California Amputation Injury Attorneys
The California amputation injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase specialize in catastrophic injury cases. We have won millions of dollars for victims of serious accidents.
- What is amputation?
- How are limbs amputated?
- Causes of amputation
- Amputation injury liability
- The cost of a life-changing amputation
- Amputation injury compensation
- Amputation lawsuit FAQs
- Amputation injury facts and statistics
- Amputation lawsuit case studies
- Hiring the right amputation injury lawyer
An amputation involves the loss of a limb, such as an arm, leg, hand, foot, or finger. From losing the tip of a finger to an entire leg, an accident leading to amputation can have a drastic impact on a person’s life.
If you have lost a limb due to an accident caused by negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our amputation injury attorneys now for expert guidance.
We have a 96% success rate and offer a free consultation with no obligations to every prospective client. If you choose to sign with us, we also offer a 'No Win, No Fee' promise, protecting every client from out-of-pocket costs.
What is Amputation?
Amputation is the intentional removal of a limb (such as an arm or leg) or an extremity (a finger or toe).
There are multiple ways in which a person can lose a limb. It might happen accidentally, with a victim losing an arm in a horrific workplace or mechanical accident. But amputation is different. It refers specifically to an intentional surgical procedure.
One of the most common causes of amputation is injury. When a person suffers a catastrophic injury to a limb that leaves them with chronic pain and discomfort or threatens their life, it may be vital to remove the limb in question.
This can save a victim’s life and improve their quality of life. For instance, if a person suffers a burn, partial limb loss, serious blood loss, or major nerve and tissue damage, it may be better for their long-term health to remove a limb in a controlled manner through amputation surgery.
In some cases, an accident may result in partial amputation which requires surgical help.
In addition to accidents and injuries, some other circumstances can force a person to have a limb removed. These include:
- A cancerous lump or tumor within a limb
- An arterial disease which prevents blood flow
While amputations can be good for long-term health, an amputee can also suffer reduced mobility and function. The personal injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase are here to help victims fight for the compensation they deserve through an amputation lawsuit.
How Are Limbs Amputated?
When the decision is made to amputate a limb, the patient will spend between five days and two weeks in the hospital.
The following is a simplified version of the amputation process:
- A doctor assesses limb and determines a cut point. The amount of tissue removed may change during the process, depending on the condition of the limb.
- The patient is put under using general anesthesia or numbed from the waist down.
- Extensive checks carried out to ensure the loss of feeling and circulation in the affected area.
- The surgeon removes damaged bone and tissue.
- Bones are smoothed off and the exposed nerves and blood vessels are sealed.
- Muscles are shaped to ensure that an artificial limb can later be fitted to the stump.
Causes of Amputation
If you are looking to file an amputation lawsuit, the most likely cause will have been an injury caused by an accident.
There is a huge range of accidents that can lead to amputation injuries. These include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bike accidents
Any type of accident which can result in serious trauma to a limb or appendage can lead to amputation in extreme circumstances.
For example, the impact of a serious vehicle accident could leave a victim with a badly broken arm, causing major damage to nerves, muscles, and arteries. If this injury could have long-term and ongoing repercussions for the victim, amputation might be necessary.
This means that the car accident has caused the victim to lose a limb that they rely on. We take our normal movements for granted, and the loss of a limb can have an unimaginable effect on a person. No matter if you lose an arm, leg, or foot, this will have an devastating impact on the victim.
If you have been involved in an accident and have been forced to have a limb amputated, contact Bisnar Chase now. Our California amputation injury attorneys can help victims fight for justice.
Amputation Injury Liability
Who is to blame when an accident victim is forced to have a limb amputated?
Identifying liability in an amputation case is not always straightforward. The most important thing to remember is that liability applies when someone has been negligent.
Negligence can cover a whole range of scenarios. The following might be liable parties named in an amputation lawsuit; this is just a snapshot of the potentially negligent parties in California amputation injury cases:
- Reckless Driver: If an auto accident victim has to have a limb amputated due to the severity of injuries suffered in the wreck, liability will lie with the at-fault driver
- Dog Owner: When a severe dog attack results in horrific injuries and amputation, the dog owner could be held liable. California uses strict liability dog bite laws
- Building/Business Owner: If a victim suffers a serious injury and subsequent amputation due to an unsafe condition within private premises, the owner and/or manager may face legal issues
- Workplace/Employer: Amputation injuries can be suffered in workplaces, especially factories and construction sites which use dangerous machinery. If the accident occurred due to negligent behavior resulting in unsafe conditions, liability will apply.
Amputation lawsuits are also sometimes brought as a result of medical malpractice. However, the law firm of Bisnar Chase focuses on amputation cases involving accidents and injuries.
Do you want to know if you could file an amputation lawsuit? Contact our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation now.
The Cost of a Life-Changing Amputation
Losing a limb to a forced amputation can turn your life upside down.
There have been incredible advances in technology and prosthetics. If a person has a leg amputated, they can now have increased mobility with a high-tech wheelchair, or have a high-quality prosthetic fitted.
However, an amputation can still be devastating. Even with prosthetics, victims still have to face the pain of the initial injury, the huge adjustment after surgery and difficult rehab, as well as getting used to the new prosthetic limb. Amputation recovery can be an extremely tough process.
Even the best prosthetics can never replace the range of functionality of a real arm or leg. No matter what, an amputation will completely change a victim’s life.
