Amputation Injury in New York
Loss of Limb in Queens
Amputation or dismemberment means the loss of a limb or body part, a finger,
a hand, an arm, a toe, a foot, or a leg. Amputations are horrible injuries.
They can occur in
product liability (defective product) cases where a machine has fast moving, sharp and/or heavy parts. Sometimes
a guard or safety device is missing, or the machine has an unsafe design.
According to the National Limb Loss Information Center, as of the year
2007 there were
approximately 1.7 million people with limb loss living in the United States (excluding fingers and toes). There are more than 185,000 new amputations
performed each year in this country.
Motor vehicle collisions including
motorcycle accidents or truck accidents can also lead to amputation, especially when something
heavy slices or presses onto the accident victim. A serious
burn injury can destroy blood vessels and cause tissue death. In some cases, if an
amputation is not performed, infection can spread, gangrene can set in,
and death may result. Two-thirds of amputations are to the upper part
of the body (arms and hands) versus one-third to the lower part of the
body (legs and feet).
Amputations are catastrophic injuries that usually occur suddenly and
without warning. For more information, click the link to see my
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Common Construction Site Accidents Resulting in Loss of Limb
Amputation injuries are all too common in
construction site accidents. (For more information, see my
FREE report on
construction site accidents by clicking the link.) Loss of a limb can happen when workers operate
unsafe machinery. Dismemberment or amputation can be caused by the following
- Conveyor belts;
- Drill presses;
- Food slicers;
- Guillotine shears;
- Meat grinders;
- Mechanical power presses;
- Metal-forming machines;
- Milling machines; and
- Printing presses.
Children may also be prone to losing a piece of a finger from slamming
doors, both in school and at home, and by slamming car doors. Home appliances
can be cause for amputation of a child's finger, in a washing machine,
dishwasher or dryer door. Paper shredders pose a particularly nasty danger
of amputation injury. If you have young children around, unplug your paper
shredder when it's not in use.
Living With the Aftermath of an Amputation Injury
Amputation usually leads to permanent disability. There can be the need
for several surgeries and the fitting of prosthetic limbs, as well as
psychological and emotional trauma. Rehabilitation and medical care costs
can be high. In addition to Worker's Compensation or
No-Fault insurance benefits, the amputation accident victim or
construction worker may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. An experienced
New York amputation injury lawyer can best point the way.
For your serious personal injury, you need serious legal representation
from a qualified Queens personal injury attorney. Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C.
can provide you with small firm attention, but with the experience and
knowledge that a larger firm has to offer. His case results speak for
themselves. Contact us for your free, initial consultation by calling
us toll free at
(718) 520-8787 .