PERSONAL INJURY

New Jersey Amputation Lawyer

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The loss of a limb, digit, or any other body part is traumatic, both physically and mentally. In addition to causing extreme pain, an amputation can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental health, career prospects, social relationships, and ability to live independently.

The financial and personal consequences of an amputation injury can quickly become overwhelming. It is important to understand that you could be owed significant compensation if you have suffered an amputation due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentionally harmful conduct. The skilled and experienced team of personal injury lawyers at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman will help you obtain full and fair compensation for your traumatic injury.

Contact our firm today to discuss the details of your case with an experienced amputation lawyer at no cost to you.

How Our Lawyers Help People with Amputation Injuries

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If you or someone close to you has suffered an amputation for which someone else is to blame, you could be owed compensation for your medical bills, lost income, decreased earning potential, diminished quality of life, pain and suffering, and more. Know that you don’t need to and should not pursue this compensation on your own.

Whether you were injured by a negligent driver, defective machine, or something or someone else,  the amputation injury lawyers of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman are here to help you demand accountability and obtain justice.

Since 1929, our trusted personal injury attorneys have represented thousands of injured people in New Jersey  in a wide range of accident-related cases. During that time, our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for deserving clients just like you.

We understand how painful and overwhelming reality can be in the aftermath of an unexpected injury, especially one as severe as an amputation. It is our great privilege to advocate for the rights of those who have suffered severe injuries as a result of the fault of another. Contact us today to find out more about your rights and our approach to representation of personal injury victims.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

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Common Causes of Amputation Injuries

Some of the most common causes of amputation injuries in New Jersey include:

Motor vehicle accidents

Traffic collisions are the most common cause of civilian traumatic amputations by a significant margin. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to amputations in motor vehicle accidents, but anyone who is crushed by, caught in between, or run over by heavy vehicles can suffer these injuries.

Workplace incidents

Many traumatic amputations occur in the workplace, especially in industries that require workers to operate potentially dangerous pieces of machinery. Many workplace amputations occur when workers get crushed by or entangled in machines like compactors, balers, and woodchippers.

Sports and recreation accidents

Certain sports carry a risk of amputation, particularly those that involve motor vehicles or sharp objects, like jet skiing and ice skating.

Dangerous products

Consumers can sustain devastating amputation injuries from dangerous products that have not been properly designed, tested, assembled, labeled, or distributed by manufacturers. Common examples of unsafe products that can result in amputation injuries include defective car parts, saws, lawnmowers, fireworks, and household appliances.

Types of Amputation Injuries from Accidents

The two main types of amputations are traumatic and surgical. Traumatic amputations are unintentional and occur as an immediate consequence of accidents or other unexpected incidents. Surgical amputations, on the other hand, are performed deliberately to remove body parts or tissues that have become so infected or damaged that reconstruction and repair are no longer viable options.

Amputations can also be grouped by the part of the body affected. Some of the most common lower-body amputations include:

Partial foot amputations

Partial foot amputations, which involve the removal of toes or other elements of the foot

Ankle disarticulations

Ankle disarticulations, which involve the removal of the entire foot at the ankle

Transtibial amputations

Transtibial amputations, which involve partial removal of the leg below the knee

Transfemoral amputations

Transfemoral amputations, which involve the removal of the leg above the knee

Hip disarticulations

Hip disarticulations, which involve the removal of the entire leg at the hip joint

Hemipevlectomies

Hemipevlectomies, which involve the removal of the leg and part of the pelvis

Some of the most common types of upper-body amputations are:

Partial hand amputations

Partial hand amputations, which involve the removal of fingers or other elements of the hand

Metacarpal amputations

Metacarpal amputations, which involve the removal of the hand below the wrist

Wrist disarticulations

Wrist disarticulations, which involve the removal of the entire hand and the wrist

Transradial amputations

Transradial amputations, which involve the removal of the arm below the elbow

Elbow disarticulations

Elbow disarticulations, which involve the removal of the forearm at the elbow

Transhumeral amputations

Transhumeral amputations, which involve the removal of the arm above the elbow

Shoulder disarticulations

Shoulder disarticulations, which involve the removal of the entire arm, the shoulder blade, and the collar bone

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Impacts of an Amputation on an Accident Survivor’s Life

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An amputation will result in serious consequences for an accident survivor’s life. Some of the challenges that amputees regularly experience include:

  • Prosthetic-related ailments – Amputees may develop skin conditions such as heat rash, contact dermatitis, and ingrown hairs because of friction caused by prosthetic devices. If left untreated, these issues can worsen into dangerous infections.
  • Muscle contractures – Lower-limb amputees often develop muscle contractures as a result of poor postural alignment or gait abnormalities. This can lead to changes in the size of residual limbs and chronic pain in the back, hip, or leg.
  • Post-traumatic stress – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common among amputees, especially those who have suffered traumatic amputations. PTSD symptoms may include flashbacks, depression, sleep disturbances, outbursts of anger, and behavioral difficulties.
  • Self-esteem issues – The loss of any body part can have a negative impact on self-confidence and body image. These issues can trigger additional complications such as depression, anxiety, and loss of sexual function.

Types of Compensation Available in New Jersey Amputation Injury Lawsuits

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The medical expenses and other financial costs of an amputation injury can add up quickly. In addition to extensive emergency treatment and costly prosthetic devices, many amputees require specialized care to relearn everyday tasks.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our skilled personal injury lawyers can help you seek compensation for the following types of amputation-related losses and expenses:

  • Emergency medical care and follow-up treatment
  • Reconstructive surgery or surgical amputation
  • Acute care and re-hospitalization
  • Inpatient or outpatient physical therapy or rehabilitation
  • Prosthetic devices, mobility aids, and related maintenance costs
  • Lost wages from missed time at work and lost earning capacity
  • Accessibility modifications such as ramps, wheelchairs, and lifts
  • The intangible costs of pain, suffering, disability, and lost quality of life

Determining Whether You Have a Claim for an Amputation Injury

If you have suffered a traumatic or surgical amputation as a result of an accident, you may be wondering about your legal options. You may have strong grounds upon which to file an amputation injury lawsuit if the following elements apply to your situation:

Another party had a responsibility to avoid causing you harm.

Different parties have different levels of responsibility to each other under the law. For example, road users are expected to obey traffic laws and avoid causing crashes.

The other party breached their duty in some way.

Common examples of failing to honor a legal duty of care include road users failing or refusing to obey traffic safety laws and employers neglecting workplace safety requirements.

The other party’s conduct contributed to the amputation.

It is not enough to simply demonstrate that another party was negligent, reckless, or engaged in intentionally dangerous conduct and that you suffered an amputation. You must be able to show a causal link between the other party’s negligence and the circumstances that led to the amputation.

You suffered real, measurable losses due to the amputation.

This is typically the easiest element to prove in an amputation injury case. You must prove that the amputation resulted in real, measurable losses such as medical costs, rehabilitative needs, and lost wages.

It is important to be mindful that if you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit following an amputation injury, New Jersey state law gives you just two years from the date when the injury occurred to do so. The dedicated attorneys of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman can help you meet important deadlines and keep your injury claim on track.

Speak with an Experienced Amputation Injury Lawyer to Learn More

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At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our New Jersey amputation injury lawyers are prepared to stand up for your rights and seek the full and fair compensation you deserve. If you or someone close to you is struggling in the aftermath of an amputation, contact us today to schedule a confidential, risk-free consultation and case review. We want to help you with the monetary recovery from your catastrophic injuries.

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