Amputation and dismemberment involves the removal of your body parts, typically as a result of severe trauma to a limb, such as an arm or leg. Amputation attorneys see a lot of missing extremities cases and childhood injuries due to motorcycle and cross walk injuries. The hospital will also sometimes be forced to remove a limb to stop the spread of infections, diseases, or to thwart a person from bleeding to death. We are the EhlinLaw Firm of Greater Los Angeles.
We devote a large segment of our law practice to representing individuals and their loved ones in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities who are enduring the catastrophic blow of having lost one of their limbs. Our lead attorney, Michael Ehline, is himself a disabled military veteran, who is involved in the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and in assisting handicapped people as an ADA lawyer. Due to our experiences in assisting war veterans, and families of amputees, we bring a unique perspective to all facets of amputation claims we assist with. We honestly comprehend the pain and suffering that amputees are enduring across the LA, and we fight extremely hard in securing the compensation and other potential benefits individuals are entitled to under the law.
We’ve achieved major success in helping individual with the plethora of legal ramifications and disputes, like being denied on valid health and liability insurance claims the nexus of which, arose from the amputation itself (This could mean being denied a prosthesis, or even pain medicine). Typically, insurance will be involved at some point, since lawsuits against the wrongdoer who caused the injuries, such as a bad doctor, or a tragic car accident, are almost always the ultimate outcome of a shocking event like this. No matter your domicile or residence, we are here to render legal aid. How about this?
When you or loved one is assaying the unusual legal trouble that an amputation comes with, pick up your iPhone and call us at (213) 596-9642. I’d like you to tell me what happened, then we’ll probably ask each other a few questions. If you are struggling with a legal problem, we are dedicated to helping you. Let us first start helping, by shielding your rights, and targeting those bad actors with a lawsuit immediately. We will come to you, no matter where it is, hospital, house or workplace.
We deserve your confidence, since we have litigated many catastrophic limb loss claims with excellence. We go the extra mile, and when necessary, retain special experts with technical skills, and our representatives who are of counsel to us, are seasoned trial lawyers with years of experience. Let us dedicated our resources to compel the culpable defendants to assume liability for their negligent actions or inaction. The lawyers at Ehline Law are chomping at the bit to take on your case.
What Makes the Ehline Firm Different?
The firm’s unequaled achievements and real life experience of our advocates makes us a cut above the rest. This sets us apart from other lawyers right off the bat. Our lead attorney, Michael Ehline, is disabled himself, and he has many friends and former clients who have been forced to wear artificial, plastic limbs as part of their day to day lives. The outcome of all of this? We get it.
We understand the day to day cognitive factors amputees are forced to struggle with every waking hour, and even at rest. We have published many top read articles on social media, that have been viewed worldwide across the internet. Many of our clients and fellow attorneys consider Ehline to be the gold standard in loss of limb lawsuits.
This is a great question, and in order to answer it, first some basics. The burden of proving negligence and damages is on the party asserting the claim, or the “plaintiff”. This is the same whether or not it is a car accident case, or a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our attorneys are famous for “thinking outside the box”, as they brainstorm, investigate and banter, in order to meliorate arguments targeting who is at fault (“legal liability”).
We argue smartly for the victims of devastation and loss, impressing upon juries, judges, insurance adjustors, and defense attorneys that the victim is not the bad actor, and the victim must be indemnified. These individuals almost never award money to anyone, unless they are led on a journey of discovery by articulate, educated, convincing orators such as us. We may even retain experts, and mock juries to develop even more case theories, and approaches for trial counsel to consider.
We have a rare gem in our arsenal of veteran talent, and we go far to help you obtain just and reasonable remuneration when all seems lost. We want your confidence as we navigate you through the complex issues, these types of catastrophic cases can result in. Let our “we think outside the box” approach carry the day as we come up with legitimate, well supported theories buttressing your damages claims. We want to get as close to a damages windfall in your favor as possible, leaving nothing to risk.
Adding Value to the Case Means Beefing Up the Compensatory Damages Evidence: Both Economic and Non-Economic
Although the below tutorial is by no means comprehensive, it is designed to give the personal injury victim a general idea of the types of compensatory awards available as a matter of law, but only upon reasonable proof.
