When someone loses a limb, they typically have a great deal of changes in their lives and uncertainty about the future. In many cases, they can no longer work in their jobs, and face either permanent disability or job retraining in the future to be able to be employed.
If you have lost your leg and can no longer work, you have several options for compensation. First, you may have legal rights in conjunction with the reason you lost your leg. If you lost your leg because of medical malpractice, you could sue the doctor for malpractice.
Your award should include compensation for lost wages, which can help support you for either your lifetime or for a certain period of time.
An example of losing a leg due to medical malpractice include a failure by a doctor to recognize a medical condition, such as an infection in a limb or compartment syndrome, which results in amputation. You may also develop health problems, such as infection, after amputation, which can also be caused by medical malpractice.
If you lost your leg in an accident, you may have a claim against a negligent party. If your amputation was caused by a car accident, you could have a claim against the negligent driver, the employer of the driver, or another party depending upon the circumstances.
You may have lost your leg in a work accident, and you may be entitled to compensation from the workers’ compensation program in your state, or you may be able to sue your employer for negligence, depending upon the circumstances. Your claim can include compensation for lost wages.
If you are not able to sue either a doctor for medical malpractice or a negligent party for your accident, you may have other avenues of compensation. You may have disability insurance through your employer or that you purchased individually. If not, you may be entitled to disability compensation from the Social Security Administration.
You could also be entitled to other benefits, such as welfare payments, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and help with housing.
If you believe that your Californian doctor has committed medical malpractice, or a third party has committed negligence, call me, Amputation Attorney Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567. As an amputee, I understand the needs of amputees and have significant experience with helping amputees rebuild their lives.