An amputation requires a complete shift in how your body operates. Living the rest of your life without a body part that you have spent years using can have far-reaching effects — not the least of which is the need to learn how to function without the limb. There are also possible complications with the amputation itself. Medically, these include an increased risk of infection and pain.
Other complications include things like phantom limb pain, a pain that is often felt in the area where an arm or leg existed before amputation. Although the limb is gone, the nerve endings at the amputation site continue to send pain signals to the brain that make the brain think the limb is still there.
In addition to the pain, rehabilitation for amputation is an ongoing process that can be extremely strenuous. If you need equipment or choose to get a prosthetic limb, the costs can add up quickly. The rehabilitation process can also take a toll on the patient’s mental health, as well. Many patients have to see a therapist to work through the trauma of the event. Of course, most victims are unable to work during their recovery, which can be an added financial strain as well.
Nebraska’s Contributory Negligence Rule
If you are considering pursuing a personal injury claim for your case, it’s important to remember that Nebraska is a comparative negligence state. This means that Nevada will assign a percentage of fault to each party involved in an accident. If you are awarded any damages from your claim, those damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault that you are assigned for the accident.
For personal injury cases, Nebraska follows a contributory negligence rule. This essentially means that in order to successfully recover damages for your injuries, you must prove that any fault you had in the accident is less than the total fault of all of the other drivers that you wish to seek compensation from.
For example, let's say you were involved in an accident with two other individuals, and the court finds that you were 10% at fault and each of the other individuals is found to be 45% at fault. If you suffered $100,000 in damages, you would only be eligible to collect $90,000 in damages.
There are compensatory damages that you can recover for things such as medical bills and lost wages. These are considered economic damages. You can also recover non-economic damages for things such as pain and suffering and punitive damages.