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AMPUTATIONS

When a person loses a limb in an accident, his or her life will change dramatically. Excruciating physical pain including severe emotional trauma are among the devastating losses associated with any lost limbs. If you have had been in an accident resulting with a limb amputation due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, product or company, you will most likely qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit, seeking financial recovery for the damages you face for the rest of your life. This recovery also includes adding the pain and emotional trauma and life adjustments to your family members as well.

There are time constraints that the law dictates that limit how long you have after an accident to file a lawsuit in order to seek compensation for your injuries and financial losses. When meeting with Hollingsworth and Mumen Law firm, we can discuss any statute of limitation issues and advise you of your rights and what we can do for you. If you are disabled there is a news website you may want to check out: Disabled-World.com

A person may lose an arm or a leg from trauma caused by (but not limited to) the following:

  •     Fall accident

  •     Train accident

  •       Airplane accident   
  •     Auto accident

  •     Truck accident

  •     Motorcycle accident

  •     Construction accident


Other cases of lost limbs in which a person may qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit include: Severe infection, wrong 'site' surgery, Misdiagnosis of a condition.

NLLIC Amputation Statistics:
  • Upper-limb amputations accounted for the vast majority (68.6 percent) of all trauma-related amputations occurring during the study period.


  • 25.8 percent at above-knee level
  • 27.6 percent at below-knee level
  • 42.8 percent involving numerous other levels.
  • Between 1988 and 1996, there was an average of 133,735 hospital discharges for amputation per year.
  • Dysvascular amputations accounted for 82 percent of limb loss discharges and increased at a rate of 27 percent over the period studied.
2.7 million dollar case where a 50 year old man who was a machine operator was attempting to clear a jam on a piece of industrial machinery called a "panel cutter".  As s result, he worker suffered the amputation of his hand, a recent case in the U.S.

$33 million dollar case awarded. A 19 year old railroad conductor sustained massive injuries to the upper thighs and lower abdominal and fractures to both legs in addition he had multiple areas of his pelvis injured. He underwent amputation surgery to both legs. The railroad violated the federal radio communication rule governing train operations. The young man was awarded $33 million.


Sources of compensation for accidental amputation

  • Employer
  • Company /Business
  •  Individual
  • Property owner
  • Insurance company
  • Manufacturer
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity



  • Life care expenses 
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)
  • Lost wages if you take time off form your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Life care expenses including, architectural renovations to the patient's home, including tub, toilet, and ingress, transportation, such as an adaptive van, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, case management, supervisory care and nursing, medication, medical supplies (such as catheters), and medical equipment  facility care and services, home care and services
  • Loss of advice including comfort, assistance, protection, counsel, companionship