What Is the Most Common Traumatic Amputation?
Roughly 30,000 traumatic amputations occur every year in the U.S. While these injuries can involve any extremity or body part, 70 percent of traumatic amputations involve the upper limbs.
Losing a limb is one of the most devastating injuries a person can endure. In addition to causing catastrophic physical damage, traumatic amputations can create extreme mental and emotional trauma and affect a victim’s ability to earn a living.
The physical, emotional, and financial costs of amputation injuries can quickly become overwhelming. For 45 years, the amputation injury lawyers at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd have served injury victims throughout Providence and other areas of Rhode Island. We know the challenges you may be facing and we are committed to helping you achieve the justice and compensation you deserve.
7 Most Common Causes of Traumatic Amputations
In the broadest sense of the term, every amputation is traumatic. However, the term traumatic amputation refers to the manner in which amputations occur, specifically, in a violent, unexpected event that results in the loss of a limb.
There are countless ways a traumatic amputation can happen. Statistically, the most common include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car collisions, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents
- Industrial accidents, including workplace, factory, and construction accidents
- Agricultural accidents, including lawn mower accidents
- Fireworks, explosives, and firearm accidents, including military-related injuries
- Electrocution accidents
- Ring traction accidents
- Car door and building accidents
Traumatic amputations are incredibly dangerous and often life-threatening events. In cases where the limb cannot be reattached, amputees usually undergo surgery to clean the wound, shape what bone remains in the damaged limb, and close it. This process could involve skin grafts and multiple surgeries.
How Common Are Amputation Injuries?
Amputation injuries affect many individuals and their families across the U.S. Roughly two million people in this country have lost a limb. Additionally:
- Sixty percent of people who suffer arm amputations are between the ages of 21 and 64.
- Nearly 80 percent of accidental amputation injury victims are male.
- The most common traumatic amputation accident involves the partial loss of a hand, with about 61,000 cases each year.
- Losing an arm is the second most common form of amputation.
- More than 600 U.S. children suffer amputation injuries caused by lawn mower accidents annually.
- Nearly 25 percent of amputations are caused by traumatic accidents.
Who Is Liable for My Amputation Injury?
If you lost a limb due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your subsequent losses. Following a traumatic amputation, you may be facing high medical bills, lost wages, and a diminished quality of life.
Proving negligence in a traumatic amputation injury case can be difficult. When pursuing justice for your losses, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced amputation injury lawyer who understands the complexities of these claims and knows how to build a strong case on your behalf.
The seasoned attorneys at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd have substantial experience in these cases. When building your case, our lawyers will:
- Conduct a thorough investigation into the event that caused your injury
- Gather evidence to support your case
- Determine which party (or parties) is responsible for your amputation
- Assess the value of your damages
- Discuss settlement with the insurance company
- Take your case to court, if necessary
Potential Damages In a Traumatic Amputation Injury Claim
A traumatic amputation can affect almost every aspect of your life. Since no two amputation injuries are the same, the amount of damages you can claim will depend on the unique circumstances in your case.
Depending on the details of your amputation injury, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your:
- Current and future medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Physical pain
- Emotional Suffering
- Ongoing physical and psychological therapy
- Prosthetic limbs or other medical devices
Your first step toward recovering the damages you deserve begins with a complimentary consultation with our amputation injury attorneys. During your initial case review, we will listen to your story, assess the merits of your case, and explain your rights and legal options.
Contact a Traumatic Amputation Injury Lawyer in Providence
The experienced attorneys at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact a traumatic amputation can have on your life. Our amputation injury lawyers are committed to helping you pursue the maximum compensation you need and deserve.
We have been recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other organizations for our exceptional results and record of success. We take pride in the justice we have achieved for our clients and the difference we have made in their lives.
If you lost a limb in an accident, contact Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd today online or at (401) 273-8330 for a free consultation. We serve clients in Providence and other areas throughout Rhode Island.