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Car Crash Amputation Lawyer

The latest innovation in safety technology makes it easy to forget how deadly automobiles can be when operated irresponsibly.

Severe injuries can permanently impact the lives of unsuspecting victims who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Many car crash victims suffer horrific injuries, including severed limbs, crushed bones, and traumatic brain injuries.

The Chicago personal injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to helping those who have endured such catastrophic amputation injuries as losing a limb.

Our car accident attorneys recover the financial compensation on behalf of our clients needed to cope with their loss and adjust to their new quality of life.

We fight aggressively for our clients when pursuing the maximum amount of compensation available to discourage others from acting irresponsibly, which can jeopardize others' well-being.

Surgical and Traumatic Amputations

Amputations are sometimes the only option when medical complications could claim the victim’s life. The injury is so severe that the affected limb or finger/toe digits are unsalvageable.

Examples of injuries that might require limb amputations include:

  • The loss of a limb is necessary because it is disfigured after being crushed, like in car accidents. A car accident victim might experience amputation injuries after being pinned between two objects or underneath a vehicle. There might be few options to repair the damage other than amputating the limb to limit the risks of additional complications, which could threaten the victim's life.
  • The appendage was detached during a car accident or mutated due to deep lacerations. There might be options to save a limb. However, the amputation of the leg or arm might be the only option if nothing more can be done to save the appendage despite the most advanced medical treatment.
  • Doctors often make tough calls when an infection threatens the patient's wellbeing. Surgical amputation is necessary to prevent the spread of infection. Lacerations open a pathway for powerful bacteria to enter the body.

The bacteria that develop in accidental amputation victims are often highly resistant to antibiotics, spreading rapidly through the surrounding tissue. Amputation might be the only option to halt the infection's progression and save the patient.

Psychological Issues After an Amputation From an Auto Accident

The loss of a limb can have a devastating and permanent impact on the victim's life. The injury could result in the loss of the patient’s income when they cannot return to work or advance in a career due to the missing appendage. They might never enjoy many of the activities once taken for granted.

To make things worse, the victim might regularly suffer from phantom pains from their amputation injuries, which can be an agonizing reminder of the traumatic event and make the victim's thoughts nearly unbearable.

Our Chicago auto injury attorneys recognize the catastrophic impact these amputation injuries can have on victims. Our legal team works hard to explore all avenues for recovering financial compensation on our client's behalf.

The value of your personal injury claim will include the cost of your medical treatment, lost wages, loss of opportunities, pain, suffering, and a diminished quality of living.

Treatment and Expenses Related to Amputation Injuries

Modern technology and advances in prosthetics allow many amputees to recover their lost mobility more than ever before. However, these life-changing prosthetics are costly.

A replacement prosthetic body part can vary in cost depending on the patient's specific needs, but most will easily cost between $10,000 and $15,000 in the United States.

Artificial limbs are like machines and susceptible to wear and tear over time. They will need to be replaced periodically with another prosthetic that costs the same as the original or more.

The cost of the initial limb amputation, the prosthetic limb replacement, and physical therapy required to help the patient adjust to the new prosthetic can seem cost-prohibitive.

Expensive Treatment Options

Many amputation victims cannot afford the treatment options that would be best suited for them without financial help from the driver at fault for the medical or car accident injury.

Victims who have undergone a traumatic amputation require additional care and treatment for phantom limb syndrome, emotional distress, and altering their lives. The upper limb or leg amputation likely requires rehabilitation in a nursing home.

Our Chicago auto injury lawyers believe that car accident victims who have lost limbs in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident should be able to pursue care and prosthesis treatment options.

Our personal injury attorneys will do whatever is possible within the law to recover the medical expense compensation from the at-fault driver's insurance company.

Car Accident Amputation Injury FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions raised by an accident victim or family member following an automobile accident involving amputation injuries. Should you have additional questions, please contact our experienced attorneys at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation.

What Is an Amputation Injury?

A traumatic amputation involves losing an appendage, including the leg, arm, finger, toe, ankle, knee, shoulder, hip, or wrist. An amputated body part is often an emotionally stressful experience that forever changes the victim's well-being.

Lower and upper limb amputations of the arms and legs can involve numerous types of procedures, including:

  • Shoulder disarticulation
  • Transtibial amputation
  • Transfemoral amputation
  • Ankle disarticulation
  • Metacarpal amputation
  • Wrist disarticulation
  • Hip disarticulation

Many amputees can be fitted for prosthetic limbs that can significantly improve a person's life who was experiencing the traumatic loss of the limb, depending on where the limb is surgically removed.

What Does Traumatic Amputation Feel Like?

Many patients who have undergone traumatic amputations in car accidents or other events say that they have suffered pain similar to cramping, shooting, throbbing, burning, or aching sensation. Some pain-free sensations include itching, numbness, twisting, tingling, and pressure along an entire leg or arm that is now missing.

A person with an amputated limb might experience phantom sensations, where they perceive an involuntary muscle movement in the arm or leg that is no longer there.

Does Losing a Limb Shorten Your Lifespan?

According to the National Institute of Health, upwards of forty percent of amputee patients die within the first year after their amputations. By three years, sixty-five percent of those who lost an arm, leg, or another body part died of causes related to their amputations or another condition.

Wrongful death is not uncommon after an amputation occurs, especially in cases involving car crashes or other catastrophic events. After five years, upwards of eighty percent of the people have died mostly from malignancies.

What Type of Amputation Is the Most Common?

The most common cause of amputation involves a medical necessity. A necessary surgical amputation might include removing a partial or entire arm at the shoulder joint, hand, finger, leg at the hip joint, ankle, or toe.

Doctors perform 'below the knee' amputations more than any other removal surgical procedure. However, this procedure poses significant complications after the operation, including the risk of infections.

What Are the Side Effects of Amputation?

Amputations can cause numerous complications after the surgical procedure, including heart attacks and other heart issues, DVTs (deep vein thrombosis), pneumonia, and phantom limb pain. Other patients experience slow wound healing.

Without proper ongoing care, the amputee could develop a wound infection at the surgical site that might be challenging, if not impossible, to heal. In time, a degrading wound infection can create a deadly medical condition.

Hiring a Car Accident Amputation Injury Lawyer

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provides award-winning legal services to thousands of clients throughout Illinois. Our law office protects our clients' legal rights to ensure they can maximize the quality of life they enjoyed before the car crash.

Our legal team can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to receive after experiencing a devastating injury in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. Our lawyers have extensive legal knowledge, many years of experience, and a proven track record of success that ensure our clients receive compensation to pay their medical expenses, lost earnings, and other damages.

To learn more about how we can maximize your chances of winning or settling your case while protecting your interests, contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.

All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship. We serve clients injured in car accidents, truck accidents, or other practice areas, including nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, and wrongful death.

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