Amputation Lawyer

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Amputation can often be the result of a traumatic injury, requiring a unique and intricate surgery. This procedure, while often life-saving, can also change everything about your existence. Unlike many other injuries which heal to the point of almost being unrecognizable, you will suffer the loss of a limb and, by extension, a constant reminder of the trauma. 


While amputations are typically necessary in the event of irreparable damage, people can still suffer long afterwards from chronic pain and psychological impacts. As an amputee, you have to consider every aspect of how your life has changed because of your injury. Because of its permanence, many injured people avoid amputation even when it might result in an improved quality of life, which would allow them to live with less pain and disability. At Bergeron Clifford, we consider this a visible catastrophic injury that can alter the course of our clients’ lives. Our experienced amputation injury lawyers will help you determine the proper financial compensation and work hard to get it for you.

Circumstances Surrounding Your Amputation

This life-altering event is often the result of someone else’s negligence, usually caused by a car or motorcycle accident. Amputations cause difficulties not only in the short term, but serve as a permanent reminder of the event. You might continue to have chronic pain or suffer from ongoing mental health problems as a culmination of the consequences of the incident.

Physical Effects

Your body will react to the loss of a limb in a few different ways. You will likely suffer from fatigue due to the extra effort you must use to perform everyday tasks. If you have had a leg amputated, you could be prone to deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot in a vein that could travel throughout your body if not properly treated. Phantom limb syndrome is a unique condition that is often resistant to treatment, causing you sometimes painful sensations to occur in the part of the body that is no longer there. The immediate area of amputation could be slow to heal, or it may become infected and cause you further pain while more tissue needs to be removed. Your ability to move around as you once did will be limited, which might mean that you’ll have to rely on the assistance of others. 

Emotional Effects

The area where you lost the limb may serve as a constant reminder of the trauma you had to overcome. You could suffer from anxiety or depression, restricting your quality of life. PTSD is more common in amputees who have lost a limb as the result of a tragic incident, which might cause you to drastically react to specifics from the event, such as struggling to get into a car after a motor vehicle accident. You may also have angry outbursts, insomnia, nightmares, or flashbacks as a result of PTSD.

Working with an Experienced Amputation Injury Lawyer

At Bergeron Clifford, we have extensive knowledge of amputation injury cases and handle each with the utmost care and concern, working with you to understand the full scope of how this injury has impacted your life. We will collaborate with physiotherapists, psychologists, and other specialists to accurately prove your claim and ensure you receive fair compensation for your trauma. 

The amount of your compensation will take several factors into account, including:


Artificial replacements are incredibly sophisticated nowadays, even when compared to those from a few years back. These unique devices are fitted depending on existing bone, muscle mass, and movement as well as a few other components, allowing you to live a more complete life again. However, they can be expensive, and it may be difficult to find a specialist. Depending on the body part they must replace and the functions required of the limb, you may also need to replace them on a regular basis.

Chronic pain

Although the limb that was amputated, if left alone, would have caused intense and unbearable pain, the area that remains can still feel ongoing discomfort. This may arise from compensatory movements required to work around the lost limb or from the prosthetics. Phantom pain is also a frequent and terrible side-effect that is difficult to treat.

Career and Lifestyle

Before the accident, you were likely able to do what you wanted freely and move around without issue. After an amputation,  your career, family life, hobbies, and other aspects of your life likely changed dramatically, perhaps requiring more support, or the need to change jobs. These factors are key and need to be considered in determining the extent of your loss.

Emotional Effects

There is a reason that many injured people choose to keep limbs that do not work and cause them pain rather than amputate them. The emotional pain of losing part of your body and the social stigma can be intense. If you have chosen to amputate, or if you did not have a choice and suffered amputation during the accident, you may be subject to emotional effects that are very severe.

If you or a loved one has suffered from an amputation, the professional legal team at Bergeron Clifford is here to help. We work tirelessly for our clients to ensure they are awarded compensation for their trauma that reflects the struggles they have to encounter in everyday life. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of working with an experienced amputation injury lawyer, please contact us.

Amputation Case Summary – Chris Clifford

I had the pleasure of representing a gentleman who was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision when an oncoming vehicle crossed over the center line and entered our client’s travelled portion of the roadway.

The most serious of the injuries sustained included a compound fractur to the right femur that required surgical intervention and internal fixation using pins and a rod. Our client’s recovery was complicated by a subsequent fall and resulting infection that ultimately required the amputation of the injured right leg above the knee.


The impact of the injuries was devastating, and our client’s resources were extremely limited.

Our client lived by himself in rural setting with two large dogs. Additionally, our client had a hobby that included drag racing, motorcycle riding and the fixing up of classic vehicles in a separate garage all of which stopped as a result of the accident-related injuries. Our client heated his home with wood in a stove located in the basement that he could no longer access. The physical pain and resulting compromised functional ability also had a dramatic impact on our client’s emotional state and status. In short, the negative impact on our client’s mood and ability to ambulate created a crisis.  Complicating matters further, the accident benefits insurer advanced the position that the client’s subsequent fall and resulting infection that led to the amputation was not accident related. 


Our firm operates on a contingency basis, and we also cover the monetary costs associated with the claims process.  In this particular case, our firm’s coverage of the fixed costs associated with articulating the claim and our contingency-based fee arrangement meant that our client didn’t have to fund his own lawsuit and pay legal fees throughout the course of the claim. SInstead, Bergeron Clifford LLP hired and paid for the very best medical practitioners to provide opinions with respect to the causal connection between the accident and the injuries sustained. The firm also arranged for the very best of care and treatment that we were able to fund through the claims process all the while waiting for our fees to be paid if and only if a successful result was obtained.


Ultimately, we were able to obtain a “catastrophic” designation on the eve of a hearing involving our client’s accident benefits insurer which provided coverage for home and motor vehicle modifications.  With the catastrophic designation we were also able to access additional resources and supports for our client’s care and reintegration into the community and social activities that had been enjoyed previously. 

Additionally, all the good work that was accomplished in our pursuit of a catastrophic designation in the context of our client’s accident benefits insurer is expected to greatly assist in a fair and reasonable resolution of our client’s yet to be resolved lawsuit against the at fault driver.

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Let us help you if you have suffered amputation anywhere in Eastern Ontario. Contact us at 866-384-5886 or fill out our online form. We can meet you at our offices, including Kingston, Ottawa, Whitby, Carleton Place, Perth, or meet wherever is most convenient for you.

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