Amputation is one of the most life-altering injuries an accident victim can suffer. The victim of an amputation injury has had their life turned upside down and has to learn to live in a whole new way. Amputation injuries can lead to years of medical expenses and treatment.
What is an Amputation Injury?
An amputation injury occurs when someone loses a body part that becomes partially or completely severed from the body. Common amputations include fingers, toes, arms, and legs. Bleeding, pain and crushed tissue may occur in an amputation. In some cases, an amputated body part can be reattached, but this must occur soon after the accident and depends entirely on the condition of the body part that has been amputated. Amputation can be caused by some type of accident that severs the limb or digit. This is known as a traumatic amputation. Amputations can also occur surgically as the result of a serious infection, crush injury, or some other type of damage that makes the body part unsalvageable.
Causes of Amputation Injuries
Amputation injuries can be caused by a number of different situations, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective tools and heavy machinery
- Defective household products
- Firearms/Fireworks Accidents
- Dangerous medications
- Medical negligence
- Building and car door accidents
Of the above causes, motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of traumatic amputation injuries.
The Cost of Amputation Injuries
Victims of amputation injuries suffer psychologically as well as physically. Amputation victims can lead full and happy lives, but the road to recovery can be long. Depending on the severity of the injuries, amputation victims may require the use of assistive devices such as a wheelchair. Some victims may require the use of prosthetic limbs which can be helpful in obtaining full function but are also extremely costly. Even losing a smaller limb, such as a finger, can require a long period of recovery and adjustment. Individuals with amputation injuries may require a great deal of medical assistance including surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, psychological counseling, and in-home assistance.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve suffered an amputation injury as the result of someone’s negligence, it’s important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to help. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 to set up a free consultation.