Houston Amputation Lawyer
Amputations can result in life-threatening complications, and medical treatment can be extremely costly. The expense of emergency medical care, physical therapy, medical equipment, and lost wages can easily reach upwards of a million dollars over the course of your lifetime. Whether the accidental amputation was caused by a construction accident, a car accident, or another type of accident, an amputation attorney can help you and your family determine the best legal steps you need to take next.
The amputation lawyers from Mithoff law have decades of experience handling cases that involve severe injuries such as amputation. While we keep our firm small intentionally, our roots in Houston run deep, including our extensive network of professional witnesses, field experts, and partner firms should special circumstances arise around your case.
Mithoff Law has successfully represented clients who have suffered amputation injuries. Recently, Mithoff Law assisted a client who suffered an amputation of the leg below the knee in a workplace accident along the Houston Ship Channel. The client was seriously injured by a tow motor that ran over him as he was working. The case was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial.
If you or a loved one had a limb amputated and believe someone else is responsible for your injury, an amputation lawyer from Mithoff Law can help evaluate your claims. Call 713-654-1122 or schedule a consultation today.
“Mithoff, a Houston personal injury lawyer, is no stranger to winning big payoffs for large groups of people. He negotiated a $2.3 billion settlement with the tobacco industry for Harris and other counties, and he won $80 million for residents of a nursing home who were killed in a 2005 bus explosion while fleeing Hurricane Rita.”
– Houston Chronicle, November 22, 2017
Types of Amputations
Traumatic amputation can be classified as either partial (the limb is partially attached to the body) or complete. Complete amputation happens when the limb is fully detached from the body. Amputations are often classified by the method of injury.
Sharp amputation: Sharp amputations happen when the injury creates a “smooth cut,” meaning the injury has well-defined edges which may make it easier to reattach the limb.
Crush Amputation: Crush amputations occur when a heavy object lands on a limb or is slammed against the limb. These types of amputations are commonly seen with heavy machinery accidents. It can be difficult to reattach a limb after a crush amputation due to extensive damage to the muscles and bones.
Avulsion Amputation: Avulsion amputations occur when forceful overstretching removes a limb. This type of amputation is commonly seen in heavy machinery accidents when a limb gets caught in a piece of moving machinery. Like crush amputations, it can be very difficult to reattach a limb after avulsion amputation due to the amount of damage sustained.
Common amputation accidents
For nearly half a century, the amputation attorneys at Mithoff Law have represented the hard-working people whose lives and families’ lives have been negatively impacted by another party’s negligence. We have represented individuals and families affected by amputations arising from:
According to the Amputee Coalition, there are currently 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States. The Coalition estimates that nearly 45 percent of those amputations are the direct result of trauma from incidents like car and motorcycle accidents.
Forklifts, machinery, power tools, and other products are expected to operate properly. A defective product, especially defective heavy equipment, can cause serious injuries, including amputation.
At times, medical malpractice can result in amputations. For example, medical malpractice can result in amputations where:
- Misdiagnosis of a medical condition leads to the spread of infection
- Administration of the wrong medication requires amputation of affected limbs
- The wrong limb is amputated during a surgical procedure
Types of catastrophic injuries other than amputations
In the course of an accident severe enough to result in amputation, other catastrophic injuries may also occur, including:
Traumatic brain injury: A powerful blow to the head or extreme whiplash can cause a concussion or other types of traumatic brain injury. Head injuries can affect cognition, vision, speech, hearing, and balance. If a car accident was serious enough to cause the amputation of a limb it is possible that a traumatic brain injury was also sustained.
Spinal cord injury: Your spinal cord is a major component of your central nervous system. If you injure your spinal cord it can cause paralysis or loss of movement in your limbs or other sections of your body.
Severe burn injury: In the case of a chemical plant explosion or another accident when an extreme heat source is present, major burns can occur in addition to an amputation.
Whatever injuries you or a loved one sustained alongside an amputation, our team of skilled amputation injury lawyers are here to help you establish your claims and pursue litigation.
Why you should work with an amputation injury lawyer from Mithoff Law
You should not have to pursue legal recourse alone, especially when you are recovering and facing the major life changes that follow an amputation. Mithoff Law has extensive experience pursuing personal injury claims for severe injuries, including amputation, and is nationally recognized for our remarkable track record of advocacy and integrity.
If you or a loved one are suffering in the wake of an amputation, we are here to help. Call Mithoff Law at 713-654-1122 or schedule a consultation online today.