An average of 36,000 injured people between 2012 and 2014 were cared for by hospital emergency rooms because of unsafe use of power lawn mowers, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s fact sheet on power lawn mowers. Lawn mower injuries can lead to amputation, disfigurement, sight loss, as well as a wide variety of severe wounds. This statistic only accounts for lawn mowers, which are machines that many homeowners and Oklahoma citizens operate on a regular basis, but there are far more opportunities for amputation and disfigurement injuries than one might realize.
If you or a loved one has encountered a severe injury that lead to amputation or disfigurement and you need legal representation and services, contact the Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers, who specialize in amputation and disfigurement, at Foshee and Yaffe in Oklahoma City, OK by calling toll free at (405) 378-3033.
CAUSES OF AMPUTATION
According to WebMD, there are a variety of reasons one might require amputation. Amputation is the removal of a limb, extremity or body part by surgery such as an arm, leg, foot, hand, toe, or finger. Most often, the cause for this extreme measure is inadequate circulation due to damage done by peripheral arterial disease. Other possible reasons for amputations might include:
- Severe injury (from a serious burn or automobile accident)
- Malignant tumor found inside the bone or muscle of the body part
- Severe infection that antibiotics or other treatments cannot cure
- Neuroma, or thickening of nerve tissue
- On the job accidents
- Medical malpractice
CAUSES OF DISFIGUREMENT
Disfigurement, by definition, describes the impairment of beauty. Medical disfigurement causes sufferers to look abnormal. The injury or abnormality might be located in the soft tissue, skin, ligaments, or muscles, and even in the bone. The disfiguring condition can have grave psychological effects on the person suffering from it, since others often view disfigurement negatively.
Disfigurement could occur due to a congenital abnormality, an accident, or disease. Accidents that could cause disfigurement include:
- Injuries from explosions
- Mistakes from plastic surgery or other surgical procedures
- Other surgery blunders
- Violent crimes or attacks
- Dog bites
THE IMPACT OF AMPUTATION AND DISFIGUREMENT
The preliminary medical care and rehabilitation you may need as a sufferer of amputation or disfigurement can be extensive. In fact, if you have lost a limb, your ability to work could be severely compromised. If you are in a career that requires intense physical stamina like manual labor, you may need to seek out completely different employment and training to do so.
Additionally, you may encounter any of the following:
- Past and future medical costs
- Expenses related to prosthetics, if applicable to your situation
- Decrease in income while you recover from your injury
- Loss of opportunities
- The need for occupational and/or physical therapy
- Vocational counseling or psychological counseling, if needed
RECOVERING YOUR LOSSES
If anyone is at fault at any level for your injuries or even the original injuries that led to the necessary amputation of a limb or eventual disfigurement, you may be entitled to compensation for real financial losses and psychological pain and suffering. Only a qualified and experienced amputation and disfigurement attorney should be trusted in such a dire situation.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IN OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Did a surgeon acting negligently cause your injury? Is your amputation or disfigurement injury the result of medical malpractice? Don’t trust any lawyer off the street who claims to have experience with personal injury. Contact an attorney who has experience with amputation and disfigurement injuries like Foshee and Yaffe, attorneys at law. We are here to find you justice.
Since 1977, we have served the citizens of Oklahoma City and other communities across OK. Whether you have suffered injury at work, because of the products or actions of another, or whether you may need legal representation in an employment, family law, or in an insurance, business, or commercial matter, Foshee & Yaffe is here to help.