If someone injures you and you need an amputation because of that conduct, then you might be able to sue him or her for damages. The types of recovery you normally can obtain includes economic, non-economic, and potentially even punitive damages. Here is a quick guide to what you should look for:
- Medical Expenses: At-fault parties should compensate you for all healthcare costs associated with your amputation surgery, long-term treatment, and medications.
- Lost Income: If you cannot work because of the incident and subsequent amputation, then you should include this in the recovery you seek at trial because it definitely is something defendants are responsible for.
- Pain and Suffering: Amputations certainly cause long-term pain and suffering as well as intangible reductions in the quality of life because of disability, disfigurement, loss of self-worth and many other reasons. For all of these things, you should be compensated.
- Punitive Damages: If the defendant's behavior was particularly wanton and egregious, then you might be able to pursue and obtain punitive damages. They are meant to punish the wrongdoer and prevent similar acts in the future. They are heavily dependent on the facts and circumstances of your case but because amputations draw special sympathy from juries they might be possible.
For additional information see the following pages:
- What are the Facts About Amputation Accidents?
- What can I do if I Suffer an Injury Requiring an Amputation?
- What Illinois Laws Govern Amputation Cases?
- Who can I Pursue a Claim Against if I Suffer an Injury Requiring an Amputation?
- Do I Need to File a Lawsuit for My Amputation Within a Certain Time Period Under Illinois Law?
- What Have Other Plaintiffs in Amputation Cases Recovered?
- How can Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Help me With my Amputation Case?