We often take for granted the basic functions required to get us through our daily lives. For an amputee, every day brings a new challenge.
The loss of a limb is a painful and traumatic experience for both the victim and their family. Their lives are changed in an instant.
Here are a few facts about amputation:
In the U.S., approximately one out of every 200 people has had an amputation.
Close to 70% of all amputation cases caused by traumatic accidents are upper-limb amputations.
Trauma is the second most common cause for amputation.
An amputation injury from trauma can occur in a number of different ways:
If you have suffered from an injury that resulted in an amputation while on the job, a personal injury lawyer can advise you on South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation laws and assist you in filing an injury claim.
If you have been the victim of an accident that resulted in an amputation, you may be entitled to financial compensation and damages for:
- Pain and Suffering
- Medical Bills
- Lost or Diminished Wages (Missed Work)
- Permanent Disability
- Physical Therapy
- Special Equipment
- Lifetime Benefits
The cost of living for someone suffering an amputation can be tremendous. Surgery and extensive physical therapy are often required, as well as special equipment and home modifications. In some cases lifetime benefits have been awarded to cover the ongoing expenses related to these debilitating injuries.
A personal injury lawyer, with the technical knowledge and experience in injury claims involving amputations, can help you obtain full and fair compensation for your loss.
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SC.EASTERSEALS – Easter Seals South Carolina – located in Columbia and Greenville
PANDASC – Protect and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc – located in Columbia
AMPUTEEINACTION – Amputee in Action – South Carolina