The latest innovations in safety technology make it easy 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 financial compensation needed to cope with their loss and adjust to their new quality of life. We fight aggressively for our clients when pursuing the maximum amount of compensation available to discourage others from acting in a manner that can jeopardize the well-being of others.
Injuries and Conditions Requiring Amputation
Amputations are normally required when medical complications arise when doctors cannot save a life without taking the limb. Other times, the injury 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, like in an accident involving a large commercial truck or when a motorcyclist is pinned between two objects or underneath a vehicle. There may be little that doctors can do to repair the damage requiring the limb to 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, but if nothing more can be done if the limb has been severed or is mutilated to the extent that it will not heal despite the most advanced medical treatment, amputation may be the only option.
- The limb must be amputated to prevent the spread of infection. Lacerations open a pathway for powerful bacteria to enter the body. 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 patient's life.
The loss of a limb has a devastating and permanent impact on the victim’s life. He or she may never be able to enjoy many of the activities once taken for granted. The injury could result in the loss of income when the patient 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 can be an agonizing reminder of the traumatic event and make the victim’s thoughts nearly unbearable.
Our Chicago auto injury attorneys recognize the catastrophic impact that these injuries can have on victims. That is why our legal team works so hard to explore all avenues on how we can recover financial compensation on our client's behalf. The value of your case will include the cost of your medical treatment, lost wages, loss of opportunities, pain, suffering and a diminished quality of living.
Treatment and Expenses Related to Amputation Injuries
Modern technology and advances in prosthetics have allowed amputees to recover their lost mobility more than ever before, but these prosthetics are very expensive. 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 periodically with another prosthetic that costs the same as the original, or more.
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. Many victims simply cannot afford the treatment options that would be best suited for them without financial help from the driver at fault for the accident and injury. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers firmly believe that victims who have lost limbs in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident should be able to pursue whatever treatment option they wish to without worrying about the cost of their care and prosthesis. Our attorneys will do whatever is possible within the law to recover the compensation needed so our clients can return to the quality of life they enjoyed prior to the accident.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide award-winning legal services to thousands of clients throughout Illinois. Our legal team can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to receive after suffering a devastating injury in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. Our lawyers have an 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. Our lawyers will review your legal options with you and answer 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, rest assured that our services will be free of charge.