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Common Causes Of Amputation Injuries

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The loss of a body part in an accident is one of the most traumatic experiences that a person can go through. Amputation injuries happen far more often than most people realize, and victims that suffer this type of harm deserve to be compensated for their loss. At Gilde Law Firm, our experienced Houston amputation injury attorneys are prepared to zealously advocate for you after an accident. To learn more, call or contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation.

Types of Amputation Injuries

There are two main types of amputation injuries: traumatic and surgical amputations. Traumatic amputation injuries occur during an accident, where the physical forces involved in the accident are so great that it results in a part being separated from the rest of the body. A surgical amputation occurs after the accident in the hospital if a medical professional determines that the extent of damage to a body part is too great and must be removed. Both types of amputation injuries can be catastrophic for accident victims, and they often require extensive medical treatment as well as lengthy rehabilitation.

Amputation Injury Causes

An amputation injury can be caused by many different types of accidents anytime the force is great enough to cause a traumatic amputation or the harm is significant enough to warrant a surgical amputation. Some of the most common causes of amputation injuries include the following:

  • Agricultural accidents,
  • Auto accidents,
  • Bicycle accidents,
  • Boat accidents,
  • Construction accidents,
  • Defective product accidents,
  • Electrocution accidents,
  • Explosion accidents,
  • Motorcycle accidents,
  • Pedestrian accidents,
  • Truck accidents,
  • Railroad accidents,
  • Workplace accidents, and others.

Regardless of the cause, a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney is your best chance at collecting the compensation owed after this type of devastating accident.

Compensation for Amputation Injuries

Compensation for accidents that result in amputation injuries include coverage of all economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to all out of pocket costs incurred by the victim, including all medical bills, lost wages, any property damage, and the loss of future income and earning potential. Noneconomic damages compensate a victim for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.

If the accident that caused an amputation injury occurred because of malice, fraud, or gross negligence on the part of those responsible, a victim may also be able to collect punitive damages, which are also known as exemplary damages. Punitive damages are meant to go above and beyond the typical damages to punish those responsible for their actions as well as serve as a deterrent to others who may consider similar action. There are limits to the amount of punitive damages available in a personal injury case, and a skilled attorney can advise whether your case may qualify for additional compensation.

Talk to Our Office Now

Have you or a loved one suffered an amputation injury in the Houston area? If so, the experienced and skilled personal injury attorneys at Gilde Law Firm are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your injury case.

Resource:

medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000006.htm#:~:text=Traumatic%20amputation%20is%20the%20loss,of%20an%20accident%20or%20injury

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