- “Special,” or Economic Damages: The most compelling components of economic loss are the special damages associated with things like out-of-pocket costs. People need to get back the money they are out for incidental expenses that come with a tragedy. Also known as special damages, these regularly will be composed of an individual’s past and future losses from medical debt, and even present, past and future wage and income losses and reductions of earnings from having been disabled. Enunciating these dollar amounts in the case of a missing appendage, or digit case mandates an extraordinary understanding of both medicine and the law. The costs of expensive new things like prosthetics, handicap friendly living accommodations, and transport vehicles for victims of missing limbs, hands or fingers, need to be explored and provided for as a lifelong necessity. Knowing the medical and ADA compliance industry, and what is best for the lifetime care of the patient, is of utmost important when considering these new costs and future humanitarian advances. So what is affordable today, with R&D, will be more tomorrow, like a new iPhone for a busy attorney, a handicapped victim deserves to get any new technology that could make his or her life better. What is affordable today may cost much more in the future, and thus, expert life-care planners, as well as occupational therapists may also be required to put a cost on the increased dollar amounts and costs of living increases in order to get a jury, or adjustor, to accommodate these expenses. One illustration would be the costs of re training education, another one might include the microprocessor knees, or blades, all of which are extremely expensive, and constantly rising as robotics, and even bionics become a real possibility in providing basic relief to the downtrodden limb loss victim. Many of us disabled veterans and auto accident victims have one thing in common. We liked to work out and participate in sports. But without and economic analysis that includes the costs of state of the art devices and tools, the amputees are much less likely to get those cutting edge wheelchairs, or blade legs to continue remaining active sports like running, basketball, bicycle riding, snowboarding, competitive swimming, and even skydiving or jiujitsu. Ehline Law’s special insight on things like knee braces, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, walkers and crutches, gives peace of mind to their wounded clients. Our desire is zoom in on the economic road map to the best life possible, and get the victims the money they deserve to get their life on the best track possible. We spend our own money when we feel compelled to retain the very best experts situated to give you a compendious analysis of all your potential future accommodations. And you need this workup, since, as discussed, these amounts can run in the millions of dollars over the life of the survivor.
- “General,” or Non-Economic Damages: General damages are the opposite of economics, discussed above. These damages attempt to compensate a grieving and suffering victims for their past, present and future “pain and suffering”, which necessarily includes compensation for having to look at the gruesome, lobbed off appendage, the nerve shocks, nerve damage, painful surgeries, addiction to pain meds, embarrassment, loss of physical attraction to your life partner, and other mental anguish, that comes with losing the joy and happiness one once had as a healthy individual. We use our compassion and empathy to get into the shoes of the victim and help them get through their day to day personal battles by giving them confidence that a jury will get all the details in order for them to award the max compensation possible to an amputee. Your struggle is our struggle. We will use our exceptional credibility to put you on a pedestal while before a jury of your peers, a court, or other decision maker. We will passionately articulate your mental and physical problems with resolve. This could include making day in the life videos, calling witnesses who have known you all your life, hiring psychiatrists and care providers, and more. There is an art to achieving a fair amount of money for a pain and suffering claim. We try and make it easy on the trier of fact, by properly gathering evidence and formulating graphs to help them arrive at a just decision. Although economic damages are usually certain, unavoidable, and readily calculable non-economic losses typically require a confident orator who is able to project a compassionate plea based upon the mountain of evidence about the new found hindrances and grief the amputee is facing. Educating a jury, or other decision maker and being pro active is a mandatory and compelling part of lawyering, that is instilled into each of our legal counselors as the present your case to the jurors.
Dealing With Tort Reform
Unfortunately, “Tort Reform” which is really a code word for “limiting the right of a victim to recover fair compensation,” has severely harmed the right of an amputee to recover general damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Since these damages are capped, your attorney needs to explore additional legal “mixed-bag” theories like fraud, the EADACPA and other California statutes like Business and Professions Code Sec. 17200, in order to find alternate forms of compensation. In these cases, it is even more important to hire a winner to build the futures under the special damages part of your case. If you want to speak to a master of disaster who is a true champion for consumer’s rights, contact Ehline now at (213) 596-9642. Let us help you get the full measure of what is coming to you.
