Losing a limb is a life-changing experience, even with so many new advancements in modern medicine and prosthetics. An artificial limb will never grant the same mobility you were born with.
Though there is no legal remedy that can undo the suffering you have endured, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of limb.
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, they might be liable for your injuries.
This means you can receive loss of limb compensation either through an insurance settlement or by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Common Loss of Limb Injuries Associated With Car Crashes
Serious accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles have the potential to cause a range of amputation injuries. These are some of the most common types of limb loss injuries caused by vehicle accidents:
- Loss of fingers or toes,
- Partial hand or foot amputations,
- Amputations at the foot or ankle,
- Below-the-knee amputations,
- Above-the-knee amputations,
- Below-the-elbow amputations, and
- Amputation of the entire arm at the shoulder.
There are other types of amputations that do not involve limbs, such as enucleation, which occurs when an eye is removed. You can also receive compensation for these types of amputations.
Loss of limb from a car accident generally occurs because of compression on an area of the body. This could result in the severing of the limb, irreparable damage, or a severe infection that requires amputation.
Filing a Claim for Loss of Limb
If you have been in a car accident in California, your first step is to file an insurance claim. California is an at-fault state, which means who caused the accident matters.
It is not uncommon for insurance companies to offer less than the amount your claim is worth. Many people do not realize they do not have to accept the insurance company’s offer.
The team at Wells Call Injury Lawyers can negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf.
Just as important, we can also help you determine the actual value of your claim taking into account your expenses, injury prognosis, pain and suffering, and more.
If a fair compensation for loss of limb settlement cannot be agreed upon, or the insurance policy does not cover all of your expenses, consider filing a personal injury lawsuit.
We are experienced in guiding victims through the California legal system and helping them recover loss of limb compensation.
Compensation for Loss of Limb
Determining how much compensation for loss of limb is available to you can be difficult and will depend on the facts of your case.
California follows the rule of pure comparative negligence. This means that even if you were partially responsible for the accident that caused your loss of limb, you can recover some compensation.
However, your damages award would be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if the jury finds you 20% at fault, you can still collect 80% of your damages.
Contact Wells Call Injury Lawyers Today to Speak to an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
The team at Wells Call Injury Lawyers has been serving victims in Solano County, Sacramento, and the Bay Area for decades.
Since 1984, we have recovered over half a billion dollars for our clients. No two cases are exactly alike, and your situation deserves individual attention and a unique strategy to achieve the loss of limb compensation you need.
Contact us to schedule a free case review.