Amputations can occur due to trauma, and loss of blood supply to a limb.
Traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part as a result of some form of trauma. Industrial or work site accidents, motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, and accidents involving the use of power tools are common causes of traumatic amputation.
Traumatic amputations may involve the partial or total loss of the limb. When limbs are partially severed, surgeons will determine how much of the damaged limb can be salvaged. This will help determine how much function will be preserved as well as the type of prosthetic device the victim will be able to use in the future. Traumatic amputation requires a huge adjustment for the victim as they learn to live without a vital part of themselves. In addition to the physical pain suffered, victims of traumatic amputation must relearn how to function without the missing limb. This will require extensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Activities that were once taken for granted will now become herculean tasks. Depression following traumatic amputation is not uncommon and should be addressed early in recovery. Survivors of traumatic amputation will often need to retrain for a new occupation, especially for those whose occupation involved the direct use of the lost limb. Occupational therapy can help survivors regain the skills needed to function in their chosen occupation. The use of prosthetic devices can greatly aid survivors.
The psychological cost of traumatic amputation can be high. Many survivors find it difficult to adjust to the loss of a limb, not only physically, but emotionally and socially. Self-esteem is greatly affected by limb loss. It can be emotionally challenging to learn how to perform activities of daily living, causing frustration and grief over a life that is forever changed.
Financially, a traumatic amputation can result in the accumulation of a large debt load. The cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, medication, and medical equipment such as prosthetic devices can be overwhelming. In addition to the aforementioned physical and psychological impact, the traumatic amputation survivor must also contend with medical costs that may continue for months after the initial injury has occurred.
Because of the severity of many amputation injuries, a person may be unable to work temporarily or permanently and medical bills may mount, and the level of physical and emotional discomfort may become severe. The recovery of damages from the person responsible will help to alleviate the stress of living with one’s injuries. Compensation may include an award for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement and emotional distress. Compensation will include recovery for the past, present, and future costs of medical care and lost wages.
At Brenner Law we will hire experts, such as medical professionals, economists, and life care planners to help calculate how much compensation a claim is worth. For example, a medical expert will determine the type of treatment and rehabilitation needed, while a life care planner will research, analyze, and plan what it will cost to care for the accident victim. If the accident victim is unable to return to their same occupation before the injury, the damage award will include compensation for the difference in income.
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