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Updated: 4/13/2007 6:36 pm
The law generally regards a personal injury resulting in the amputation of a part of the body as a permanent disability. In a workers' compensation case, the permanent loss of part of the body may qualify the injured worker for so-called permanent partial disability or PPD (P-P-D) benefits. In most states, PPD benefits are usually set higher than benefits paid to workers whose injuries are only temporary. In some cases, amputation may be the result of negligent medical treatment. Such negligence may include a lack of proper care and attention, failure to provide timely and adequate treatment for a known condition, or an error in treatment. If negligence or carelessness on the part of a physician can be proven, the victim may be able to file a medical malpractice suit against the doctor or the hospital involved. In a medical malpractice case, the victim can sue for actual medical expenses, loss of income, loss of future income, and for compensation for pain and suffering. If you've had to undergo an amputation, it may be advisable to consult an attorney to discuss your rights and options.
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