Los Angeles Amputation Injury Lawyers
Aggressive representation for clients with limb loss injuries throughout California
The leading cause of adult traumatic amputations is motor vehicle crashes. There are 2 million Americans living with amputations, with about half of those caused by trauma. Whether the traumatic amputation occurred in a car accident, in the workplace, because of preventable medical negligence, or because any other form of negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses.
McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP knows what it takes to hold parties accountable for amputation injuries caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. For more than three decades, our Los Angeles law firm has successfully represented clients who have sustained catastrophic, life-altering limb loss injuries, and obtained the financial compensation victims and their families need to restore stability and quality of life. If you or someone you care about has been injured because of negligence, schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case and learn about your legal options.
Causes of amputation injuries
Some of the causes of accidental or traumatic amputation injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Train accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Industrial agricultural accidents
- Lawnmower accidents
Amputation or traumatic limb loss injuries after a motor vehicle accident
If you suffered the loss of a limb in a motor vehicle accident, it is referred to as traumatic limb loss or traumatic amputation. Losing a limb causes permanent disfigurement, as well as severe emotional and psychological trauma. Some examples of the types of traffic accidents that might cause limb loss include:
- Broadside crashes
- SUV rollover accidents
- Head-on crashes
- Truck accidents
- ATV accidents
Amputation injuries due to medical malpractice
Amputating the wrong limb because of medical negligence is not a common error, but it is one that sadly occurs, nonetheless. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) calls these egregious medical errors "never events" because they are never supposed to happen. Amputating the wrong limb is classified as a "sentinel event," which the Joint Commission defines as "an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physiological or psychological injury, or the risk thereof." The AHRQ reports that wrong site, wrong patient or wrong procedure errors occur approximately once in 112,000 surgical procedures. While the numbers show this is an unlikely event, when it is your perfectly healthy leg that was taken by mistake, those statistics offer you no solace whatsoever.
Our trusted Los Angeles amputation injury lawyers are here to fight for the fair compensation you deserve when your life has been devastated by the horror of having a limb taken unnecessarily.
If I already know who caused my injury, do I still need to hire a lawyer?
Even if there is no doubt what caused your amputation injury, you will still require the services of an experienced Los Angeles amputation injury lawyer. Beyond investigating the cause of injury, we seek to discover all the parties who can be held liable for your injuries, and we gather the evidence needed to prove your case.
McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP also protects your right to receive fair compensation for your injuries. The insurance companies for the at-fault parties will do everything they can to make sure you recover as little money as possible for your injuries. As your advocate, we negotiate for the most favorable settlement, or we will take the case to trial if necessary.
How much compensation will I receive for my limb loss injury?
Because of the complex nature of amputation cases, it is difficult to estimate how much each claim might be worth. While we cannot guarantee a particular verdict or settlement, we can promise to aggressively pursue your case to ensure that you receive maximum monetary recovery for your injuries and related medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
If your amputation injury case is tried in court, the judge will direct the jury to consider many factors when coming up with the amount of money you as the plaintiff should receive if it’s determined the defendant's negligence was the cause of your injury. Depending on the details of your case, you might recover compensation for:
- All medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost wages
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other losses
What if I cannot afford to hire a lawyer for my amputation case?
At McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP, our Los Angeles amputation injury lawyers accept injury cases on contingency, which means that instead of paying a retainer fee up front, you do not pay any attorney fees until we recover compensation for you. We advance the initial costs of pursuing your case, which allows you to have trusted representation without worrying about how you will be able to afford it.
Our firm also offers a free case review in which you can meet with our legal team, discuss your case and receive sound legal advice about how you might proceed with your injury claim.
Contact our experienced Los Angeles amputation injury attorneys for free
If you sustained an amputation injury due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, the trusted Los Angeles attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP can help you pursue the financial security you need. Our amputation injury lawyers are prepared to be your advocates. Call 310.474.1582 or complete our contact form today to discuss your legal options.