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Amputation

The loss of a limb is a traumatic experience. Some amputations result from diabetes or other diseases. In many cases, however, limbs are lost as a result of accidents.

If you have lost a limb through an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may have a personal injury claim for compensation. Schedule a consultation with our Houston injury attorney at The Law Offices of Willie D. Powells III and Associates, PLLC to find out if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.

Amputation Statistics

The Amputee Coalition provides the following data about limb loss in the U.S.:

  • Nearly two million people in the U.S. are living with limb loss.
  • Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. every year.
  • Hospital costs associated with amputation amounted to $8.3 billion in a recent year.
  • African Americans are up to four times more likely to suffer amputation than white Americans.

What Are the Major
Causes of Amputation?

The main causes of amputation, as reported by the Amputee Coalition, are:

  • Vascular disease (54%)
  • Trauma (45%)
  • Cancer (less than 2%)

What Types of Accidents
Cause Amputation?

Traumatic amputation occurs when a limb is lost because of an accident. Types of accidents that can result in amputation include:

  • Car accidents: Loss of a digit or a limb can occur with traumatic amputation in different types of car accidents, including rollovers, head-on collisions, T-bone collisions, and sideswipe accidents.
  • Motorcycle accidents: The impact of a crash can throw a rider from the bike with enough force to shatter a limb beyond repair, making surgical amputation the only option.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Pedestrian are completely unprotected in a crash. A moving 4,000 lb. passenger vehicle can cause a pedestrian to lose a limb in a collision.
  • Machinery accidents: Unsafe industrial equipment can amputate limbs. Accidental amputations can occur when workers are operating shears, power presses, rotating machinery and blades, slicing, punching, and stamping equipment; when limbs become trapped between conveyors or powered doors; and when clothing or jewelry is snagged in processing line mechanisms and the worker’s limb is severed in the machinery.

Recovering Compensation
for Amputation Injuries

If your amputation was caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to a recovery for your losses. Damages you may be able to claim include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional anguish

Why You Need a Lawyer for
an Amputation Injury Claim

If you have been involved in an accident caused by the negligence of another that resulted in amputation, you need an experienced personal injury attorney by your side. The other side has a lot to lose because of the severity of your injuries and high cost of recovery. Insurance companies are interested in their own bottom and will do all they can to minimize their payout. Our Houston injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Willie D. Powells III and Associates, PLLC will fight for your rights and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. We are always available to our clients by text, phone, or email.

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