A Compassionate Attorney for Loss of Limb / Amputation Victims in Georgia
Table of Contents
- What is an Amputation Injury Case in Georgia?
- Proving Negligence & Causation in a Loss of Limb & Amputation Case
- Compensation and Damages Recoverable in a Loss of Limb & Amputation Case
- Common Causes of Loss of Limb & Amputation Injuries
- Further Reading on Loss of Limb & Amputation Injuries
Our goal as personal injury lawyers is to fight on behalf of those affected by loss of limb and amputation. If you sustained a loss of limb injury or amputation, you are entitled to financial compensation for the full value of your damages. Our legal team can help you get this compensation.
Stephen D. Apolinsky and our Atlanta loss of limb and amputation injury attorneys have successfully obtained compensation for individuals who’ve suffered serious, debilitating, and lifelong injuries. At Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, we understand the ways in which a loss of limb or amputation can completely change your life. That’s why we fight so hard to ensure you are fairly compensated.
What is an Amputation Injury Case in Georgia?
It’s one of the most traumatic injuries a person can suffer from any type of accident: the loss of a limb to amputation. Lost limbs can affect a person’s everyday activities. For an independent person, a lost limb could mean the end of their independence.
Losing a limb because of someone else’s negligence is a traumatic experience that can completely alter a person’s life. After the loss of a limb/amputation injury, a victim must re-learn to do the things they used to do but without the limb. Rehabilitation and prosthetics can help, but they do not replace the lost limb completely.
The Atlanta negligent security attorneys at Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, can help you pursue a case to get fair and just compensation by holding the negligent party or parties accountable.
Long-Term Impact of a Loss of Limb Injury
After the initial trauma of losing a limb, an amputation patient has other issues to contend with, such as:
- Steep medical expenses, possibly for life
- Expenses for physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Expenses for home and/or vehicle modifications to allow the amputee to drive
- “Phantom” pain from the missing limb
- Possible mental illnesses such as depression and PTSD
- Lost income
- Lost career/lost ability to earn
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of affection/loss of consortium
Many amputees have a healthy, active lifestyle after losing a limb. But this outcome takes time, effort, and money to achieve and overcome emotional and physical obstacles. Even though a person can overcome these obstacles, they may never be able to do everything they did before the limb loss.
If you or a loved one have suffered amputation injuries in Georgia and would like to know what damages you may recover as part of your case, contact Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, for a free case evaluation.
Proving Liability & Negligence in Georgia Amputation Injury Cases
Is the defendant responsible for your amputation injury? Under Georgia’s personal injury laws, a plaintiff must show four elements that determine whether a defendant can be held liable for the plaintiff’s injuries:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff to prevent the injury
- The defendant breached that duty of care through their negligence
- The accident resulted from the negligence
- The plaintiff’s losses resulted from the accident caused by that negligence
Work with an Atlanta loss of limb/amputation attorney to learn about your legal options. Your attorney can investigate your case and locate and collect evidence to build your case and get you the maximum compensation available.
Georgia’s personal injury laws allow just two years for you to file your claim for an amputation injury. The “clock” starts on the day you are injured. If you don’t file your claim by the two-year mark, you’ll lose your right to collect compensation. That’s why it’s important to speak with an Atlanta amputation attorney immediately to discuss your case and how you may recover compensation.
Compensation and Damages Recoverable in Georgia Amputation Cases
The loss of a limb has wide-ranging repercussions for the injured person. The patient will first have to re-learn everything they used to accomplish with that limb. For instance, a person who has lost a hand or arm will need to re-learn everyday activities like brushing their teeth or getting a cup of coffee. The person who has lost a foot or leg must learn to walk again with a prosthetic replacement. Using the prosthetic limb requires physical and/or occupational therapy to learn and re-learn balance, standing, and walking. These expenses add up quickly.
An experienced Atlanta amputation attorney will seek compensation for damages such as:
- Accident-related medical expenses, like emergency room expenses, follow-up doctor appointments, and prescriptions
- Reconstruction and other amputation-related surgeries
- Acute care and re-hospitalization related to the amputation
- Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Equipment to accommodate the disability, like wheelchairs, lifts, prosthetic devices, and mobility aids, plus any needed instructions, or maintenance
- Disability benefits
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
Your attorney will review any settlement offers you may receive and evaluate them for accuracy. Insurance companies are not interested in your health and well-being, and their initial offer may be too low to get you the complete care you need to recuperate completely. Once you accept an insurance company’s offer, you won’t be able to get anything else.
Did you get a call from an insurance adjuster? Don’t speak to the adjuster yourself. Let your injury attorney handle all calls and negotiations. The insurer uses anything you say to deny and dismiss your claim. From the moment of your accident, an insurance company is working to make sure to pay you little or nothing. Your attorney understands not only Georgia law but also how insurance companies work to deny your claim and pay you little or nothing in compensation.