Understanding Amputation Injuries

Understanding Amputation Injuries

Amputation is one of the most life-altering injuries a negligence victim can suffer. The victim of amputation has to learn a whole new way of living and getting through the day. If you suffered from an amputation injury, you are likely facing years of struggle and financial obligations.

What is an Amputation Injury?

An amputation injury occurs when a victim loses a part of their body when it is partially or completely severed. Fingers, toes, arms, and legs are the most commonly amputated body parts. Sometimes an amputated body part can be reattached. However, that must occur soon after the accident and depends entirely on the condition of the amputated body part. A traumatic amputation is one that is caused by an accident that severs the body part. A surgical amputation occurs when a body part is removed surgically because it had a serious infection, crush injury, or some other condition that made it unsalvageable.

Common Causes of Amputation Injuries

Amputation injuries can occur in a variety of ways. Some common causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Construction accident
  • Dangerous or defective machinery
  • Dangerous household products
  • Dangerous medications
  • Medical malpractice

The Costs of an Amputation Injury

Many individuals who suffer an amputation injury go on to lead full and productive lives. However, this usually comes after years of therapy and extensive financial costs. Prosthetic limbs are very expensive and require therapy to learn how to use them properly. In some cases, an amputation victim may require the use of a wheelchair or other assistive device. This equipment can also be expensive. Even losing a smaller limb, such as a finger or a toe, can mean a long period of recovery and adjustment for the victim. Individuals who suffer from amputation injuries will likely require substantial medical assistance, rehabilitation therapy, surgery, physical therapy, and in some cases, in-home assistance. The costs of an amputation injury can add up, and if your amputation was the result of someone’s negligence, then you should consider pursuing compensation.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney 

If you’ve been injured as the result of someone’s negligence, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Gregg Goldfarb has been helping the injured for over 20 years. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.

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