, and financial support you so obviously need. Unfortunately, insurance companies are more interested in protecting their profits than paying high settlements to cover an amputee’s expenses. Negligent corporations are quick to protect shareholder interests at the expense of their hard-working employees or people who have been injured by their products or actions. Your attorney will be your voice and your champion like no one else can. At Arnold & Itkin, we know how difficult life can be after traumatic amputation. Our Houston injury lawyers believe nothing is more important than helping the injured get the answers and compensation they need.
What type of compensation can I recover in an amputation injury claim?
An amputation injury claim should cover every single expense, loss, and wrong that a victim has experienced. This includes medical treatment and ongoing care, plus the cost of physical therapy and prosthetics, as well as medication and other medical supplies or assistive devices. It also includes lost income or loss of future earnings, as many amputees cannot return to the same work that they previously performed or may be unable to work for an extended period of time. An amputation lawsuit should also cover emotional trauma, which can be extensive after this type of devastating injury. Compensation should be awarded for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other psychological trauma. A recovery cannot erase the consequences of the accident itself, but it can help a victim and his or her family get the support they need to restore their lives and face brighter futures.
Dial (888) 493-1629 or contact us online to tell us what happened. We can fight to help you rebuild your life.