The Amputee Coalition of America stated that there are nearly 1.2 million people living with a lost limb in the United States today. In most cases, these people have lost part of their leg. Losing a body part can lead to physical, emotional and financial instability for the remainder of one’s life.
In some instances, loss of limb injuries after car accidents occur because the injured limb cannot be saved by medical professionals. This may be a result of severe burns, fractures and crushing accidents causing limb injuries leading to amputation to prevent death or extreme blood loss.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that if an individual loses a limb due to the negligence of another person, the victim deserves compensation for their losses, including; damages, lost wages and medical expenses. We encourage you to contact our lawyers if you believe you have a claim. Individuals with these types of injuries may be entitled to compensation under Florida law for their condition.
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There Are Often Amputation Complications
Many times loss of limbs due to amputations are caused by serious automobile accidents, however, they can also be caused by on-the-job accidents and medical malpractice. It is common in the United States for those suffering from vascular diseases to suffer from amputations. When an individual requires a body part to be amputated, this can lead to:
- Heart complications
- Blood clots
- Further surgery
It is common for many losses of limb individuals to experience phantom limb pain. This is a sensation of pain that seems to be occurring in the location where a limb has been amputated. Studies show that approximately 50-80% of individuals develop phantom limb pain after a limb has been amputated. This pain is also more common in women than men and upper limb amputations rather than lower limb.
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The Psychological Effects Can Take A Toll
The amputation of a limb can have serious psychological impacts on humans. Many individuals who have had a loss of limb reported feeling emotions similar to that of losing a loved one. These emotions can be contributed to a person’s ability to cope with the loss of limb sensations, loss of function and their perception of their own body image.
In addition, these individuals may experience many negative thoughts after their body part has been amputated, especially if it was an emergency amputation. This is because the person did not have time to mentally prepare for the effects of the surgery. Thus, the person may experience emotions, including:
- Suicidal feelings
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these thoughts or feelings, especially suicidal feelings, it is advised to seek the attention of a medical professional. A medical professional will prescribe antidepressants, counseling, and help you learn how to cope with living with an amputation. These signs can also help you to receive compensation for your losses due to the negligence of another individual.
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What Are My Treatment Options?
Typically the treatment options for an amputation largely depend on how much tissues has been lost, and the type of injury. In some cases, a surgeon may decide to re-attach the body part depending on if they will be able to preserve function. This surgery may take hours by reconnecting bones, blood vessels, tendons, nerves and other essential tissues.
Additional amputation treatment options include;
- Cleansing the wound
- Rinsing the wound
- Removing dead and dirty tissue
- Removing foreign bodies
- Splint or cast
- Tetanus vaccine
- Treating phantom limb pain
Although prosthetic technology has advanced over the years and long-term outcomes for amputees have improved significantly over the years, these treatment options can be extremely expensive. A great amount of these victims may already be faced with many medical expenses during the treatment for their amputation. If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident resulting in a loss of limb injury, the victim may be able to receive financial assistance to help cover the costs.
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Contact An Experienced Loss-Of-Limb Lawyer For Free
If you have suffered from an injury that may lead to a loss of limb, seek a medical professional immediately. The longer you wait to seek medical care, the greater chances are of you losing that body part.
Being in an automobile accident can bring chaos to one’s life. Rather than worrying about how you will be able to afford expenses incurred from an accident, begin focusing on recuperating from your injuries. Let us take care of your financial stability by fighting for you to hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.
We encourage you to contact one of our experienced attorneys as soon as possible if you have suffered a loss of limb injury due to the negligence of another individual. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our experienced attorneys have the expertise and resources necessary to successfully litigate a loss of limb claim. We can recreate the scene of the accident to find the cause and hold responsible parties liable for damages. We have offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New London, and serve clients throughout Connecticut.
Our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you select our firm, we will not charge you unless we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement for your claim.
For additional information on the legal rights that may be available to loss of limb victims or to schedule a free confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our legal team, contact us at 800-PERKINS today.
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