There are few injuries more catastrophic than suffering an amputation. The loss of a limb or dismemberment injury changes the victim’s life forever. In addition to pain and suffering, amputation accidents have a profound effect on the victim’s ability to go about their routine, daily activities or earn an income.
If you have lost a limb in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, Florida state law gives you the right to seek compensation for the damages resulting from your amputation injury.
Causes of Amputation Accidents in Florida
There are many ways a person could lose a limb due to someone else’s negligence:
- A car or truck accident caused by a negligent driver
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace hazards, such as improperly maintained or operated machines, or lack of proper safety training or equipment
- An accident caused by a defective part or product
- An accident resulting from dangerous conditions encountered while legally visiting a residential or commercial property
Drivers have a duty to drive safely, obey the traffic laws, and keep their attention focused on the road. Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for their employees. Doctors and other medical caregivers owe their patients a reasonable level of care. Property owners, managers, and occupants are required to protect their visitors from injury and harm.
When they fail in their responsibilities, serious accidents that result in amputation and other devastating injuries can occur.
Obtaining Compensation after Your Amputation Injury
Depending on the severity of your injury and the impact it has on your life, you may be entitled to damages including:
- Existing and anticipated medical expenses (such as prosthesis)
- Lost wages, loss of earning ability, and/or loss of employment
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- The inability to enjoy the hobbies and activities you engaged in before the accident
You will probably have to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for the losses related to your amputation injury. This can be a challenge, especially if you aren’t familiar with Florida law. For instance, did you know that you only have two years from the date of your accident in which to file a personal injury claim? If you wait any longer, the courts will probably refuse to hear your case.
In order to obtain the compensation you deserve, you’ll have to be able to prove a few things:
- You were involved in an accident.
- The accident was caused by the negligent actions of another (doctor, driver, employer, property owner, etc.).
- You suffered an amputation or other injury as a result of the accident.
- You’ve suffered damages and losses because of your injuries.
Most people in your position turn to a personal injury attorney for help.
How Will a Lakeland Accident Attorney Help?
The insurance company probably offered you a settlement that barely covers your present losses. A personal injury attorney will protect your rights and interests and fight to get you every penny of compensation you are owed for your life-changing injuries. It’s no secret that claimants obtain more money from the insurance company when they have a lawyer representing them.
A personal injury attorney can help you in other areas as well. They will be able to gather the evidence you need to support your personal injury claim. They have the experience to successfully negotiate a satisfactory compensation agreement. Your attorney will also be able to help you assign a dollar value to your damages, one that considers the full costs of your injuries.
Speak to Personal Injury Lawyer Tanis Rivas About Your Amputation Accident
The sooner you take action to protect your rights, the better your chances of obtaining the total compensation you deserve for your amputation injury. A personal injury claim can’t replace your lost limb, but it can provide the financial support you need during this difficult time.
If you’ve suffered an accident-related loss of limb in Central Florida, contact Rivas Law Group without delay. Lakeland personal injury attorney Tania Rivas has represented clients who have been seriously injured in a wide range of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, and premises liability accidents. Her exceptional legal knowledge and expertise have earned millions of dollars in settlements for her clients.
Contact Rivas Law Group through our website or call us at (877) 299-5539 to schedule a free introductory case evaluation with an experienced Lakeland amputation accidents lawyer. We handle amputation and other personal injury claims on a contingency basis. This means there are no retainers or upfront fees to you if we decide to accept your case. Tania collects her fees as a percentage of the compensation she obtains for you.