In most cases, no way. Our years of intricate experience in dealing with these types of heavy duty claims, have been able to obtain supplemental funding, and early settlements. We are hard core, so we don’t rely upon getting any remorse or sympathy from heartless, hardened, cynical insurance companies, and their wealthy Harvard and Dartmouth defense attorneys. We get in the trenches and get dirty by doing the grunt work of gathering overwhelming direct and circumstantial evidence. We never overestimate or underestimate friend or foe.
Although gruesome pictures and testimony of victims play a part in swaying a jury, our position as seasoned veterans, shows us that juries want to reward a tort claimant who has taken steps to mitigate their losses, and does not feel sorry for themselves. The trier of ultimate facts wants to see the evidence. So although catchy statements like “if the glove don’t fit, you must acquit”, are catchy phrases, most of the time, pandering, and evoking sympathy, is something a typical juror hates.
Ehline Law fosters an environment where the jury sees a pattern of personal conviction, honor and honesty. We want to feed the jury with evidence and let them participate in making your case for you. This empowers them and creates a day in the life trial theme that focuses on you as a person of conviction who was dealt a bad hand by a wrongdoer, yet who is overcoming the obstacles despite your depression and pain. Thus, we try and stimulate our clients with devastating injuries, into staying positive, being grateful for the good things they are left with, and instill in them a “can do” mentality so they can try to move forward with their lives. This enables us to focus on building your lawsuit and keeping you as positive and productive as possible.
We will dedicate our cache of resources, friends, retired judges, experts, and other contacts, legal research and veteran experience, to leading you and your case into positive results. Many of our clients desperately seek some sort of normality and guidance. We want to help they assimilate themselves in a productive, happy life after being put through all that torment and grief of dealing with a missing body part. As discussed, this firm is already active with the DAV, and other support networks of handicapped victims. Ehline advocates participate in disabled athletic events, and have sponsored support groups for things like cancer, disabled vets, and others. [1. Amputee Coalition http://www.amputee-coalition.org/] [2. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine Support Group http://rusk.med.nyu.edu/amputee-support-program ] We feel that we are the best suited firm to dial in your injury claims.
As an amputee you could have other problems during the adjustment period of your initial disfigurement that mandate retention of counsel. The emotional trauma of losing a body part could take many years to stabilize. Normally an amputee or disfigurement victim will need special pain medication, psychotherapy and hospitalization to deal with the serious after effects of loss of a limb, or destruction thereof.
There are typically many reasons a doctor or expert amputation specialist may need to amputate a limb or other human extremities as well. If the limb is extremely wasted or butchered, such as gangrene, it will need to be removed because it will never heal and could cause severe bleeding or rot. In some cases, you could bleed to death unless there is emergency surgery to save your life.
When you or someone you care for suffers from a traumatic injury causing a victim to become an amputee, you could be entitled to monetary compensation. This could include damages for pain and suffering and even punitive damages against the wrongdoer. An amputation injury lawyer will be needed in order to get proper legal representation regarding your disfigurements claims.
Common Causes of These Injuries Include Accidents involving:
- Amusement Parks
- Tour Buses
We have represented cruise ship victims and even limo passengers, all over the US and the world. Lawyers of counsel to our firm are also licensed to practice in California, Rhode Island, New York, Florida, and the Washington DC. The attorneys of Ehline Law will seek obtain pro hac vice admission in any state where our technical experience and skills are required to help be he decisive factor in winning your case. No matter what jurisdiction or venue, we want to fight for you, so you can fight another day.
Ehline Law Firm PC has represented injured victims. As aggressive legal advocates, we know that this is your first and last chance to recover money. Nothing can ever return your limbs, but at least you can lessen the costs of care and afford to have a helper, or special handicapped persons tools from the injury compensation. Contact us for free to learn more from an injury attorney, or other California city, at 888-400-9721.