If you have ever experienced a cast over your hand or your entire arm, you experienced for a very brief time, the kind of tragic loss of use of a finger, thumb, or limb that a person who suffers traumatic amputation suffers for a lifetime. Psychologically, if your finger, thumb, arm or leg is in a cast, you know that it’s just a matter of days or weeks till you will get much of that body part’s use back. But a person who has suffered an amputated body part, knows that there is no getting the use back and it is a terrible injury not only physically–but psychologically.
Any number of accidents can end with an amputated limb, finger or toe. Our firm, Shapiro & Appleton and Favaloro represented a worker who had his hand mangled and later needed to have his thumb amputated because a trailer slipped of a jack while he was working around the equipment. When he came to our firm he was unable to do perform the work that he had once done. Coping with traumatic injury is a long-term process, in which the survivor and their loved ones learn to function, and ideally accept their new circumstances.
This is why it is extremely important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to deal with limb loss. Your lawyer should present each and every aspect of an amputation or loss of limb. Failure to pay careful attention to the psychological impact of an amputated leg, hand, finger or toe is a big dividing point. These are some of the aspects that need to be presented in an amputation injury case:
· Medical Drawings and Illustrations:
A professional medical illustrator is needed to create these drawings to show the jury exactly how much damage your body has sustained. In order for the illustrator to draw this our firm must obtain all of the pertinent X‑rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc.
·Psychological/Mental Anguish Issues:
Coping with a traumatic amputation injury is largely dictated by the extent to which individuals receive the proper help and support. Various therapies and treatments are available to aid survivors in dealing with new emotions, such as anger, sadness, and grief.
Individuals may encounter discrimination based on their disability and it may also be difficult to find employment and some may even need to change careers due to their disability. Hiring a vocational counselor/expert is a very important part of any personal injury involving an amputation and a loss of job or career. These professionals conduct an interview and a battery of tests on a personal injury victim who has a substantial interference with their job or career and have substantial lost wages and lost earnings.
·Costs of Future Medical Expenses and Surgeries:
Prosthesis are very expensive, an upper extremity device (arm or hand) can range from $3,000.00 to $30,000. We can work with a life care planner in order to determine the costs of these future procedures and have these costs approved by the surgeon that may conduct the future surgery.