Amputation is the removal of an injured or deceased body part. Some amputations are due to medical conditions, such as diabetes. In personal injury cases, the severance of a body part is generally the result of a trauma – such as being severed in an automobile collision—hence the classification as a traumatic amputation. Traumatic amputations can also occur while using a defective product, being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, or many other causes. Traumatic amputation of a human limb, either partial or total, creates the immediate danger of death from blood loss.
Catastrophic Injuries and Loss of Limbs
Injury cases, particularly those involving motor vehicles or other cases of traumatic amputation, the amputation may take place at certain locations on the body. For instance, the amputation may occur above or below the elbow, above or below the knee, above or below the wrist, etc. Where the amputation occurs dictates and the nature of the amputation dictate whether a prosthesis can be used and how effective it will be.
There have been great advances made in prosthetic limbs. In some cases of amputation, it is possible to reattach the severed body part if the severed part has been properly preserved and medical intervention occurs quickly. Still, even if the detached body part is able to be reattached, it will not function as well as the limb or other body part before it was amputated.
A person who has suffered an amputation due to the carelessness of another or a defective product will often suffer psychological injuries for years after the limb has been amputated. After a limb or other body part has been amputated, the person will suffer severe pain, which will take several months to dissipate. One phenomenon that may occur for years is the “phantom limb syndrome,” in which the person will feel pain and other unpleasant sensations in the amputated limb, even though the limb is no longer there.
Accidents causing amputation of a body part may not only cause physical and psychological injuries, it will often cause inability to enjoy activities the person engaged in prior to the amputation (“loss of enjoyment of life”) and prevent the injured victim from participating in many enjoyable activities he or she engaged in prior to the amputation.
Your Legal Rights
If you have suffered an amputation due to another person’s negligence, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to represent you in your efforts to receive maximum monetary recovery from the careless (“negligent”) driver or manufacturer who caused the amputation. The Torkzadeh Law Firm is experienced in handling amputation injuries due to auto accidents and defective products and will aggressively pursue your case to ensure that you get maximum recovery for you and your passengers’ injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.