Fort Worth Attorney Battles for Accident Victims in Amputation Cases
Determined advocacy when negligence leads to the loss of a limb
A severe injury can have grave and irreversible consequences, such as the loss of a limb. An arm can be severed in a car crash, and surgeons may be unable to reattach it. Or a leg may be so damaged that there is no other choice but a surgical amputation. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of catastrophic injury due to someone’s negligence, recklessness or deliberate actions, the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. can help. For decades, our firm has sought to maximize compensation for victims of catastrophic accidents, and we have recovered millions of dollars in damages. We understand the depth of your loss and will use our knowledge and skill to pursue a substantial settlement or trial verdict.
Accidental causes of amputations
While disease, especially diabetes, is the leading cause of amputation in America, trauma accounts for 45 percent of limb loss. The most common causes of catastrophic injuries resulting in amputation include:
- Vehicle accidents — A truck, motorcycle or car accident can cause a limb to be severed or crushed beyond salvaging.
- Workplace injuries — Accidents involving power tools, industrial machinery, heavy equipment could wind up with victims losing one or more limbs.
- Severe burns — Fire, caustic chemicals or electric shock can cause such a thorough burn injury that amputation is necessary.
- Post-operative infection — Poor hygienic practices and lax monitoring of surgical patients in hospitals give rise to severe infections that can only be treated through amputation.
When someone’s wrongful act or omission leads to injury that results in amputation, the victim is entitled to full personal injury damages, including compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life.
Medical problems associated with the aftereffects of an amputation
Amputees suffer deep physical and psychological loss, and must adapt to life without their missing limb. The lingering effects of an amputation can include:
- Heart problems, including heart attacks
- Blood clots that form in leg veins, known as deep vein thrombosis
- Phantom limb symptom, where the victim imagines the lost limb is still attached
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of autonomy
- Increased risk of infection
- Chronic fatigue
Along with these physical problems, the psychological effects can also be severe. Amputees frequently experience social isolation due to self-consciousness and the physical limitations that prevent them from participating in their favorite activities. Though advanced prosthetics offer some physical and psychological relief, the feeling of being incomplete or unattractive because of the injury can require extensive counseling.
Our firm believes that victims of catastrophic injury must receive ample compensation for the full extent of their losses. We work tirelessly to ensure you obtain the maximum award possible.
Schedule a free consultation with a reputable Fort Worth injury attorney
The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. represents clients who have had a limb amputated or experienced another type of catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence. For a free initial consultation about your legal options, please call us at 817-332-7676 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in Fort Worth’s Hospital District at One Legal Place, 925 8th Avenue. We also accommodate requests for home and hospital visits.