MISSISSIPPI AMPUTATION INJURIES ATTORNEY
Losing a body part is one of the most traumatic experiences an individual will ever have to face. A loss of limb results in untold medical costs, many days or weeks missed from work (if you are ever able to return to work at all), and the need for ongoing medical care. After a long and difficult road to recovery (or “maximum medical improvement”), there is the realization that life will never be the same. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury and it was the fault of another party, you deserve to be compensated.
At the Gardner Law Firm, we have successfully represented victims of serious and catastrophic injuries in Mississippi since 1979. We understand the major physical, emotional, and financial toll amputation injuries take on victims and their families, and our goal is to make the legal process smooth and seamless, so you can focus on your recovery. We work closely with our clients, and we handle the entire legal process from start to finish. We provide frequent updates on the progress of your case, so you are always kept informed, and along the way, we’re always happy address any questions or concerns you may have.
Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of Mississippi personal injury law, and we have extensive experience with even the most complex cases. We routinely go up against well-funded adversaries, such as large corporations and their insurers, and we prepare relentlessly for trial from the outset of your case. With an amputation injury, a victim’s losses can easily exceed six or seven figures. We fight hard for full and fair compensation, and to help ensure that those responsible for your injuries are held fully accountable.
Common Causes of Amputation Injuries
An amputation is the separation of a limb or appendage from the rest of the body. The most common body parts that are amputated are fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms, and legs. Amputations may be surgical, where a medical professional removes a body part out of necessity, or they can occur because of blunt force from a traumatic event. Individuals may experience a complete amputation, where the part is completely severed from the body, or an incomplete amputation, where the body part remains partially attached. Traumatic amputations are among the most frightening experiences for an individual, often resulting in shock and other indirect effects of the injury.
Amputations happen more frequently than most people believe. Industrial Safety and Hygiene News reports that approximately 2 million individuals in the United States live with the loss of a limb, and there are at least 30,000 new cases of traumatic amputations each year. There are many reasons amputation injuries occur, some the most common causes include:
- Traffic Events: Traffic related accidents are the leading cause of surgical amputations. These would include motor vehicle crashes, as well as collisions involving motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Workplace Accidents: Many workers are subjected to dangerous and hazardous conditions on a regular basis. This is particularly true with those who perform fast-paced work using heavy machinery and equipment. Factories and construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces, and those working in these types of jobs are at a greater risk of amputation injury.
- Agricultural Accidents: Mississippi has a vibrant farming community, but there is a downside. Farming is another industry where workers have a greater risk of amputation injuries. In fact, statistics show that farm accidents are twice as likely to result in amputations than accidents in any other industry.
- Building and Car Door Accidents: Many amputations happen because a limb gets crushed or caught in between in an enclosed area. This can happen when a building door or car door is slammed shut while someone’s finger, hand, or another body part is trapped in between.
- Firearms, Fires and Explosions: Combat veterans know all too well the dangers of amputation injuries from explosions on the battlefield. Fires and explosions can also happen at home, at work, or when you are out and about. The dangers are heightened during certain times of the year, such as the 4th of July or New Year’s, when people enjoy lighting off fireworks.
- Dangerous or Defective Products: Countless consumer products hit the market every year. Unfortunately, many of them have not been fully vetted and some can be downright dangerous if something malfunctions at the wrong time. Power equipment such as electric saws, lawn mowers, and certain types of farming equipment are prime examples of products that may present safety hazards.
Damages Available in Mississippi Amputation Injury Cases
Losing a limb is a debilitating injury that has lifelong consequences. This makes it more challenging to quantify the losses experienced by someone who has had an amputation injury. This is why it is very important not to accept the lowball settlement offers insurance companies often make. The goal of the insurance company is to pay out as little as possible for the injury, and they will employ numerous tactics to try to accomplish this goal. We push back aggressively against these tactics, and we put our extensive experience to work to pursue full and fair compensation.
Damages available for amputation injury victims may include:
- Medical Costs: Expenses for hospitalization, surgeries and other medical treatment, rehabilitation, and costs related to ongoing medical care that will be needed.
- Lost Earnings: Compensation for days missed from work while the injury was being treated.
- Loss of Earning Capacity: Compensation for the inability to return to your present job, or any job at all.
- Disability/Disfigurement: Compensation for your permanent disability, and the permanent physical changes that result from the amputation.
- Physical Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the excruciating physical pain you have to endure because of the injury.
- Emotional Distress: Compensation for the psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues that result from losing a body part.
- Diminished Quality of Life: Compensation for the loss of your ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed, such as running or swimming.
Contact the Skilled Mississippi Amputation Injury Lawyers at The Gardner Law Firm
If you or someone close to you has experienced the loss of a limb or another type of severe and catastrophic injury, you need strong legal counsel by your side advocating forcefully for your rights and interests. At the Gardner Law Firm, we know how to obtain maximum compensation with these types of cases, and over the past four decades, we have successfully represented numerous clients in Biloxi, Pascagoula, and all along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.
For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 228-436-6555. You may also send us a message through our online contact form.