The costs faced by an amputation victim can spiral quickly. Lengthy hospital stays, surgery, specialist medical treatment, lengthy rehabilitation, and the cost of prosthetics can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
|Prosthetic Type||Cost Range||Longevity|
|Prosthetic Leg||$5,000-$50,000||3-5 Years|
|Prosthetic Leg Blades||$15,000-$18,000||3-5 Years|
|Prosthetic Arm (Cosmetic)||$5,000||3-5 Years|
|Prosthetic Arm (Split Hook)||$10,000||3-5 Years|
|Prosthetic Arm (Advanced)||$20,000-$100,000||3-5 Years|
Even the most advanced current prosthetics only last for a few years, depending on how much use they get. Studies have shown that the average lifetime cost of prosthetics and medical treatment for a soldier who loses a leg in combat is $1.4 million.
Amputation Injury Compensation
Injury victims who have faced significant suffering and extensive rehabilitation should not have to face the huge costs associated with surgery, medical care, rehab, and prosthetics. Not all of these costs will be covered by insurance companies.
Working with a California amputation injury lawyer can help victims secure compensation to make sure they are not left out of pocket.
Compensation for an amputation injury lawsuit is decided on a case by case basis. Factoring into the decision will be:
- The victim’s pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost ability to work in their chosen profession
- Rehab costs
- Medical equipment
- Lost quality of life
- Emotional toil (depression, anxiety)
Contact a California amputation injury attorney now for a free case review and guidance on winning your case.
How an Amputation Lawsuit Works – FAQs
If you decide to file an amputation lawsuit, an experienced injury attorney will be able to fight for you to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. But how does an amputation lawsuit work? And how long do you have to take legal action?
Bisnar Chase is here to walk you through the process and make sure you get superior legal representation.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding amputation lawsuits.
In California, there is a statute of limitations of two years. This means that injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. In amputation cases, it is important to note that legal action is required within two years of the original accident, rather than the amputation.
If you have lost a limb, contact a qualified amputation injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will work with you to build a case, compiling evidence including everything from eye-witness testimonies to medical records. It is your lawyer’s job to prove that you were the victim of negligence. Once filed, a case can take weeks, months, or years, depending on the circumstances.
There is no way to know for sure. It depends on the specifics of the case, and every case is different. An experienced amputation compensation lawyer will be able to give you some guidance based on past case results and precedents. The process will typically be quicker if a case is resolved by settlement rather than trial.
It is always best to hire an amputation accident lawyer with experience in the courtroom. Some firms solely handle mediation and settlement negotiations. It is important that you are represented by a trial lawyer who can take your case all the way if a fair settlement cannot be reached.
If you have an amputation injury case, contact Bisnar Chase by phone on (800) 561-4887, or use our website to send a contact form by email, or use our live chat function. We are also active on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.
Amputation Injury Statistics and Facts
Amputations are more common than most people realize.
The following are just some of the eye-opening amputation facts and statistics that show the shocking prevalence and cost of limb loss:
➤ There are about 185,000 amputations carried out every year in the U.S. alone.
➤ Injury and trauma are the second leading cause of amputation in the United States, accounting for 45% of cases.
➤ More than 2 million people are living with a lost limb in the U.S. currently (about 0.65% of the population).
➤ The annual costs – solely for hospital treatment, rather than ongoing costs – for amputations in the United States tops $8.3 billion.
➤ An average lifetime healthcare cost for someone who has had lost a limb to amputation is more than $500,000.
➤ Amputation takes an emotional toll, with more than 30% of victims suffering from depression or anxiety.
If you are suffering after losing a limb, contact our amputation injury lawyers now. We handle cases across California and can give you the support you need at this difficult time.
Amputation Lawsuit Case Studies
When it comes to filing an amputation lawsuit, there are no guarantees. However, there have been a huge number of limb loss cases across the U.S. which have resulted in settlements and verdicts awarding victims millions of dollars.
The case studies below are just a few examples:
Multi-million dollar settlement for pedestrian after his foot is crushed.
A pedestrian was forced to have his foot amputated after it was crushed by a bus. Antonio Almeida, 72, was stepping into a crosswalk in New Jersey when the accident happened in 2015. The bus failed to stop and rolled over his foot. The injuries were so severe that doctors could not save the foot and were forced to amputate. Almeida, who now uses a prosthetic foot, filed a lawsuit that was settled for $2.5 million.
Surgical amputation for boy, 10, due to catastrophic shrapnel injuries.
Adrian Gajeda, aged 10, was in the playground of his school in Palm Desert, CA when a car crashed through the fence in 2013. The impact sent debris flying into the boy’s leg, causing major injuries. Doctors had to carry out a surgical amputation of the damaged leg just below the knee. A lawsuit was filed against the 84-year-old driver. Following two years of litigation, a $700,000 settlement was agreed upon by both sides.
In another case, a 23-year-old motorcyclist was nearly killed when a truck driver performed a reckless left turn, causing a serious accident.
The biker had ten surguries, including having his leg amputated in order to save his life. A lawsuit was filed against the negligent truck driver and their company. After a trial, a jury awarded the motorcyclist $14 million.
Hiring the Right Amputation Injury Lawyer
At Bisnar Chase we offer superior legal representation in amputation injury cases. We are proud to provide honest and compassionate guidance to victims.
If you have suffered a severe injury and have been forced to have a limb amputated, you do not have to suffer in silence. We know that you will have endured excruciating pain, and are now dealing with huge changes to your life.
Let Bisnar Chase ease the burden by taking on your amputation injury claim.
We have an impressive 96% success rate and have won more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients over the last 40 years.
Our amputation injury attorneys are based in Southern California. Some of the key areas we cover include:
- Los Angeles
- Newport Beach
- San Bernardino
- Santa Ana
- Costa Mesa
- Long Beach
We are proud to help injury victims throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County, but also offer our services across the entirety of California.
We are passionate about making a difference and offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee to make sure everyone can use our services. Potential clients will also get a free consultation with no obligations when they contact us.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
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Newport Beach, CA 92660