West Virginia Amputation Injury Lawyer
Amputation is defined as the surgical removal of a body part such as a limb or extremity. Amputation can be one of the scariest things for many people to imagine. Losing a limb, an eye, or any other body part can be a harrowing experience. A person who faces amputation is likely to suffer in a variety of ways, including:
- Physically. Amputees can suffer hardship completing tasks such as grasping or walking. Amputees may also suffer from lingering phantom pain (i.e., pain that feels like it is coming from the missing limb), as well as neuropathy.
- Emotionally/psychologically. Loss of limb can lead to sorrow and depression, and adjusting to life without a limb can be a difficult process.
- Financially. Amputation injuries can be extremely costly to treat, including surgeries, medication, rehabilitation therapies, equipment such as wheelchairs or walkers, and prosthetics. Lack of limb can also impact your ability to work, reducing your financial stability in the long run.
- Socially. While no one should be ashamed to have lost a limb, amputees can suffer from social embarrassment or low self-esteem as a result of their injuries.
These elements are all damages for which an amputee can recover if their injury was caused by the negligence of another. If you lost your limb in a serious accident in West Virginia, contact our aumptation injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson as soon as possible for a free consultation on your case.
Common causes of amputation injuries
Trauma-related amputation injuries can come from a variety of accidents. These include:
- Traffic, train, or airplane accidents
- Construction accidents
- Product defects leading to severed limbs or severe burns
- Worksite accidents resulting from unsafe conditions
If your injury was caused by the actions of another person, whether due to a negligent driver, unsafe working conditions, a defective product, or some other cause, an experienced personal injury attorney can ensure that you get the recovery you are owed from the person or people that injured you.
Data on amputation injuries
Around 1.8 million Americans are currently living with amputations. The most common amputation surgery is amputation of the leg, either above or below the knee.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the manufacturing industry has the highest rate of amputation injuries among workers. In fact, over half of all amputations connected to workplace injury were from manufacturing. In 2015, there were over 5,700 amputations connected to nonfatal workplace injuries. The rate of amputations in manufacturing increased to 2.1 cases per 10,000 workers in 2015 from 1.7 cases in 2014. The second-most dangerous career area for workplace amputation injury was justice and public safety, suffering 2.0 cases of amputation per year per 10,000 workers.
West Virginia Attorneys Help With Loss of Limb
If you or a loved one has suffered injury leading to amputation in West Virginia, contact the seasoned, effective, and dedicated Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a no-cost consultation on your case, at 304-263-0900 or 304-LAWYERS.