Long Island Amputation Lawyer
Amputation (loss of limb) affects nearly two million Americans. In addition to losing a limb in a catastrophic injury accident, doctors might also surgically amputate a limb after a severe accident in order to save the victim’s life. At Giuffré Law Offices, we help New York car accident victims who have suffered the most serious and catastrophic injuries, including amputations. These injuries impose an enormous financial cost on the victim as well as a slow and painful recovery and a lifetime of additional challenges and needs. We can help you get the compensation that is commensurate with the injury you suffered and will help you meet those needs. Call our offices in Garden City, Brooklyn or Bayside after an amputation injury from a car accident in Nassau County, Long Island or New York City. Our Long Island amputation lawyers have the skills, experience and dedication to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Amputation victims can recover the full measure of legal damages after a New York auto accident
After an auto accident or other motor vehicle accident in New York, an injury victim’s first recourse is to apply for personal injury protection (PIP). These no-fault insurance benefits pay for medical expenses and provide a portion of wage replacement for lost income while the victim is incapacitated from working. If the injury meets the definition of “serious” under New York insurance law, however, the victim can move outside of the no-fault system and sue the negligent driver for the full amount of damages. “Dismemberment” is one of the “serious injuries” in the law which allows a victim to sue the at-fault driver.
Giuffré Law Offices helps amputation injury victims after a construction accident, product defect injury, or any motor vehicle accident, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Scooter accidents
An amputation victim typically incurs a great deal of costs and suffers a high amount of damage, making a negligence claim much more valuable than no-fault benefits. Some of the challenges an amputee often faces include:
Physical – The loss of a limb can make the most basic tasks extremely challenging to complete, from picking up an object to walking. Injury victims need intensive occupational therapy to adapt to a new way of moving and performing tasks with a non-dominant hand or arm, for instance. Amputees may also suffer pain and discomfort emanating from the missing limb (phantom pain) as well as numbness and pain from the peripheral nerves (neuropathy).
Financial – The costs of an amputation injury can include one or more surgeries, a lengthy period of rehabilitation and therapy, medications, and a lifetime of adaptive equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs. Amputees can also be disabled for working at their old job or other jobs, causing financial hardship.
Emotional/psychological – It can be a long, tough climb to adjust to life without a limb, and it is not uncommon to experience sorrow and depression. The trauma of having an arm or a leg severed in a crash can also cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Amputees sometimes experience social embarrassment and low self-esteem and find it difficult to adjust to social life after the loss of a limb.
Get Care and Compensation After an Amputation Injury on Long Island or in New York City
If you or a family member has sustained an amputation injury in a car accident in Nassau County or anywhere in New York City, call Giuffré Law Offices at 516-802-9912 to speak with an experienced and dedicated Long Island personal injury lawyer. Your consultation is free, and we don’t charge any fees until after we are successful in recovering compensation for you.