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Sacramento Amputation Accident 

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento amputation injury lawyer. A horrific accident on the Highway 50 off-ramp ended with the amputation of a good samaritan’s legs and the arrest of a drunk driver.

I would like to take a moment to offer my wishes for Mark Poss’ recovery.


Oxnard Police Officer Makes History as First Amputee on Force

I am Ed Smith, an Oxnard amputation injury lawyer. Recently, the city of Oxnard made history. A veteran of the U.S. Navy became the first member of the Oxnard police force with an amputated leg after successfully completing his training at the Camarillo training center for criminal justice.

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In the US, 3-4 percent of amputations are related to trauma and the rest are due to a combination of peripheral vascular disease and diabetes mellitus.  The prevalence of lower extremity amputations from trauma is higher because these people tend to live longer after their injury than do those who have amputations from medical reasons.

Traumatic lower extremity amputation is largely a problem of young men.  More than 85 percent of the population is male and were younger than 40 years of age.  The use of motor vehicles accounts for about 75 percent of these amputations.  These included occupants of motor vehicles, pedestrians, and especially motorcycle riders.  Some will have isolated leg injuries while a small percentage have head and neck injuries, thoracic injuries, and abdominal injuries.

The most common type of amputation is transtibial amputations, which account for half of all amputations.  The rest are from transfemoral injuries, partial foot amputations, and hip disarticulations.  Other amputations occur at the level of the knee with disarticulation of the knee.

phantomThere is often residual pain after surgical amputation.  Some of the most common reasons for an amputation are: trauma, such as vehicle accidents or combat injuries, and complications from diabetes or vascular disease.  In most cases involving non-amputation surgery, patients have some post-surgical pain which is a normal part of the healing process.  The pain usually lessens as tissues repair themselves.  In cases of surgical amputation, however, the decrease of pain may not be the case.  Certainly there is the typical reduction in acute post-surgical pain, but amputees often continue to experience lingering sensations.  Those sensations may be painful, but they aren’t always.  Some patients simply describe the sensations as annoying and strange.

There are different types of sensations reported by amputees.  Each may be treated in a different manner.  It is important for a patient to describe the sensations to his or her doctor in order to get the most beneficial medication or therapy.


Finding Life’s Purpose After Catastrophic Injury
Finding Life’s Purpose After Catastrophic Injury

If you are reading this, you or someone you know may have suffered a traumatic and/or catastrophic injury.

We hope you will find courage and inspiration as you read about Stephanie Decker in the story and video link that follows.

Catastrophic injuries can cause a huge financial impact on victims and their families. The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith understands that when you have been in an accident resulting in catastrophic injury such as traumatic brain injury, multiple bone fracture, spinal cord injury, limb amputation, burns of a severe nature, or other neurological injuries, that your life gets put on hold including your ability to function in your day-to-day activities, work and take care of your family. Your catastrophic injuries may evolve into permanent disability. This not only puts a heavy financial burden on you but also a tremendous emotional burden on you and your loved ones.

While the skilled Attorneys at our office are working hard on your claim to get you the compensation you deserve, we recognize and understand the immediate need to provide our clients and their families with additional types of help and assistance during your case to help alleviate the financial strain you are suddenly facing. Under certain circumstances when a case has adequate insurance coverage, we are able to provide financial assistance that would not otherwise be available to you.



Post amputation of a limb,  the human brain may create a neuromatrix.  This neuromatrix  in the brain can  cause the person who lost their limb to experience ‘phantom limbs.’ Like the movie franchised Matrix films, the brain is only perceiving the ‘phantom limb’ and/or any  pain and sensations they believe to be coming from where their lost limb was.

 This phenomena is still not completely understood. Nonetheless, it is real and is evidenced in hundreds of thousands of amputees.

For some, the ‘phantom limb’ not only feels sensations and pains at the site of the lost limb but the ‘phantom limb’ can feel so real that a person may actually try to stand or walk on a ‘phantom leg.’

Support groups have flourished over the years including for limb loss injury victims. Support groups provide many benefits for individuals and have become an integral part of rehabilitation for many people coping with an injury including amputees. Support groups provide vital information about how to cope with a particular illness or injury and provides invaluable emotional support.

Limb loss presents a myriad of physical and emotional challenges for the amputee as well as his or her family and friends.  A support group provides a compassionate setting for members to share what he or she is going through with others in a similar situation. Finding a support group in the area you live is the first step in getting the support you need.  According to the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) there are approximately 260 support groups for amputees across the United States. Information and a member directory can be found here.

Most members of support groups for amputees are women and medical professionals such as physicians, physical therapists and prosthetists also attend.

As a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento since 1982, I’ve often had occasion to represent people who have lost a limb due to trauma.

Inevitably, people who have suffered an amputation are left with extreme physical, emotional and financial problems.

When preparing these cases for trial, it is critical that a life care planner be engaged so that the cost of future medical and psychological care can be presented to the jury. A few years ago, UC San Francisco  Medical Center estimated that the lifetime cost of care for a single limb loss was over $850,000.

A new surgical technique developed by the University of Vienna is giving hope to individuals who have suffered serious brachial plexus injuries.

Nerves in the brachial plexus start in the neck and then out into the  shoulders, arms and hands.

Brachial plexus injuries often result from severe trauma, whether it be a trucking or motorcycle accident or some serious impact injury in

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