One of the most severe types of injuries that someone sustain in a car accident is an amputation (the loss of a limb).
When someone is in a car accident, there is always the potential that they will sustain an injury. Newer cars come equipped with all sorts of safety features to try to keep both driver and passengers safe while in transit. Unfortunately, event he new technology cannot do away with all car accident injuries.
One of the most severe types of injuries that someone sustain in a car accident is an amputation (the loss of a limb). A highly traumatic injury, amputations have life-altering consequences. An amputation injury doesn’t just affect the person who is injured. It affects everyone in the injured person’s life in one way or another. Sometimes an amputation can require that someone be dependent on another person for the remainder of their life.
When someone has an amputation accident, usually, the financial fallout is much more overwhelming and severe than with other types of injuries. Not only does an amputation require extensive surgery, but in some instances, it can forever make someone disabled and unable to function in the same capacity as they did before.
Why Does Someone Need an Amputation?
Nearly 50 percent of all amputations are traumatic amputations, which means that a limb has been severed either partially or completely. When amputation occurs in a car accident, it is highly uncommon for the limb to be saved.
Usually, the amputated limb is burned to the point of not being viable, or it has to be removed due to injuries. Seventy percent of all amputations from car accidents involve the upper body and arms. Men, in particular, are at a much greater risk of an amputation injury than women.
What Are the Complications of an Amputation Injury?
Surgery is needed to repair a severely damaged limb, even if the limb cannot be salvaged. Post-surgery involves extensive therapy and rehabilitation that needs to be completed to help the patient learn to live without the limb that they relied on for so many years.
There are also times when people are fitted with a prosthetic device, which itself can be costly on top of the rehabilitation necessary to teach the victim to use the new device.
Even when the recovery phase of an amputation is a success, it takes months to years to completely heal, and the result is always going to be reduced mobility that will forever alter a person’s life, increase emotional distress and, in many cases, cause a depression that will affect them well after the wound has healed.
Getting the Compensation to Move Forward
If you were in an accident that lead to an amputation, then there are very specific things that you are entitled to. To make sure that you are compensated wholly for what you have lost, it is a good idea to speak with a St. Louis car accident attorney to get you all that you are deserve.
Since an amputation injury will forever change your life, getting the resources you need to help you succeed is critical to your quality of life going forward. Make sure to have the right professional in your corner. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 for a FREE case evaluation.