Suffering from an amputation injury is usually the result of a traumatic event, such as a vehicle accident, work-related injury or can even be the result of a viciously planned attack on your safety. There are a number of ways and reasons that body parts are amputated, and no matter which part of you is injured as a result, it will be a life-altering experience.
The most common body parts that suffer in any accidental amputation include:
The causes of these amputations vary, with injury commonalities in the following categories:
- Farm Machinery Accidents
- Factory Accidents
- Power Tool Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Natural Disasters
- Military Involvement
- Terrorist Attacks
If you have suffered from an accidental amputation due to the explicit actions or inaction, of another, our attorney group can help you determine your available treatment options, and solutions to moving forward with your quality of life as a result.
Amputation Injury Treatment Options
The experienced and knowledgeable lawyer group at Benson, Bertoldo, Baker and Carter understand that treatment for amputation injury patients requires a delicate balance. Initially, if the portion of the body in question is only partially amputated, well-preserved and properly cared for, reattachment may be an option.
Partial amputation is defined as having remnants of soft tissue, post amputation, which will allow the body part to be reattached, thanks to exceptional medical procedures. However, if the injury proves so severe, and completely amputation takes place without the proper steps to save the appendage, reattachment is unlikely. The severity of the injury will determine the viability of the appendage and its ability to be reattached. Seeking immediate care is the most important component of any amputation accident.
Medical advancements and individual knowledge dictate the success of reattachment procedures, with doctors performing near miracles where possible. With early treatment and education tactics, the following evolution in amputation treatments have been unveiled to increase the success rates for those who suffer from a life altering amputation injury:
- Improved understanding of Managing Amputation Appendages/Wounds
- Early Critical Care Cultivation
- State of the Art Surgical Techniques
- Immediate Rehabilitation after Reattachment
- Advanced Prostheses Designs
Taking Immediate Action after an Amputation Injury
Whether you are the one who has suffered from an amputated appendage, or if you are able to help another with the same injury, there are a number of steps that will aid in the reattachment and overall treatment. Bleeding, shock and infection are all part of the treatment necessities after an amputation.
Applying direct pressure to stop the bleeding, and raise the injured area to reduce swelling and clotting. Shock symptoms must also be attended to, to help the injured get treatment right away.
Symptoms of shock include:
- Cold Damp Skin
- Low Blood Pressure
- Pale Skin
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Shortness of Breath
It is imperative, that once medical professionals are contacted, as the injured person is being attended to, that the appendage and its initial source are kept clean until the physician can be reached. Stay calm, and keep the area from being infected by contamination.
Accidents can lead to serious amputation injuries, whether they are in the form of a car accident, work-related injury or from a negligent property owner. The loss of an appendage is life changing, and can devastate families for years to come. Hiring a lawyer to review the details of an accidental amputation provides a fresh start in your physical, mental and emotional recovery. You may be able to receive compensation for this devastating injury by recouping medical expenses, lost wages, and more importantly for your pain and suffering.