We all depend on our hands, arms, legs, and feet to help us function, which is why losing a limb can be incredibly difficult. Not only does a limb amputation lead to serious physical impairments, but it can cause immense financial stresses and emotional trauma for victims of amputations due to pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and other challenges.
Because different types of accidents that lead to amputations have different statutes of limitations (the amount of time allotted to file a lawsuit in court), it is critical to contact an attorney for immediate legal counsel before the clock runs out.
Causes of Limb Amputations
When trauma strikes, a person can lose an arm, hand, finger, leg, foot, or toe in any of the following ways:
- Car accident. Amputations can occur in high-impact collisions or rollovers. When a crash crushes someone’s limb, the person can suffer lifelong disabilities and challenges as a result of losing an appendage.
- Truck accident. Because commercial trucks are some of the biggest and heaviest trucks on the road, they can do much more damage. As a result, drivers of cars hit by trucks often suffer catastrophic injuries, such as amputations.
- Motorcycle accident. Since there isn’t much protecting a motorcyclist, hands, feet, arms or legs can be crushed or cut off in a collision. Additionally, when jagged glass shards or debris cause serious damage to tissues and blood vessels, an amputation may be necessary.
- Medical malpractice. When doctors make accidental cuts during surgery or perform wrong-site surgeries, a person could lose his or her arm or leg due to the negligence of a surgeon.
- Workplace accident. Traumatic amputations are often the result of an accident on the job. Employees can get their hands crushed in machinery or get pinned between a piece of heavy equipment and another obstacle. Consequently, they may lose an arm, hand or leg.
- Disease spread prevention. When there is an infection in the body, an amputation may be necessary to prevent the spread of disease. Infections that lead to amputations often occur in motorcycle accidents, other types of motor vehicle accidents, and as a result of medical malpractice.
No matter what the cause of an amputation, someone who is forced to live without a limb suffers from permanent disabilities that may create a world of challenges.
Whether someone else was driving negligently and aggressively or a doctor made a critical mistake during surgery, amputees need someone in their corner who can help them get the proper compensation so that they can get the best medical treatment available. Treatment can involve:
- X-ray of the area to determine the extent of the injury
- Complete removal of the disease on the injured limb
- Use of skin from other parts of the body to cover the amputated limb
- Use of a prosthetic device to replace the amputated body part
- Rehabilitation to help an amputee return to independent living
An amputation is a major trauma that requires intensive surgery. While a surgeon will try to save the limb, it is not always possible. Depending on the part of the body that was amputated, a prosthetic device may be used. If this is the case, a specialist will work with the amputee to fit the prosthesis and assist in the rehabilitation process.
Long-Term Effects of Limb Amputations
Unfortunately, living life without an appendage can be life-altering. Whether you have suffered the loss of a limb in a motor vehicle collision, accident in the workplace, or as a result of a medical error, amputations are catastrophic injuries—once a limb has been removed, it cannot be undone. As a result, an amputee will face lifelong disabilities, such as physical limitations, disfigurement, and depression.
Contact a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney
At Shevlin Smith, we understand that adjusting to life with a missing limb or prosthesis will be very difficult. We know you may be unable to return to work and make a living, participate in hobbies and activities once loved, drive, or even take care of yourself. This is why we want to make sure you are taken care of for the rest of your life. We want to help you recover financially so that you can try to live the best life possible after suffering from such a traumatic injury. Call us at (703) 591-0067 for a complimentary consultation or click the live chat button on the bottom of the screen to get in contact with a catastrophic injury attorney today.