Serious injuries resulting from someone’s negligence can be devastating. Amputation is one of the most life-altering injuries an accident victim can suffer. The victim of an amputation injury has to learn to live their lives in a whole new way. It can lead to years of medical expenses and treatment.
What is an Amputation Injury?
An amputation injury occurs when a victim loses a body part that is partially or completely severed from the body. Most common amputations include fingers, toes, arms, and legs. Bleeding, pain and crushed tissue commonly occur in an amputation. In some cases, an amputated body part can be reattached, but this must occur soon after the accident and depends on the condition of the body part. Amputation can be caused by an accident that severs the limb. This is known as a traumatic amputation. Amputations can also occur surgically as the result of a serious infection, crush injury, or some other type of damage that makes the body part unsalvageable.
Causes of Amputation Injuries
Amputation injuries can be caused by a number of different situations, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective tools and heavy machinery
- Defective household products
- Dangerous medications
- Medical negligence
The Cost of Amputation Injuries
Victims of amputation injuries suffer physically as well as psychologically. Amputation victims often feel hopeless and alone. Amputation victims can lead full and happy lives, but the road to recovery can be long. Depending on the severity of the injuries, amputation victims may require the use of a wheelchair or other assistive devices. Some victims may require the use of prosthetic limbs which can be helpful in obtaining full function but are also extremely costly. Even losing a smaller limb, such as a finger, can require a long period of recovery and adjustment. Individuals with amputation injuries may require a great deal of medical assistance including surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, psychological counseling, and in-home assistance.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve sustained an amputation injury as the result of someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.