Amputations Sustained in Car Accidents: Chicago, Illinois
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Injuries and Conditions Requiring Amputation
Amputations are sometimes the only option when medical complications that could claim the victim’s life. Other times, the injury is so severe that the affected limb or finger/toe digits are unsalvageable.
Examples of injuries that might require the amputation of limbs or digits include:
- The limb is disfigured after being crushed, like in an accident involving a large commercial truck where a motorcyclist is pinned between two objects or underneath a vehicle. There might few options to repair the damage other than amputating the limb to limit the risk of additional complications, which could threaten the victim's life.
- The limb is severed during the accident or was mutilated due to deep lacerations. There might be options to save a limb. However, the amputation might be the only option left if nothing more can be done if the limb has been severed or is mutilated to the extent that it will not heal despite the most advanced medical treatment.
- The limb must be amputated to prevent the spread of infection. Lacerations open a pathway for powerful bacteria to enter the body. Doctors often make tough calls when an infection threatens the life of a patient.
Suppose bacteria are resistant to antibiotics or spreading rapidly through the surrounding tissue. In that case, an amputation might be the only option that will halt the infection's progression and save the patient's life.
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. They might never enjoy many of the activities once taken for granted. The injury could result in the loss of the patient’s income who cannot return to work or advance in a career due to the missing limb.
To make things worse, the victim might regularly suffer from phantom pains, 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 that these injuries can have on victims. That is why our legal team works hard to explore all avenues from 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.
The cost of a replacement prosthetic body part can vary 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, however, and susceptible to wear and tear over time, which means 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 limb can seem cost prohibitive.
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 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 motor vehicle 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
What is an Amputation Injury?
A traumatic amputation involves losing a leg, arm, hand, foot, or other body parts. Removal of the body part is often an emotionally stressful experience that changes the victim's life forever.
What do You do for an Accidental Amputation?
After the victim's undergone an amputation of their body part, the doctor will provide healing instructions, including elevating the injured area. Typically, the victim is sent home or to a nursing facility with the injured area covered or wrapped with a clean cloth or sterile dressing.
Once out of the hospital, the patient will need to apply pressure to the area when light bleeding occurs at the surgical site. The injured area should be held in a splint to prevent further damage and movement.
What Does Traumatic Amputation Feel Like?
Many patients who have undergone a traumatic amputation described the pain as cramping, shooting, throbbing, burning, or aching sensation. Some of pain-free sensations include itching, numbness, twisting, tingling, and pressure.
Some patients experience phantom sensations, where they perceive an involuntary muscle movement in the limb no longer there.
Does Losing a Limb Shorten Your Life?
According to the National Institute of Health, upwards of forty percent of amputee patients die within the first year after surgery. By three years, sixty-five percent of those who lost a limb or body part died of related and non-related causes. After five years, upwards of eighty percent of the people have died mostly from malignancies.
What Type of Amputation is the Most Common?
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 infection.
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 life-threatening medical condition.
Hiring a Car Accident Amputation Injury Lawyer
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