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Seeking compensation after a car crash results in amputation in Florida

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Car accidents are a frightening experience. The adrenaline rush and shock that may follow can mask underlying injuries, leading to a false sense of security.

Imagine the devastating realization that what you thought were minor injuries resulted in limb amputation. If this kind of horrific scenario happens to you, you might wonder: Is there still hope for compensation? The answer is that there very well might be.

Understanding liability and damages

In Florida, personal injury claims follow a comparative negligence system, meaning the court will determine the percentage of fault each party bears for the accident. This is to say that your high percentage of fault will reduce your compensation. The damages you can claim in an amputation case are extensive, including:

  • Medical expenses: This aims to cover all past, present and future medical costs associated with the amputation, including surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation and pain medication.
  • Lost wages: Amputation can significantly impact your ability to work. You can claim compensation for lost wages due to missed work and future earning potential if your ability to work is permanently diminished.
  • Pain and suffering: This covers the physical and emotional pain you’ve endured due to the amputation and its aftermath.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: Amputation can drastically alter your ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed. You can claim compensation for this loss.

While amputation may not have occurred immediately after an accident, you can prove that the seeds for this devastating outcome were sown during the crash. For example, a seemingly minor fracture might develop complications that lead to infection and ultimately necessitate amputation. By establishing the link between the accident and the amputation, you can help ensure you receive fair compensation for your catastrophic injury.

The journey after amputation is long and challenging. However, compensation can help ease financial burdens and provide resources for necessary medical care, prosthetics and rehabilitation. A successful lawsuit can also hold the negligent party accountable and offer a measure of justice for the life-altering injury you’ve sustained.


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