The Atlanta Amputation Attorney

Amputation & The Law


Recovering from an amputation can be a very difficult time for an accident victim. The emotional trauma of losing a limb along can take a significant emotional toll on any person, and the process can be physically and emotionally painful.

Most amputation victims spend a significant amount of time recovering in the hospital before returning home and continuing the rehabilitation process. Doctors and nurses will monitor the patient’s recovery and ensure that the limb is free of infection, which can only make the issue worse.

In fact, approximately 22 percent of patients who have a lower-limb amputated are expected to be re-admitted to the hospital for complications within 30 days of the surgery.

In addition to the initial preparations and surgery to attach the prosthetic limb, ongoing maintenance and relatively frequent replacement of the device is necessary. Moreover, replacing an amputated arm or leg with a prosthesis requires working with a physical and/or occupational therapist on a regular basis to ensure proper use and care.
Amputation patients may be unable to completely care for themselves or get around without assistance, even with the use of prosthesis: it may be necessary to employ a part-time nurse and/or use a wheelchair or cane. They may also suffer infections in the stump left by the amputation, transferred pain, or psychological issues, including the collective group of symptoms experienced in the absent limb, known as phantom limb syndrome. At Werner Law, we will work with medical professionals and accident investigators to identify, gather and analyze the evidence in your case and build a strong case that proves negligence and demonstrates that you deserve compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident.

Loss of Income After an Amputation

Dismemberment causes permanent disability. The loss of a leg, arm, hand or finger can have a lasting impact on career or work opportunities. Loss of future income is a critical factor when calculating fair and reasonable compensation for amputees.
Elderly patients or those victims with other injuries or medical conditions have a lower likelihood for a successful reattachment.A guillotine-type amputation has the highest success rate. Reimplantation is less likely to succeed in crush or avulsion losses because there is a greater degree of damage to the surrounding tissues. The location of the injury is another factor in the success of reimplantation.