St. Louis Car Accidents and Amputation Injuries

Approximately 30,000 amputations occur each year in the United States.

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An amputation is the removal of a body extremity. An amputation may occur accidently as a result of a trauma or may have to be done surgically. Body parts that commonly suffer these types of injuries include the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands, and arms. If a limb is severely damaged due to a trauma or suffers a life threatening infection and cannot be saved, it may have to be surgically amputated. In serious accidents, a limb may be severed or torn off. This is known as amputation by trauma.

Compensation for Amputation Injuries

If someone is responsible for a car accident that causes an amputation, the victim may be entitled to recover compensation for all the losses suffered. The victim may claim the medical expenses and pain and suffering caused by the injury and amputation, but there are several other aspects of the claim that need due consideration. The victim may also be able to recover loss earnings, future medical bills, loss of earning capacity, and other expenses, such as those related to artificial limbs or prosthetics.

Compensation for Loss of Wages

A victim who suffers an amputation injury may need to take time off work to recover from the injury, or the victim may lose the ability to return to work. If the victim is able to return to work, he or she may have to take a wage cut or accept a job that involves less physical activity. In any situation, the victim may need to make a claim for lost wages, and possibly, for loss of earning capacity as well.

Compensation for Medical Expenses

A person who suffers an amputation injury may incur high medical costs for a long period of time. It is important to include in the claim all expenses related to the injury including radiology, emergency room treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and prescription costs.
In some cases, the victim may develop significant scarring and may need to undergo plastic surgery. The victim may also suffer serious neurological or psychological symptoms after the injury. It is normal to experience depression, anxiety, or low self esteem, and may require help from a counselor or psychologist. A St. Louis car accident attorney will take all these expenses into account to file a claim for compensation.

Compensation for Prosthetics

In many cases of severe amputation, the victim has to use an artificial limb to restore the ability to perform daily activities. These prosthetics or assistive devices can be costly to purchase and maintain. So, including these costs in the claim for compensation is essential. Amputation can turn a person’s life around for worse. Using assistive devices and technologies or remodeling the home to allow the victim to function as normally as he or she can will cost a lot of money. This money should be recovered from the party at fault. There are strict time limits for all personal injury claims including those involving amputation injuries. Consult an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.


Do You Text and Drive?

Approximately 660,000 American drivers use their cell phones every day for answering a phone call, texting, or sending emails.

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The use of cell phones while driving is linked to the increased risk of fatal car accidents. Although car accidents associated with the use of cell phones while driving are preventable, a large number of drivers disregard laws against distracted driving and put their lives and the lives of others. Here are some statistics made available from our St. Louis car accident attorney.

Statistics Associated with Cell Phone Use and Driving

  • The risk of vehicular crashes increase by 23 times when a driver texts while driving.
  • Vehicular accidents are four times more likely to occur when drivers talk on their phones while driving.
  • The reaction time of young drivers is similar to the reaction time of a 70-year-old when they talk on their cell phone.
  • Drivers are distracted for around five seconds when they answer a text message. This is enough time for a vehicle to travel the length of an entire football field.
  • A ban against texting while driving is supported by 94 percent of drivers.
  • A ban against the use of hand held cellular phones is supported by 74 percent of drivers.

2012 Statistics Associated With Driving While Using a Cell Phone

  • Distracted driving led to 3,328 deaths in 2012.
  • Distracted driving caused injuries to around 421,000 individuals.
  • Distracted driving was behind 11 percent of deaths of drivers under the age of 20 in 2012.
  • Twenty-five percent of teenage drivers respond to at least one text message while driving. Around 10 percent of parents and 20 percent of teenagers revealed they had a text conversation while they were driving.

2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Behaviors and Attitudes

  • Around 48 percent of drivers acknowledged that they answer their cellular phones while driving.
  • Around 58 percent of drivers who answer their cell phones while driving revealed they continue to drive while answering a phone call.
  • The survey also revealed that 24 percent of drivers are willing to use their cell phones to make a call even though they are driving.
  • Ten percent of the survey respondents acknowledged that they send emails or text messages while driving.
  • Around 14 percent of the respondents revealed they read emails or text messages while driving.
  • Most of the survey respondents are supportive of laws that ban the use of cell phones while driving.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may feel traumatized and frustrated. However, it is important for you to understand that laws are in place to protect your rights and to penalize negligent drivers. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.