Maryland Finger Amputation Attorney
Finger amputations can be a life-altering injury but are, unfortunately, not uncommon in Maryland. However, finger amputation victims can recover compensation for their severe injuries if another person negligently caused them.
Finger amputations often occur in workplace accidents where dangerous machinery is commonly used. Recovering compensation after a workplace finger amputation can be challenging, but there are options to hold your employer liable in a lawsuit. If another type of accident caused your finger amputation, you can typically forgo the insurance claims process and go straight to filing a lawsuit against the negligent party. A finger amputation victim can also claim a wide range of damages in their lawsuit.
If you have sustained a finger amputation injury, our Maryland finger amputation attorneys can help you determine the parties liable and hold them accountable. For a free case review, contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291.
Common Ways Finger Amputations Occur in Maryland
Finger amputation injuries are more common in Maryland than people expect. Finger amputations can be caused in many different ways but most often occur in workplace and car accidents. Victims who have lost a finger will likely have life-long effects and require long-term care to treat properly. Fortunately, our Maryland finger amputation attorneys can help you recover compensation regardless of how your injury was caused.
Workplace accidents are arguably the most responsible for finger amputations in Maryland. Numerous dangerous industries operate in Maryland, such as construction and meat-packing, where finger amputations can easily occur. Much of the equipment used in these industries can result in crushing and tearing injuries that could require a finger to be amputated later. The following are typical ways that workers can suffer a finger amputation in a Maryland workplace accident:
- Meat-processing accidents
- Saw and slicer accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Punching and shearing machine accidents
- Paper products machine accidents
- Woodworking accidents
- Accidents involving forklifts and other heavy machinery
- Power tool accidents
- Roll-bending machine accidents
In some cases, finger amputation victims will need to file for Workers’ Compensation to recover benefits for their damages and will be prevented from bringing further legal action. However, suppose your finger amputation was caused because your employer failed to follow regulations or did not properly train an employee that injured you. In that case, they can be held liable in a lawsuit.
Another common cause of finger amputations in Maryland is vehicle accidents. Car accidents can result in severe crushing injuries to the victims involved. In unfortunate cases, fingers will need to be amputated at the hospital as they are beyond saving or cannot be reattached. Finger amputation injuries are more common in accidents involving motorcycles and large vehicles like commercial trucks.
Fortunately, you can recover compensation from a negligent driver in a lawsuit. Maryland is an at-fault state, meaning you can either file a lawsuit or an insurance claim so long as you can prove that the other driver caused your injuries. However, filing a lawsuit is often the best way to recover all the compensation you could be entitled to for an injury as severe as a finger amputation.
Other Common Causes
Finger amputations can occur in other ways than those listed above. For instance, finger amputations can be the result of medical malpractice. An erroneous finger amputation can occur if a mistake is made during surgery or the wrong finger is operated on. In other cases, a doctor might fail to diagnose a condition that leads to losing a patient’s fingers.
A finger amputation injury could also be caused by unsafe conditions on another person’s property. If your injuries were caused by a property or business owner’s negligence, they can be held liable. Our Maryland finger amputation attorneys can help you recover compensation for your injuries no matter who caused your finger amputation.
Compensation You Can Recover for a Finger Amputation in Maryland
Damages refer to the economic and non-economic losses a victim has suffered from their finger amputation. Our Maryland finger amputation attorneys can review your case to help calculate the damages that you can claim in your lawsuit.
Finger amputation victims can claim the economic damages their injuries have caused. This typically includes your medical expenses and lost wages, but you can also claim future medical costs and lost earnings that your injury will cause. Most finger amputation victims will require physical therapy long after they sustained their injuries, and the amount of compensation will usually be higher for the loss of a finger. Fortunately, Maryland does not cap the amount of economic damages that a victim can be awarded in a lawsuit.
Finger amputation victims can also recover non-economic damages for the pain and suffering their injuries have caused. These damages are based on your personal experiences that living with your injuries has caused and can be difficult to calculate. However, the following are some of the non-economic damages that a finger amputation victim can claim in Maryland:
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Mourning the loss of your limb
- Phantom limb pain and discomfort
- Lost ability to participate in activities
- Fear of future injury
- Loss of confidence
- Loss of independence
- Loss of mobility
- Scarring and disfigurement damages
- Loss of spousal benefits
Unfortunately, Maryland does cap non-economic damages, which are capped at $920,000 as of late 2022. This number usually increases once or twice each year, though, so the cap will likely be higher in 2023. Our Maryland finger amputation attorneys can help you determine what non-economic damages you can pursue in your case.
Punitive damages are rarely awarded in a lawsuit but are done so not to compensate the victim but to punish the defendant in a case. You can claim punitive damages if the other person’s conduct that caused your finger amputation is considered egregious. Fortunately, Maryland also does not cap the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded to a victim.
Our Maryland Finger Amputation Attorneys Can Help
If you recently suffered a finger amputation in an accident, our Maryland finger amputation attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve for your injuries. Call Rice, Murtha & Psoras today at (410) 694-7291 for a free case evaluation.