“Disability is isolation,” said a man whose leg was amputated after a serious injury. It’s this type of realization that many victims of amputation injuries are forced to cope with after an accident. A Canadian man was walking between two areas in a mall that was under construction when he was struck and run over by a fork lift. As a result of the accident the victim sustained severe injuries, including amputation of his leg, a concussion and cuts to his head and injuries to his neck, back, shoulder, limbs and torso.
The current personal injury claim for the amputation injury alleges that the West Edmonton Mall was negligent for failing to keep the shopping center in a safe condition, failing to provide any sign or warning of the unusual danger created by the construction and for allowing Bay Drywall to operate an unsafe piece of equipment. It also alleges Bay Drywall was negligent for failing to properly train their employees in how to safely operate a Snorkel lift, failing to have a second employee walking in front of the aerial lift to warn oncoming pedestrians and failing to keep the lift in good mechanical condition.
Workers compensation laws prohibit lawsuits against one’s own employer, but if a third party that is not directly part of the project at hand is responsible for a defective product, a negligent action, or some other regulatory violation, our personal injury lawyers know how to investigate and bring such third-party claims on behalf of injured clients or family members.
Representing clients who have a lawsuit involving an amputated thumb, finger or arm involves many unique issues. Working with a variety of professionals that treat amputation injuries is absolutely necessary, but also dealing with the psychological and mental aspects of losing a limb, finger or thumb requires special attention. This article explores some of these issues. Even the simplest of tasks that most people take for granted can be a huge obstacle for an amputation victim. If you lose a thumb it is nearly impossible to even button your own or even use a simple kitchen utensil.