Types of Accidents that Can Lead to Traumatic Limb Loss
Losing a limb is an inherently traumatic experience. Whether the limb is severed in an accident or is surgically amputated due to injury or illness, this type of personal injury will invariably result in significant physical and emotional pain and suffering.
According to the Amputee Coalition, there are nearly two million people living with limb loss in the United States. In many cases, people who have lost a limb are unable to perform daily tasks they once took for granted and may be unable to earn a living as they did prior to their injury. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can often help people who have lost a limb in preventable accident recover significant financial compensation for their losses.
There are several types of accidents that can lead to limb loss and include the following:
Motor vehicle accidents – Millions of motor vehicle accidents occur each year, many of which result in nothing more than a bump or two on a person's fender. In some cases, however, a car accident can result in serious bodily injury that may damage a person's limb to the extent that he or she may need to have it amputated. In addition, a person's limb may be severed in an accident, particularly if he or she is ejected from the vehicle.
Industrial accidents – People who work around heavy machinery or with power tools can lose limbs in workplace accidents. These accidents may involve a limb being caught in a piece of machinery used to crush or bend certain objects, or a limb may be severed by a sharp cutting edge or snapped cable. Regardless of the reason, people who lose their limbs at work may be entitled to compensation.
Dog bites – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites each year in the U.S. While many people do not think of dog bites as being able to cause serious injuries, in some cases, dog bite victims can lose their limbs. This generally occurs when a dog with powerful jaws causes damage to a limb to the extent that it cannot be repaired and must be surgically amputated.
Burns – Serious burns that destroy tissue to the extent that it must be removed can also require surgical amputation. These kinds of burns often occur in accidents involving motor vehicle accidents, fires, explosions, or exposure to chemicals.
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Limb loss can be an emotionally, physically, and psychologically devastating experience. People who lose limbs in preventable accidents may be entitled to significant compensation and should consult a skilled attorney.
With offices in Green Bay, Oshkosh, Appleton, and New London, the attorneys at Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. are able to represent injured victims throughout the state of Wisconsin. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Appleton personal injury lawyers and Green Bay personal injury lawyers, call our office today at 920-739-7366.