At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our Oakland injury lawyers represent amputees who lose limbs in traumatic accidents and as the result of medical malpractice.
Our firm has maintained a 98% recovery rate over the last decade. Among our amputation claim results, we secured a $4.5 million settlement in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of our client’s leg.
We take amputation claims seriously and use all of our resources to help our clients recover.
Many amputations take place under a skilled surgeon’s hand to eliminate infection and necrotic tissue, but some happen as the result of preventable trauma. Explosions, car accidents, and crushing accidents are just a few scenarios that can lead to the loss of a limb in Oakland. Those who suffer amputation injuries at the hands of another have the right to compensation under state laws.
Types of Amputation Injuries in Oakland
The city of Oakland is home to one of the busiest ports in California, several manufacturing facilities, and many popular Bay Area thoroughfares. These areas represent an increased risk for traumatic amputations. Heavy equipment, sharp tools, and traveling vehicles all hold the power to crush or sever a finger, toe, hand, foot, leg, or arm. In the most severe cases, an individual may lose multiple limbs.
Traumatic amputation injuries can happen all at once or result in the surgical amputation of a limb. For example, a laser cutter could cleanly slice through a finger or hand. A conveyor belt, in contrast, could trap and crush a person’s hand. A modern surgeon can do much to save limb, but he or she cannot reassemble a completely crushed hand. Surgical amputation may serve as the only course of treatment.
Living without a Limb
Imagine trying to accomplish your daily schedule without a hand or a leg. For traumatic amputation injury victims, the sudden loss of a limb can feel very physically disconcerting and emotionally devastating. It can lead to phantom limb pain, months or years of rehabilitation, the lost ability to work, and financial hardship. Prosthesis can help, but it can never replace a limb injured in a preventable accident.
An amputee may have to reassess his or her entire life. Amputation can affect driving skills, athletic abilities, cooking abilities, and personal relationships. Someone without hands may never experience the sensation of touch in the same way again. Amputees often live rich and rewarding lives, but say that the sudden loss of a limb doesn’t affect them would be naïve.
If you or a loved one is recovering from an amputation injury, consider contacting the Center for Independent Living, Inc. The organization has locations in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda. It offers both general disability support and amputee support events throughout the year.
Oakland Amputation Lawyers You Can Trust
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have been protecting the rights of personal injury victims since 1959. We are proud of our reputation among our clients and peers alike. Our team accepts every case on a contingency fee basis, allowing our clients to focus on getting well while we handle all legal matters. In addition to pursuing a claim, we can help you find qualified medical support, negotiate medical expense liens, and provide helpful advice along the way.
We would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about your possible amputation case. Our attorneys are friendly, approachable, and compassionate. Reach out to our office for a free case evaluation today.