The caring Fort Lauderdale amputation lawyers at Anidjar & Levine are dedicated to helping victims who suffer lost limbs or other severe injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. We have extensive experience litigating all types of personal injury claims, recovering millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims throughout Florida.
Amputation is necessary to prevent the spread of infection or disease to other parts of the body. It is common, for example, to amputate a limb infected by gangrene because in most cases, the patient has already lost function in the limb, and the amputation is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading. Amputation may also occur in accidents, where severe trauma severs the limb of the victim, and where re-attachment of the body’s various nerves and vessels is not practical.
The loss of a limb and permanent disfigurement can result from:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Boat propeller lacerations
- Work accidents
- Construction sites
- Getting caught in machinery
- An animal attack or mauling
- Electric malfunction, or
- Defective products
Losing a limb in an accident is one of the most devastating injuries a person can face. Victims often need surgery to safely remove the damaged limb, or to clean up the wounds left by a limb severed in an accident. In most cases, re-attachment a limb is not practical, so the victim must wear a prosthetic. Getting used to using and wearing the prosthetic may require physical therapy and other rehabilitative costs. In fact, the continuing medical care arising out of amputations can be expensive, creating a severe financial setback for the victim. Further, the loss of a limb does not necessarily mean the absence of pain; victims and medical professionals recognize that “phantom pains” can be excruciating. Victims should not have to bear these costs alone.
Florida law protects victims who suffer severe injuries, including the loss of a limb, caused by the negligence of others. If the accident results in a severed limb, the victim is entitled to damages for pain and suffering. Specifically, the Florida Statutes allow recovery for pain and suffering from the negligent driver where the injured person suffers “loss of limb, death, significant scarring or permanent injury.”
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws likewise cover all accidental injuries “arising out of” or “in the course and scope of” employment. When workers lose a limb or the function of a limb in a work-related accident, a pre-set “schedule” determines the number of weeks they are entitled to benefits according to the specific body part or limb that is injured. The duration of the benefits depends on the seriousness of the injury. A lost arm, for example, entitles the victim to 312 weeks of paid compensation, which amounts to a portion of the worker’s monthly wage. If the worker completely loses a limb or digit through amputation, this constitutes 100 percent permanent disability, entitling the victim to all of the weeks of benefits listed in the schedule.
If you lost a limb in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced Fort Lauderdale amputation attorneys at Anidjar & Levine can help. We have successfully handled all types of personal injury claims, helping injured victims recover the compensation they deserve. Compensation often includes damages for medical expenses, lost income, disability benefits, and pain and suffering. At Anidjar & Levine, we understand that losing a limb is devastating and are dedicated to helping you on the road to recovery. We provide the highest quality legal representation to clients in Fort Lauderdale and other areas of Florida. Call 800-747-3733 from a free consultation or contact us online.