What Determines Compensation in an Amputation Accident?
Personal injury accidents that result in amputation, or the loss of a body part, are incredibly traumatic for victims. This type of injury can have catastrophic impacts on every aspect of a victim’s life for the rest of their life. Amputation injuries deserve to be fully compensated after an accident in order to help victims as much as possible while they transition to this new way of living, and the experienced Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call or contact the office today to schedule a free evaluation of your claims.
The Type of Amputation Injury
The first element that determines compensation in an amputation injury is the type of loss that occurred. The body part affected by the accident contributes significantly to compensation. For example, a victim is compensated more for the loss of a leg than the loss of a toe. However, the way in which the amputation injury occurred can also impact the amount of compensation. Typically, amputation injuries are either traumatic or medical. Traumatic amputation occurs during the accident, where a body part is crushed, torn, or otherwise separated from the body. A medical amputation can take place days or weeks after an accident after a healthcare professional deems the body part medically necessary to remove.
The Extent of Medical Treatment
The next element that determines compensation for an amputation injury is the extent of the medical treatment necessary after the accident. Traumatic amputation often require multiple surgeries, treatment, and lengthy hospital stays to ensure that the amputation has been cared for properly. However, a medical amputation can also require substantial hospitalization to ensure that no infection or other side effects are impacting the amputation after the procedure. Rehabilitation, physical therapy, medical devices, and other medical treatment is also covered in a personal injury claim.
Impacts on Work
The impacts of an amputation injury on the victim’s ability to work can also contribute to a personal injury claim. Not only is a victim able to collect for any lost wages incurred as a result of hospitalization and recovery immediately after the accident, but they can also collect compensation for the future loss of income and benefits if the amputation renders them unable to fully return to their former profession.
Intangible Effects of the Injury
Finally, the intangible effects of an amputation injury are calculated as part of an amputation injury claim. The level of pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life are all included in the compensation for the personal injury claim. If a victim has struggled substantially after the loss of a body part, the court will attempt to alleviate some of that suffering through their compensation claim.
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Have you or a loved one suffered an amputation injury in the Nashville area? If so, you need the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates representing your claims. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your personal injury case now.