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How a Traumatic Amputation Can Impact the Rest of Your Life

When a person loses part of their body, the ramifications will last the rest of their life. A traumatic amputation will impact a person’s job, hobbies, and family. Of course, it can also leave behind a huge financial burden. An amputation patient will require more than expensive medical care. They will also need a lengthy rehabilitation, along with special prosthetics and retraining. Lost wages will also be a primary concern. Unfortunately, insurance companies are always looking to protect their bottom line, not to help victims.

That’s why you need a personal injury lawyer who knows the Western Slope. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we understand how difficult it is for amputation victims to get their lives back on track, and we’re committed to holding insurance companies accountable. Contact us today at (970) 243-4357 to set up a free consultation where we can review your legal options.

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What Is Traumatic Amputation?

A traumatic amputation is defined as the loss of a body part from an accident or an injury, as opposed to having a limb surgically amputated for health reasons. A partial amputation is when at least some soft tissue connects the part to the rest of the body. In a similar vein, a complete amputation is when the body part has been severed from the body. In either case, depending on the severity of the injury and the amount of time that lapses, it may be possible to reattach the part through surgery.

An amputation will often involve several associated medical problems, such as bleeding, shock, and infection. Beyond the immediate care, victims will face a long recovery, and will probably deal with physical issues, such as nerve damage and other types of pain; and psychological issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and phantom limb pain. Sadly, these life-changing injuries occur far more often than people expect.

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How Can You Lose a Limb?

Amputations can be caused by any number of accidents. Even something as innocent as a fall could be damaging enough to cause the amputation of a finger, or even a hand. Some of the most common accidents that lead to an amputation injury include:

Of course, this list doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of how these devastating injuries can happen. If you have suffered a traumatic amputation due to another person’s actions, then you deserve proper compensation. Speak with an experienced attorney to learn what your options are.

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How Common Are Traumatic Amputations?

According to statistics from the Amputee Coalition, there are nearly 2 million people in the United States who have suffered some form of limb loss, not including fingers and toes. Every year, there are more than 185,000 new amputations, of which 45% are the result of an accident or physical trauma. Those injuries lead to hospital costs of more than $8 billion dollars annually.

As we have already explained, limb loss can arise from many kinds of accidents. However, the leading cause of traumatic amputation is motor vehicle accidents. In addition, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are at risk of suffering an amputation injury after being struck by a motor vehicle, since these victims do not have the benefit of metal walls, airbags, seatbelts, or crumple zones, leaving them at a particularly high risk for catastrophic injury.

The next leading causes of amputation injuries are workplace and agricultural accidents. Workplace amputations frequently take place in factories, workshops, and construction sites, where employees are around heavy machinery and cutting equipment. Agricultural accidents can range from heavy farm equipment accidents, involving tractors, combines, and threshers, to lawnmower accidents. Other causes of traumatic amputation include firearms, fireworks, explosives, electrocutions, ring traction, and closing doors.

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The Different Types of Traumatic Amputation

Just as there are multiple accidents that can lead to a traumatic amputation, there are also multiple kinds of amputation. What kind you suffer will determine the kind of medical care you are given, as well as the extent of the injury. The three most common kinds of traumatic amputation include:

Guillotine: A guillotine amputation is a clean cut, similar to the clean cut given by the device for which the injury gets its name. Usually, guillotine amputation results in a complete severing of the limb. While this may sound like the worst-case scenario, guillotine amputations can actually be reattached in some instances due to the clean and precise nature of the injury.

Crush: A crush amputation is, in some ways, the exact opposite of a guillotine one. Usually, a crushed limb will remain partially attached the body, but it has been so badly damaged that it must be surgically removed. There is very little hope of a crush injury ever healing or being reattached to the body.

Avulsion: While a crush or guillotine amputation comes from an object falling on or slashing a limb, an avulsion amputation is the result of a limb being torn from the body. This usually results in catastrophic damage, such as degloving (when the skin is ripped from the hand). Avulsion amputations are often impossible to fully fix or heal, meaning the damage is permanent.

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What Type of Compensation Are Victims Entitled To?

When another person or company’s negligence caused your amputation, you are allowed to file a civil lawsuit for compensation, meant to help you recover losses that you suffered as a direct result of the accident. This can range from financial damages to emotional damages. Commonly, you can demand compensation for:

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of employment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Lowered quality of life
  • Emotional trauma

The loss of a limb is an incredibly traumatic experience. Even if it is the only injury you suffered due to your accident, you should be able to recover a high settlement from the at-fault party and their insurance provider. However, having a right to compensation does not mean you will automatically get it. Most insurance companies will fight tooth and nail to give you as little money as possible. That is why you need to work with an experienced lawyer who can help you recover the damages that you deserve.

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Call Peters & Nolan, LLC, to Get the Help You Need

The traumatic amputation attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, are not afraid to take on the biggest insurance companies in the business. As skilled personal injury attorneys, we have the resources and experience to get you the best possible settlement. If someone else’s negligence was involved in your amputation, don’t hesitate to contact us at (970) 243-4357 to learn how we can help you.

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