How Much is a Human Limb Worth?

How much is a limb worth after a Texas car wreck

Some Car Accidents Result in Loss of Limbs

A traumatic car wreck often results in severe injuries, such as the loss of a limb.  Those injuries will dramatically change your life, and while no amount of money will regrow that arm or leg – money will help you through therapy, specialized equipment, and more.  But how much is that limb worth?  What sort of compensation will you receive if you are dismembered during a traumatic care wreck?

The Car Crash Captain dives into this topic, and has come to the conclusion that it all depends.  Let’s see what you can do to ensure you’re compensated fairly if this traumatic injury ever happens to you.

Compensation isn’t Strictly Based on the Severity of Injuries

It’s true that the more severe the injury, the more you will receive in compensation.  But that is not the only factor that comes into play.

A traumatic brain injury may be a severe injury that results in extreme changes in your lifestyle.  Some who suffer from these injuries require 24-hour care for the rest of their lives.  That severe injury means they would need to be compensated at a higher rate than someone who broke their arm.

However, there’s more to it than that.  How do we determine the severity of losing a leg below the knee as compared to at the knee?  Is an arm worth less than a leg?  A finger more than a toe?  If you lost your pinky toe would you be in less pain than if you lost your pointer finger?

More severe injuries usually result in higher compensation, but we also have to look at other variables.

We can Look at State and National Average for these Cases

If you are injured in a wreck, you aren’t going to be the first person that is injured in a similar manner.  In fact, there are so many injuries, every single year, that we can get a really good feel for how much a reasonable settlement would be.

Those settlement amounts vary between states too.  Each state is responsible for setting their own laws when it comes to losing a limb (this is especially true for on-the-job injuries where “values” of limbs differ dramatically).  Using state and national statistics we can get an overall idea for what reasonable compensation would be for your injury.

Pain and Suffering Account for a Lot

One thing that can really help your case, is setting yourself up for success long before the injury ever happens.

Hopefully, you will never deal with the physical pain and suffering of a traumatic car wreck that results in the loss of a limb.  But if it does happen, a well-established record will help bolster your case.

Here’s how that looks.  Suppose you are in a wreck, and you lose a leg.  You hire Herbert Law Group to help you maximize your settlement so you can get back to living life as best as possible.  You argue that you’re an avid rock climber, and without your leg your entire quality of life is gone.  Every weekend is spent on the rocks, but now you are without purpose in your life.  Except, there’s no real record of you climbing that much.  You have some gear, but nothing that shows how your identity is built around this activity.

On the flip side, what if you have tons of pictures of you on the rocks, hiking, climbing, and enjoying physical activities that are much easier with two legs?  Maybe you even have a business established that guides people on these climbs, or perhaps you’re a writer that specializes in writing outdoor adventure articles for a local magazine.

That second situation shows there’s a proven record of a lifestyle that is going to be severely interrupted.  And the case for maximum compensation is going to go much more smoothly.

Talk with Herbert Law Group About Your Injury

Herbert Law Group has the experience necessary to effectively argue for maximum compensation whether you lost a limb, broke a limb, or lost a loved one in the wreck (or any other major injury that has altered your life).

To get things started we need to get to know you.  Let’s have a phone call to find out what happened, and determine how we can help.  Call our office at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site and we’ll get in touch with you.