The latest innovations in safety technology make it easy for us to forget how deadly automobiles can be when operated in an irresponsible manner. Severe injuries can permanently impact the lives of unsuspecting victims who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to helping those who have endured such catastrophic injuries as the loss of a limb recover the compensation needed to help them cope with their loss and adjust to their new quality of life. It is our hope that by aggressively pursuing the maximum amount of compensation available that we can discourage others from acting in a manner that can jeopardize the well being of others.
Injuries and Conditions Requiring Amputation
Amputations are normally required either due to medical complications that arise which prevent doctors from being able to save a life without taking the limb or an injury that is so severe that the affected limb or digits are unsalvageable. Examples of injuries that may require the amputation of limbs or digits include the following.
- The limb is disfigured after being crushed; such as in an accident involving a large commercial truck or when motorcyclist is pinned between two objects or underneath a vehicle. There may be little that doctors can do to repair the damage and the limb may be amputated to limit the risk of additional complications which could threaten the victim’s life.
- The limb is severed during the accident or has been mutilated due to deep lacerations. While doctors will go to great lengths to save a limb, nothing can be done if the limb has been severed for a considerable period of time or is mutilated to the extent that it will not heal despite the most advanced medical treatment.
- The limb must be amputated to prevent the spread of infection. Lacerations make it possible for powerful bacteria to enter the body and when an infection threatens the life of a patient, doctors must make tough calls. If the bacteria are resistant to antibiotics or spreading rapidly through the surrounding tissue, an amputation may be the only option that will halt the progression of the infection and save the victim’s life.
The loss of a limb has a devastating and permanent impact on the victim’s life. He or she will never be able to enjoy many of the activities once taken for granted and the injury can result in the loss of income when he or she is unable to return to work or advance in a career due to the missing limb. To make things even worse, the victim may suffer regularly from phantom pains— which serve as an agonizing reminder of the traumatic event and make the victim’s life nearly unbearable.
Our Chicago auto injury attorneys recognize the catastrophic impact that these injuries can have and it is for this reason we work so hard to explore all avenues through which we can recover compensation on our clients’ behalves. The value of your case will include the cost of your medical treatment, loss wages, lost opportunity, pain and suffering and reduction in your quality of living.
Treatment and Expenses Related to Amputation Injuries
Modern technology and advances in prosthetics have allowed more amputees to recover their lost mobility than ever before, but these prosthetics come at a cost. The cost of a replacement limb can vary depending on the specific needs of the patient, but most will easily cost between $10,000 and $15,000. Artificial limbs are like machines, however, and susceptible to wear and tear over time, which means they will need to be replaced from time to time— with another prosthetic that carries a similar price tag.
The cost of the initial amputation, the prosthetic replacement and physical therapy required to help the patient adjust to the new limb can seem cost prohibitive and many victims simply cannot afford the treatment options that would be best suited for them. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers firmly believe that victims who have lost limbs in car, truck or motorcycle accidents should be able to pursue whatever treatment option they wish to without worrying about the cost of their treatment and prosthesis. We will do whatever possible within the law to recover the compensation needed to help our clients return to a quality of living that is closest to what they enjoyed prior to their accidents.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provides award-winning legal services to thousands of clients throughout Illinois and can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to after suffering devastating injuries in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Our lawyers have extensive legal knowledge, many years of experience and a proven track record of success. To learn more about how we can maximize your chances of winning or settling your case while protecting your interests, contact us to arrange a risk-free case review.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys will collect the information we need to get to work on your behalf, review your legal options with you and answer your questions so that you know exactly what you can expect from us. We work solely on a contingency basis, which means we will never accept payment for our services until we can secure the compensation you deserve on your behalf. If we fail to do so for any reason, you are assured that our services will be free of charge.