Accidents can often have long-term and devastating consequences for those involved. In serious cases, accident victims may require amputations to prevent the spread of infection or disease to other parts of the body. If you or someone close to you has had to undergo an amputation or lost a limb, it is important to reach out to the dedicated Miami injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon. We can thoroughly analyze the facts of your case and help you seek compensation for your harm.
The National Loss Limb Information Center reports that each year, about 130,000 people nationwide lose an arm, leg, hand, or other body part. Approximately 1.7 million people currently living in the United States can trace their loss of limb to an accident caused by someone else. The loss of a limb can result from a number of accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, work accidents, boating accidents, defective products, acts of violence, premises liability accidents, or pedestrian accidents.
If your amputation was the result of an accident, you may be able to file a negligence claim against the at-fault party. An individual is considered negligent when he or she fails to exercise reasonable care and causes harm to another person. In order to prevail on a negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant had a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care, the defendant failed to adhere to this legal obligation, and the defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages. Each of these elements must be demonstrated before any compensation can be recovered.
Florida law protects accident victims who suffer serious injuries, including the loss of a limb caused by the negligence of another party. Dealing with an amputation can be extremely costly. According to the American Diabetic Association, a prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000. As a result, a plaintiff can typically seek many types of damages for his or her harm, including but not limited to medical bills, lost income and benefits, property damage, and rehabilitation costs. Under Florida law, if the accident resulted in the “loss of a limb, death, significant scarring or permanent injury,” the victim is entitled to damages for pain and suffering.
It is important to note that a personal injury claim must be filed within four years of the date of the accident. If the lawsuit isn’t filed within this time frame, you may be permanently barred from bringing your claim.
Amputations can affect every aspect of your day-to-day life and significantly diminish your quality of life. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami serious injury attorneys have years of experience litigating virtually all types of personal injury claims. You can rest assured that we will zealously advocate for your rights and try to get you the compensation you deserve for your harm. We are here to answer your questions and address all your concerns. For more information about your legal rights and options, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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