Understanding the Impact an Amputation Can Have After an Accident

An amputation is when a part of the body, usually a limb, is removed from the body due to trauma after an accident. Traumatic amputations are widely seen in car accidents every year where a limb is pulled from the body or crushed so badly that it cannot be saved. These are one of the most serious and debilitating injuries that occur after a car accident.

Every year, approximately 185,000 amputations take place across the U.S. due to serious accidents, some of which involve motor vehicles. Loss of a limb might not just have a physical impact on a person’s well-being, but can also impact them emotionally and financially, putting them in a position that they may not have been prepared for. If you believe that you are facing one of these overwhelming injuries due to the reckless conduct of another party, you should always speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about your case.

The Types of Traumatic Amputations 

Every year, thousands of victims will lose a limb during what is known as ‘traumatic amputation,’ which is when a limb is fully or partially severed from the body. Amputations can either be referred to as ‘incomplete’ or ‘complete’ amputations. If you have suffered a complete injury, this means that there are no tissues, ligaments, or any other types of structures connecting the limb to your body. In a situation involving an incomplete amputation, some of the soft tissues will remain intact. There are many serious injuries and symptoms that can take place when a body part is amputated including bleeding, shock, and infection. This is why those who have had a limb amputated suddenly in an accident should receive emergency care.

In some cases, when a limb is only partially severed or even in some rare cases when it is fully severed, a limb might be reattached to the body. This depends on how much damage was done when the limb was removed and the length of time it takes a victim to make it to the emergency room. However, a victim might live with nerve damage forever due to one of these injuries.

Long-Term Treatment for Amputation Injuries 

A person who has had a limb amputated will likely have to live with this for the rest of their life. Treatment will continue for the rest of the person’s life in many cases. However, there are many services that a victim can receive including rehabilitation, prosthetics, and surgeries. The long-term care costs of amputations can be hundreds of thousands of dollars, which can have a huge financial impact on a person’s life.

On top of that, there are many psychological impacts on these injuries as well. The victim will likely have to adjust to their new life after losing a limb, which could mean taking a new job and the physical limitations they might have enjoying activities that once came easily for them. On top of that, a victim might not be able to live freely again and could require in-home care for the rest of their life. Because of this, an attorney will be able to help you receive the present and long-term compensation you need to move forward.

Contacting an Attorney After an Amputation 

Whether you have received a complete or incomplete amputation after a car accident, you deserve to speak with someone who is knowledgeable in many laws within the state of Florida. At Sheftall & Associates, we believe in assisting those who are unable to do so on their own. We have experience helping victims recieve compensation and will assist you during this difficult time. If you have been involved in a Florida car accident, you should know that you have many rights to reimbursement for your losses. Please contact our law firm in Florida immediately at (904) 638-7712.


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