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One of the most severe and life-altering situations a person can find themselves in after an accident, or sustained bodily trauma, is to have a limb severed or be forced to undergo an amputation. According to statistics compiled by the nation’s Amputee Coalition, almost two million people in the US currently live with limb loss.
Medical professionals perform approximately 185,000 amputations annually in the US, and the mortality rate within five years of amputation is nearly 50 percent. These are irreversible solutions to critical life problems that not only result in a drastic lifestyle change for patients who undergo them but also have long-lasting effects on a person’s emotional and psychological psyche.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick amputation and severed limb lawyers in Canton are experienced in dealing with a wide range of amputation cases. Together, they have decades of combined experience dealing with severe medical issues that can have a long-term physical, psychological, and financial impact. If you or someone you know has experienced traumatic limb removal or amputation as the result of a work accident, motor vehicle accident, vascular disease, or other issues, you need a severed limb lawyer to help you navigate the complexities of medical, litigation, and insurance processes in Ohio. Call us today at (330) 488-1234 or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Canton amputation attorney.
Causes of Amputation
Amputation is the removal of a limb or body part that has sustained irreversible disease or injury.
Primary causes for losing limbs are:
Vascular disease, particularly diabetes
Trauma, such as automobile, agricultural, or firearm accidents
Other serious infections, such as gangrene or frostbite, and severe birth defects can also prompt medical professionals to perform an amputation. Areas prone to amputation are the lower body extremities, particularly in the legs, feet, and toes.
While the majority of diabetes-related amputations affect lower-body limbs, amputations and severed limbs from sustained trauma forces occur in the upper body. Leading causes of trauma-related amputations and loss of limbs include:
Motor vehicle accidents, including bicycles
Workplace accidents, primarily in factories and on construction sites
Firearms and explosives
According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30,000,000 Americans currently suffer from diabetes, and more than 80 billion people have pre-diabetes but have not been fully diagnosed. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the US, and the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has tripled in the past two decades.
Severe factors in a diabetic patient that can lead to limb amputation include:
Foot nerve damage
Very high blood pressure
Extreme blood sugar levels
Medical professionals can assess and prescribe treatment that may prevent amputation further down the line.
The Cost of Amputations and Limb Loss in Canton
The high number of amputations and severed limbs in the US comes with a steep financial burden. Estimates put the annual monetary cost of amputations at around $8,300,000,000 each year according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Our Canton Amputation and Severed Limb Lawyers Can Help You
Amputations and severed limbs are not the only issues for which our experienced legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation. Ohio personal injury and amputation lawyers at KNR have decades of combined experience in winning cases related to a wide variety of injuries, automobile accidents, rideshare incidents, accidental deaths, and workers compensation issues. Based in eleven locations around Ohio including Canton, we cover extensive legal ground. In addition to amputations and severed limbs, our diverse team of Ohio attorneys has skillfully dealt with many types of litigation issues.