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 car accidents, bus accidents, 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 FREE report on catastrophic injuries.

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 equipment:

  • 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 .

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