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When someone is unexpectedly amputated, it is devastating – physically and emotionally. You may no longer feel like the person you were before the injury and will have to learn to live life in a whole new way. Accidental injuries can happen in car accidents, construction sites, or even at the hands of medical professionals. No amount of money can make up for the damage. However, receiving the compensation owed to you from your injuries is essential for your future: you will need compensation for the best possible medical treatment and to make up for future lost wages.


A catastrophe like an amputation also takes a toll on the victim’s family. If you are a family member of a victim of an amputation injury your family will need all the help it can get.

Long-term care and chronic pain, as well as depression and a loss of quality of life are too much to deal with. You should not also have to worry about how you will cover costs, especially if someone else was at fault for the injury.

If your injury resulted in amputation and someone negligent is at fault for your injuries, you have a right to be compensated.

At SMT Legal, we will give your case the personal attention you deserve and do everything possible to get money and compensation for your amputation and its aftermath.Our goal is to get the maximum compensation you deserve.We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you get paid.  Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Amputations and their Long-Term Effects

An amputation means surgical removal of all or part of a limb (arm/leg) or removal of a foot, hand, finger or toe.

A minor amputation usually means the loss of fingers or toes. While it does not necessarily mean the amputee is “disabled” or cannot work, it can still be a burden on everyday activities and affect a person throughout their life.

A more serious amputation could mean the removal of hands, feet or several fingers/toes or other body parts. While these types of amputations generally do not lead to other future medical problems, they can greatly impact a person’s ability to work or function in everyday life. A person may require a prosthetic that may need to be changed or upgraded every so often.Serious amputations, such as partial or full limb removal, can obviously greatly impact a person for the rest of their life. In addition, a serious amputation may lead to other medical complications as a person ages. They may require a lot of physical therapy and suffer a great deal of pain, physically and emotionally.

A full limb amputee will need a prosthetic limb for the rest of their life and other medical equipment to assist them in daily activities and tasks. An amputee may not be able to continue their line of work and may need additional job training and education in order to pursue a different career.

The repercussions of limb removal are catastrophic. They can include:

  • Loss of employment and wages
  • Restricted mobility
  • Chronic and severe pain
  • Extensive physical therapy
  • Long-term medical care
  • Multiple surgeries
  • Need for a prosthetic limb and other mobility equipment/vehicle
  • Complications From Accidental Amputations

When calculating the maximum compensation you or your family may need throughout the rest of your life, you should take these unexpected complications into consideration. They may have long-term effects on your well-being and quality of life.

Complications can include:

  • Blood clots and cardiovascular issues
  • Infections
  • Chronic and severe phantom limb pain
  • Emotional trauma
  • Needing multiple surgeries

Types of Compensation for Amputation Injuries

Amputation injury victims suffer from the physical strain of the loss of a body part but there is often significant emotional distress as well. An amputee has to learn to live and function without a body part, and that can take years of multiple therapies with various clinicians and doctors.

At SMT Legal, our Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers represent people and children who have unfortunately been victims of traumatic accidents resulting in an amputation injury.

We are compassionate people who want to help answer your questions and find a solution in order for you to collect the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

The following is a list of types of compensation one can expect in an amputation injury case:

  • Medical Expenses – both present and future
  • Rehabilitation Expenses
  • Prosthetic Expenses
  • Lost Wages and Future Lost Wages
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Job Training / Education
  • Psychiatric Counseling

These types of cases often involve a lot of investigation and evidence gathering – not to mention enlisting experts to help build a strong case. Help get the compensation you deserve by hiring aggressive and compassionate attorneys who are willing to fight for the money you deserve.

Most Common Causes of Amputation Injuries

Amputations can be caused by medical malpractice, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, worksite injuries, defective products, or even failure to diagnose a disease or treat a medical issue.

No matter what type of incident occurred to cause an amputation injury, the result leaves the victim and their family changed forever. SMT Legal is prepared to advocate for you and get you the compensation you deserve.

Liability in Amputation Cases

The fault of the injury or accident will determine who is liable to pay for damages in an amputation case.A thorough investigation will need to be completed in order to build a strong case against the guilty party. This may include investigating all police reports, speaking to witnesses of the accident or with medical personal who may have been involved in the case of medical malpractice.

Experienced and aggressive attorneys can conduct a full investigation and gather evidence to determine the cause of the injury.

After a case has been built, the attorneys can seek compensation from all parties involved or their insurance companies. They can start negotiations with the insurance companies or prepare your case for litigation or trial.

How SMT Can Help

In amputation cases, a crucial element is to calculate the damages and prove the value of a lost limb or body part. Our team will consult with medical professionals and experts to prepare the case and make a strong justification for the amount of compensation being sought.

We will aggressively push the insurance companies and workers’ compensation to get the maximum coverage they owe for your injuries. If needed, we will take action against any negligent medical care workers or person(s) responsible for your injuries.

Proving fault of the accident and calculating medical costs for the lifetime of an amputation injury requires extensive medical knowledge. You will need a qualified team of experts and lawyers to present a strong case. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will evaluate your claim thoroughly and retain the medical experts needed to evaluate and validate your case. Our job is to thoroughly investigate your case and speak with any witnesses, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to build a strong and winnable case.

If you were injured in an accident, we will thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident in order to hold those responsible for your injuries, and their insurance companies, accountable for the money they owe you. Contact us to discuss your options.

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