The loss of limbs can be devastating. It affects what work you can do and what hobbies and activities you can enjoy. It may impact your mobility and your ability to drive. You will learn how to live with your injuries, but your life will be forever changed.
As experienced Ohio injury attorneys, we know that amputation accidents are a special type of injury. You lost a part of yourself, and you deserve total compensation for the injury you suffered. It is crucial to work with a lawyer who understands how to value noneconomic damages associated with lost limbs. Your injuries merit the maximum compensation allowed under Ohio law.
At Rittgers & Rittgers, our experienced staff of trial attorneys is adept at illustrating how an amputation injury has altered your life. Contact us for a consultation, and you’ll see how we provide some of the best representation in Ohio.
Motorcycle Amputation Injuries
Motorcyclists do not enjoy the protection of a steel cage like other motorists. When a negligent driver collides with a motorcyclist, there is a significant chance that the biker will suffer a severed limb.
An amputated leg or arm has a profound impact on the motorcyclist’s life. It is crucial that the injury victim speak with an Ohio attorney experienced in motorcycle accident cases. Damages for lost limbs can vary widely from lawsuit to lawsuit, and much of that disparity can be attributed to the victim’s attorney’s ability to fully demonstrate the plaintiff’s plight.
Victims of amputation accidents often experience phantom pain, loss of enjoyment, profound grief over the lost limb and permanent disability. Advancements in prosthetic technology provide a brighter outlook, but new prosthetics can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Amputation Procedures for Traumatic Injuries
There are a variety of severe limb injuries that may result from motor vehicle crashes, premises liability accidents or product defects. Regardless of the cause, the surgical amputation process is virtually the same.
First, the surgical staff will remove dead tissue and bone fragments. Next, the surgeon will smooth uneven or jagged areas of the bone. Surgery staff will then seal off blood vessels and nerves. Lastly, the surgeon will cut and shape the end of the limb, or stump, readying it for easy adaptation to a prosthetic device.
Post-surgical recovery from amputation is long and difficult. Generally, the patient must remain in the hospital for a minimum of 14 days following amputation surgery. The hospital staff must guard against infection by regularly changing bandages and draining fluids.
In many amputations, the stump will heal in one to two months, but each situation is different. Burn injuries, infections and follow-up operations can prolong the healing process. Physical therapy often begins while the amputation site is still healing.
Need to Explore Your Legal Rights?
For a consultation with an amputation injury lawyer in the Cincinnati area, call Rittgers & Rittgers at 513-932-2115. We have offices in Lebanon, West Chester and Cincinnati.