Car accidents can sometimes result in an amputation. Speed, large vehicles, and traffic issues can result in accidents that crush vehicles or result in ejections. Even the safest of vehicles can be no match for the forces at work when cars collide. Unfortunately, amputation injuries are more common in accidents than you might think. When it happens, however, the way the case is handled is key.
What to Understand About Amputation
Car accidents can be traumatic but that is not always how an amputation occurs. When an extremity is deprived of circulation, tissues can be damaged to the extent that saving the limb or digit is not possible. Then, surgical amputation must be performed. Also, some victims develop infections later that cannot be eliminated with antibiotics. Serious staph and strep infections can result in an amputation years after an accident. However, the driver that caused the accident in the first place is still liable for any injuries that result and that includes amputations, even when the amputation is performed long after the accident.
This sort of injury usually falls into the catastrophic category and is considered a permanent injury. These injuries can affect a victim's life in a dramatic and lasting manner. It's vital that victims seek help from a personal injury lawyer familiar with this level of injury. Victims may be eligible to be paid for:
- Medical expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Career and income losses for life.
- Alterations to the victim's living space, vehicle, and coverage of hard medical goods like wheelchairs, prosthetics, and more.
- Pain and suffering are paid at the highest possible level.
Use Care When Taking Action
Amputation victims may be entitled to a variety of damages from the other driver's insurer. It's important to seek help from a personal injury lawyer before making any other moves. Follow these tips to ensure payment of adequate damages:
- Don't speak to the other driver or their insurer.
- Don't speak about the accident on social media.
- Never agree to settle a case without a lawyer's help.
- You may be examined by a neutral doctor to determine your level of disability. This is known as an independent medical exam. If you disagree with the findings, you are entitled to a second opinion.
This type of case can take longer to settle because more goes into the calculation for damages and the negotiations. Be patient and focus on your recovery. Your lawyer will advocate for a good settlement for you.
To learn more, contact a company like Gayheart & Willis P.C.