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Serious injuries can be devastating. Amputation (a form of dismemberment) can be one of the most life-altering injuries suffered by an accident victim. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic amputation injury because of someone else’s carelessness, you may be eligible to receive money through a personal injury claim. After an accident, you may wonder if you really have a personal injury case. You have a valid case the incident that result in your injury was partially or completely the result of someone else’s negligence.
For example, a motorist could be held responsible for your injury if he/she was texting behind the wheel and caused the auto collision directly responsible for your injury.
Understanding Amputation Injuries
An amputation injury occurs when the victim loses a body part. Common amputations include: fingers, toes, leg, and arms. Amputation occurs when the limb is partially or completely severed from the body. Bleeding, pain, and crushed tissue are common side-effects of an amputation. Depending on the nature and location of the injury, bleeding and pain may be minimal, moderate, or severe. Sometimes, severe amputation injuries are not extremely painful. Generally speaking, the amount of pain depends on the degree of bleeding and whether or not the victim’s body has gone into shock.
First Aid And Immediate Treatment For Amputation
If you encounter and amputation victim, call for medical help immediately. If you cannot detect any signs of breathing, begin rescue breathing. If the victim is conscious, you may have to keep him/her calm until help arrives. Amputations are usually painful and can be very frightening; try to reassure the victim to the best of your ability. Then, attempt to control any bleeding. If possible, raise the wounded area and apply direct pressure to stop the blood flow. If the bleeding is life threatening, you may tie a tight bandage around the injury to staunch the bleeding – but only if the bleeding is severe enough to threaten the victim’s life.
After an amputation, the severed body part may be reattached. However, the severed limb is only useable for four to six hours after the accident. If the body part is kept cool, it may reattached up to 18 hours after the initial accident. When helping an amputation victim, always remember that saving his/her life is more important than preserving the amputated limb. Do not overlook other injuries. If the person sustained additional trauma, tend to those wounds as well. If the lost body part is small (such as a finger or toe), it can still be reattached. Do not assume that the body part is too small to preserve. Not all amputated body parts can be attached, though. Never raise false hope that the limb will be repaired.
Cost of an Amputation Injury
Depression, entrapment, hopelessness – these are common emotions felt by victims of amputation. Amputation victims can live happy and fulfilled lives, but the road to recovery isn’t easy. Depending on the severity of their injuries, persons who suffer amputations may be confined a wheelchair. Even losing a smaller limb (a finger or hand) requires a long period of psychotically recovery and adjustment; not to mention medical rehabilitation. Persons with amputation injuries may require the following medical help:
- Emergency room care
- Emergency surgery
- Rehabilitation care
- Psychological counseling
- In-home assistance
Individuals may be able to obtain compensation for these expenses, along with other costs associated with the accident. If the victim is no longer able to work, he/she may be able to collect money to replace missed income and lost future earning potential. If the injury allows the victim to return to work, he/she may be able to file a claim or sue for missed wages.
Living With An Amputation Injury
According to the Amputation Coalition, more than 500 Americans suffer an amputation injury every day. Through the help of support groups, treatments, and counseling, many Americans gradually learn to cope with the loss of a limb. After a limb-loss injury, victims can adjust to their new lifestyle by working with doctors, setting attainable goals, developing new hobbies, and joining support groups. By setting reasonable goals, persons with disabilities an avoid feeling discouraged by what they can’t accomplish. These goals can help persons with amputation injuries realize their potential by working toward realistic goals. Additionally, support groups provide a positive environment for individuals with similar disabilities to encourage and care for each other.
The Loewy Law Firm Can Help Your Case
Did you suffer a devastating amputation injury? You don’t have to face this challenge alone. If your injury was the result of someone else’s careless behavior, The Loewy Law Firm can help you recover money for medical expenses and psychological damages. Adam Loewy has served clients in Austin and the surrounding area for more than ten years; let us put our skill to work for your case! We feel a strong sense of justice for injured persons. Contact us today to learn more about your injury claim options.