East Texas Amputation Injury Lawyer
Amputation injuries are some of the most devastating cases we handle at Roberts & Roberts. Losing a hand, arm, leg, or even finger can dramatically change the course of your life. The lifetime financial consequences of a traumatic amputation can be massive. The costs of surgeries, hospitalizations, accommodations to your home and vehicle, and loss of ability to work can quickly add up.
But the emotional and psychological wounds of traumatic amputations can be just as severe. How do you put a price on losing your ability to go dancing with your spouse? To run in the yard with your children? To go hiking on weekends?
You deserve fair compensation that accounts for the full range of what you’ve lost. But that will require building a comprehensive personal injury claim with substantial evidence supporting the financial, physical, emotional, and psychological damages you’ve suffered. The insurance company won’t do it for you, and you deserve to spend your time and energy on healing and family—not legal battles.
If you have sustained an amputation because of someone else’s carelessness, you need the experienced attorneys at Roberts & Roberts on your side. Contact us now at (903) 251-2873.
Nationally Recognized, Locally Trusted Catastrophic Injury Experts
For more than a quarter century, the Texas amputation injury lawyers at Roberts & Roberts have been helping people in Texas and across the country with their personal injury cases. Roberts & Roberts has earned a national reputation for representing clients in catastrophic injury matters, including amputations.
We serve clients in Waco, Beaumont, Longview, Lufkin, Texarkana, Tyler, Huntsville, Nacogdoches, Greenville, Paris, Corsicana, Marshall, Palestine, Mount Pleasant, and Sulphur Springs, as well as throughout East Texas and across the state and nation.
The firm has been featured on many TV shows including Fox and Friends, ABC Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NBC’s Dateline. Our Texas injury lawyers have also been featured in national magazines, including Time and Newsweek.
Most of the attorneys at Roberts & Roberts are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury law or civil trial law. That means you will have a legal specialist at your side.
What We Do For You
If you or someone you love has suffered an amputation and someone else was at fault, the attorneys and staff at Roberts & Roberts can help you.
- We have a team of experts ready to help you hold negligent parties responsible for your amputation injury. In any personal injury case, you need to prove that someone else was responsible for your serious injuries in order to get compensation. But at-fault drivers, companies, and insurers often try to pin at least part of the blame on you to reduce what they must pay. Our board-certified personal injury attorneys will carefully examine all the available evidence and help the truth come to light. We even have an on-call accident reconstruction team ready to get to the scene of an accident before critical evidence is lost.
- We can help you get the support you need. Navigating life after the accident can be extremely challenging for amputation victims. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible for you. We can connect you to the right doctors and specialists for medical treatment and rehabilitation. We can help you get your vehicle repaired. We can help you get the adaptive tools you need to modify your vehicle or home to accommodate your amputation.
- We will calculate your long-term economic damages. Our personal injury lawyers work with doctors, physical therapy experts, economists, life care planners, and other specialists who can determine the extent of your permanent disability and accurately calculate the economic consequences. This includes medical expenses, domestic services, lost wages, and more.
- We will fight for fair compensation for your non-economic damages. Your amputation injury claim should include meaningful compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, loss of quality of life, and other losses that can’t easily be measured in dollars and cents. We will take the time to get to know and understand what your life is like—both before and after your amputation. We will get statements from friends, loved ones, and colleagues. These steps are necessary to tell your story and obtain maximum compensation from an insurance company or jury.
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More About Texas Amputation Injuries
Amputations are serious and debilitating injuries that affect the lives of the amputee and those around them. They can cause not only significant physical ailments but be the source of mental anguish as well.
Common Causes of Amputations
Amputations can result from many sources. Common causes of traumatic amputations include:
- Occupational/work accidents: The National Center for Occupational Safety and Public Health reports that about 18,000 amputations in the U.S. during an average year were caused by work-related injuries. Industries where the use of heavy equipment is required, such as in oilfields, manufacturing, trade and transportation, construction, and farm settings, see the highest number of amputation accidents.
- Motor vehicle accidents: The violent forces in some auto accidents can result in amputation injuries for drivers and occupants. Not only can limbs be fully torn from the body, but extremities can also be crushed and burned in collisions, requiring amputation if surgeons cannot repair the damage. Motorcycle accidents are especially likely to result in traumatic injury, including amputation injuries.
- Defective products: Accidents involving malfunctioning or defectively designed home power tools and recreational sports equipment might also lead to amputations.
Not all amputations are traumatic. In the U.S., most amputated limbs are removed because of diseases such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, blood clots, or osteomyelitis (an infection in the bones). Eighty-two percent of the 185,000 amputations performed each year are due to a compromised system for carrying blood through the body. Insufficient blood supply to the extremities can lead to infection and ulcers, making the need for surgical amputation more likely.
Regardless of the source, traumatic injuries can disrupt the life of the victim’s family, causing financial and emotional distress that makes recovery even more difficult. Those who suffer an amputation injury face significant medical bills, painful rehabilitation, and possible loss of income and productivity.
Amputation Symptoms and Complications
About 1.2 million Americans are living with an amputation, the vast majority having lost part of a leg. Most amputees are in their 60s or older and, if circulatory illness led to the amputation, are likely to experience other health problems.
A variety of complications can occur after an amputation that will impact the victim’s quality of life, such as:
- Phantom pain
- Lengthy hospital stays
- Vascular problems
- Future surgeries
- Orthopedic issues
- Back pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Emotional distress and depression
Do I Have a Case?
To have an amputation injury case, you must show that the injury that caused your amputation was due to someone else’s negligence. In other words, they failed to exercise reasonable caution and care, and that failure is what caused your injury.
If your amputation was the result of a workplace accident, your personal injury claim may depend on whether your employer offers workers’ compensation benefits or if other potentially liable third parties are involved. If you have workers’ compensation, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against your direct employer. However, you might have a case against a general contractor, site owner, equipment manufacturer, or other party.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At Roberts & Roberts, the initial consultation is always free and there is never a charge unless we are successful and obtain compensation for you. If you win nothing, you owe us nothing.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.