Tennessee Amputation Lawyers

Amputation and Dismemberment

The Tennessee personal injury attorneys at Baker Associates help those who have lost fingers, hands, feet, arms or legs as a result of another person's negligence. When such accidents occur - whether at work, in a hospital, or on-the-road - you have a right to compensation, either from the negligent parties or from their insurance companies.

What is Amputation?

Amputation is the removal of a body extremity, such as an arm, leg, or finger, by trauma or surgery.

Where and Why do Amputations Occur?

In the surgical context, amputation is used to control pain or to eliminate a diseased limb due to malignancy or gangrene.

In the trauma or personal injury context, amputation occurs as a result of 1) a workplace accident, 2) a car, truck or motorcycle accident, or 3) malpractice committed by a surgeon who mistakenly cuts off the wrong limb or makes a mistake requiring amputation as an intervening surgery.

Effects of Amputation

In addition to physical suffering, amputees experience psychological trauma and emotional discomfort. Often, the stump remains in an area of reduced mechanical stability. Moreover, limb loss may present significant practical limitations.

A large proportion of amputees also experience what is called phantom limbs, wherein they feel sensation in body parts that are no longer there. These sensations include itching, aching, burning, tensing, dry/wet sensations, and movement. A related phenomenon to the phantom limb phenomenon is the unexplained sensation amputees sometime feel in a body part unrelated to the amputated limb or extremity.

Another side-effect can be what is called heterotopic ossification. When this occurs, the brain signals to the body to grow bone instead of scar tissue, which produces nodules on the stump. This interferes with with prosthetics and sometimes requires further operations. Heterotopic ossification often occurs where a bone injury is combined with a head injury.

What Damages Can I Recover for Injuries Caused by Another's Negligence?

Among other things, the amputee may recover for,

Conclusion

If you or a loved one has experienced an amputation injury caused by another person, hospital, workplace, nursing home, or physician, call (866) 853-2888 today to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

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