Texas Amputation and Limb Loss Injury Attorneys
Help when you have lost a limb due to negligence in Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth
Whether it happens as a result of immediate physical trauma, or from complications from an earlier incident, losing a limb or extremity is a severe and life-altering injury. Limb loss typically leaves a patient with permanent disability, physical challenges, and chronic pain, as well as a lifetime of medical bills. When amputation occurs because of the negligence of another, you deserve compensation – and justice – for the injuries you have suffered.
The catastrophic injury attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger have decades of experience working with survivors of limb loss and amputation injuries, whether due to accidents on the job, truck or car crashes, or medical malpractice. We can help you seek fair compensation for your injuries, helping you through every step of the legal process with compassion and understanding. With a legal nurse consultant on staff, we understand these types of medical claims inside and out, and will work with you to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
“It is to your credit to have Ladd Sanger on your team. His intelligence, skill, and hard work were invaluable to our case.” – Peter B., Client
How do limb loss injuries happen?
Limb loss, or amputation, is the removal of a body part like the finger, hand, toe, foot, arm, or leg. A person can experience limb loss through one of two ways.
Traumatic amputation is responsible for 45 percent of all amputations, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. This type of injury occurs when a person loses a limb in a serious accident, like a car wreck or truck crash, an industrial accident, explosion, or from a defective product. Limbs can be burned, crushed, or so badly damaged from an accident that they cannot be saved.
Surgical amputations are required when infection or disease affect a body part to the point that it puts a patient’s life at risk. A patient may also need surgical amputation when they experience trauma that cuts off blood flow to the affected limb for too long, like frostbite. Surgical amputation can happen among patients with complications from diabetes, cancer, infection, or birth injuries.
How often do limb loss injuries occur?
The Amputee Coalition of America gathers and analyzes statistics on people living with limb loss in the United States. They report that 2.1 million people live with limb loss and 185,000 Americans experience an amputation each year. This means 507 people lose a limb each day. The Coalition estimates that, by 2050, 3.6 million Americans will be living with limb loss. The vast amount of limb amputations are lower limbs, at 65 percent. They also list the three main causes of limb loss as vascular disease (54%), trauma (45%), and cancer (2%).
The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger work with a team of expert resources to investigate how your limb loss injury occurred and who was responsible.
What are the complications of an amputation injury?
A limb loss injury brings the risk of many potential complications that can last long after the initial trauma. However, depending on the circumstances of the accident, injury, and medical care, a limb loss patient can suffer a variety of other conditions, some of them life-threatening:
Edema, which can lead to wound breakdown, pain, and loss of mobility at the amputation site. This can cause problems with prosthetic fitting and other issues.
Infections at the surgical site, which can lead to what’s called “revision surgeries,” extended hospital stays, pneumonia, and reduced mobility.
Pain, including residual wound pain and phantom limb pain. Patients may also experience pain from ill-fitting prosthetics, musculoskeletal pain caused by changed gait patterns, and pain in areas adjacent to the amputated body part.
Who is liable for my Texas loss of limb injury?
Determining who is responsible for your injury depends on the facts and circumstances of your case. These parties could include employers, product manufacturers, trucking companies, medical professionals, private individuals, or property owners.
For example, if negligent medical care led to the amputation of a limb, the liable party may be a physician or hospital. If you lost several fingers to a defective piece of machinery, the product manufacturer would a liable party. Similarly, if your loss of limb injury occurred due to a motor vehicle accident, the at-fault driver could be held responsible for damages.
The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger work to assign liability in your injury case, gathering evidence to prove another party’s negligence caused your devastating loss of limb or body part.
What is the value of my limb loss injury case?
Although there is no determined value for an amputation injury, generally the more severe the injury, the higher the compensation. Our attorneys seek the proper compensation according to the seriousness of your injury and how it is affecting your life.
We take into account factors such as the severity of your injury, the circumstances surrounding your accident, whether or not you will be able to return to work, how long it will take to recover from the initial injury, your current and future medical needs, as well as any modifications you may need for your home and vehicle. We also determine compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering, which are common with catastrophic injuries like limb loss.
Do I need a Texas limb loss injury attorney?
Although an attorney is never required to bring a personal injury claim, it is always advisable, especially in high value cases like these. Experienced attorneys can protect your rights throughout the entire legal process, ensuring your claim proceeds as efficiently as possible. At Slack Davis Sanger, we start by listening to your story and determining if you have a strong and viable case. Then, we discuss your best legal options.
Our attorneys launch an investigation into your case, analyzing your injuries in-depth to determine an overall cost of what your medical expenses will be over time. We collect evidence, gather expert witnesses, and file the proper paperwork and documents. Further, our years of experience as successful litigators give us an edge at the negotiating table, working with defendants, insurance companies, and other liable parties to secure a fair settlement or verdict for the injuries you experienced in a preventable accident.
Having the injury attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger in your corner means peace of mind during your legal journey while you take the time you need to recover from the trauma you experienced and prepare for the next chapter of your life. Let us help.
Compassionate limb loss attorneys serving Texas
An amputation injury is life-changing and can have devastating consequences. When your injury occurred because of another’s negligence, the limb loss attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger can fight for compensation on your behalf. Let us put our decades of experience to work for you. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, please call 800-455-8686 or fill out our contact form.