One of the most serious injuries a person can experience in a car accident is an amputation. This is an injury that not only has a significant short-term impact and cost but has a long-term impact and cost too. Keep reading to discover the true costs of an amputation injury, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been involved in this type of accident and require a free legal consultation.
The Many Damages Involved in an Amputation Case
There are several types of damages you might be eligible for, including economic damages. These are the types of damages that have a specific amount associated with them, such as medical costs or lost wages. Non-economic damages are the opposite – they are damages that do not have an easily quantifiable exact cost. That would include things like pain and suffering.
Finally, there are punitive damages. These are rarely issued. While economic and non-economic damages are issued to help the victim return as close as possible to the life they used to live, punitive damages are issued specifically to punish someone. For example, if a drunk driver caused an accident in which a person suffered an amputation, then the judge might issue punitive damages because the driver took such a huge risk.
The Ongoing Costs of an Amputation Injury
Some injuries heal and never cost the victim another dime. That is certainly not true of amputation injuries. This type of injury can require significant treatment both in the short- and long-term, including surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological therapy. In addition to medical costs, a person who has a limb amputated often is unable to continue working the job they used to, which can lead to significant changes in their income.
Pain and Suffering and Loss of Enjoyment of Life
There is no question that an amputation injury almost always involves a significant amount of pain. While money cannot take this away, it can help a person invest in treatments and options that reduce the pain. Likewise, a person who loses a limb might experience a temporary or permanent loss of enjoyment of life. Money cannot bring this back, but it can help to bridge the gap.
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If you have had a limb amputated due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, then you might have grounds for legal action. We recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. There is no risk, your call is confidential, and there is no cost. Call now to get started.