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Construction accidents, motorcycle accidents, machinery malfunction, poor medical care and other incidents can cause the traumatic amputation of a limb or extremity, or cause such damage that surgical amputation is necessary. This is a catastrophic injury. It will forever alter a victim’s life and may lead to considerable medical costs, loss of earnings, the need to work in a new field, and the requirement of prosthetics or assistive devices.

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The Rhode Island personal injury lawyers at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. have extensive experience with cases involving amputation. From our Providence offices, we have represented the injured across the state for over 40 years, and we have secured numerous multi-million-dollar recoveries and record-breaking results for our clients during this time.

These significant recoveries are essential in cases involving catastrophic injuries like amputation. A victim needs to rebuild, and a fair settlement or award from the at-fault party can help him or her accomplish just that.

Discuss your right to compensation with a skilled attorney. Call (401) 200-4059 for a free consultation.

Understanding Amputation and Its Impact

Amputation is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a body part, usually an extremity or limb. This procedure is often necessary due to various medical conditions, injuries, or diseases that pose a threat to the affected body part's functionality or the person's overall health.

Common types of amputations include:

  • Partial Foot Amputation: Removal of a portion of the foot.
  • Syme's Amputation: Ankle disarticulation, where the foot is removed at the ankle joint.
  • Below-Knee (Transtibial) Amputation: Removal of the leg below the knee.
  • Knee Disarticulation: Removal of the leg at the knee joint.
  • Above-Knee (Transfemoral) Amputation: Removal of the leg above the knee.
  • Hip Disarticulation: Removal of the entire leg and hip joint.
  • Partial Hand Amputation: Removal of a portion of the hand.
  • Wrist Disarticulation: Hand removal at the wrist joint.
  • Below-Elbow (Transradial) Amputation: Removal of the forearm below the elbow.
  • Elbow Disarticulation: Removal of the forearm at the elbow joint.
  • Above-Elbow (Transhumeral) Amputation: Removal of the arm above the elbow.
  • Shoulder Disarticulation: Removal of the entire arm and shoulder joint.

Amputations are typically considered when conservative treatments are ineffective, and the preservation of the affected body part poses a greater risk to the individual's health. Rehabilitation and prosthetic devices play a crucial role in helping amputees regain mobility and functionality after the procedure.

Establishing Liability in Amputation Incidents

In a personal injury case involving amputation, we must identify the cause in order to establish liability (legal responsibility). Physical evidence, witness testimony, accident reconstruction, and expert testimony can be used to build a strong case against the party or parties who are to blame.

Our attorneys have experience with amputation cases involving:

  • Construction site accidentsConstruction sites involve heavy machinery, tools, and hazardous conditions. Accidents such as machinery malfunctions, falling objects, or being caught in equipment can lead to severe injuries, including the need for amputation.
  • Industrial accidents: Similar to construction sites, industrial settings have machinery, chemicals, and potential hazards. Accidents involving heavy machinery, malfunctioning equipment, or exposure to hazardous substances can result in injuries severe enough to require amputation.
  • Poor medical care: In some cases, inadequate medical care or delayed treatment of injuries or medical conditions can lead to complications. Infections, untreated injuries, or medical errors may necessitate amputation to prevent further health risks.
  • Defective products: Defective machinery, tools, or other products in industrial or consumer settings can malfunction, causing serious injuries. If a product defect directly contributes to an accident resulting in severe limb damage, amputation may be required.
  • Truck accidents: Truck accidents, especially those involving large commercial vehicles, can result in significant trauma. Limb injuries sustained in these accidents, whether due to collisions, rollovers, or other factors, may require amputation.
  • Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries, including trauma to limbs. High-speed collisions or accidents where riders are ejected from their motorcycles can lead to injuries that may necessitate amputation.
  • Car accidents: Car accidents, particularly those with high impact or multiple vehicles involved, can cause extensive injuries. Crushing injuries, severe fractures, or damage to blood vessels may lead to the need for amputation.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist accidents: Pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users. Accidents involving collisions with vehicles, especially at high speeds, can cause severe injuries, including limb injuries that may require amputation.

We have the expertise and resources necessary to properly protect our clients’ rights in these complex matters, and our Rhode Island injury attorneys are prepared to go up against any opponent in order to negotiate a fair settlement or go to trial if needed.

Ready to Help: Contact Decof Barry Mega & Quinn, P.C. at (401) 200-4059.


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