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Amputation is the loss of a body part from the body by surgery or trauma, and is a serious procedure. If you have undergone this life-changing event, you may be dealing with a plethora of challenges. This can include physical rehabilitation and emotional distress or depression. According to the Amputee Coalition, around 2 million Americans live with this condition, and over 185,000 amputations occur every year in the United States alone.
If you have experienced the loss of a limb in an accident, the Columbus amputation lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can provide you with information and support, while fighting for you to secure compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. To schedule a free consultation of your case with a skilled personal injury lawyer in Columbus, call us today at (614) 487-8669, or reach out through the online contact form.
Common Causes of Amputations and Severed Limbs
Traumatic amputations can involve any body part including ears, toes, feet, legs, arms, hands, and fingers. These injuries most often occur unexpectedly as a result of:
- Car, motorcycle, and other motor vehicle crashes
- Construction accidents
- Serious burns
- Agricultural accidents
- Poor circulation from artery damage
- Tumors in your bones or limbs
- Neuromas (thickening of your nerve tissue)
Medical professionals do everything in their power in an emergency in order to save a person’s life and limbs. Even with advancements in medical science, sometimes an injury is unable to heal, and an amputation must occur.
Types of Amputations & Related Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a severed limb, contact our Columbus amputation lawyers right away. We have helped clients with injuries such as:
Complete amputation is when a body part is totally severed, and there are no tissues, ligaments, muscles, or structures connecting the severed limb to the body. When circumstances allow it, reattachment of the severed limb may occur.
Partial amputation occurs when some soft-tissue remains intact with the partially-severed limb. In this case, reattachment of the extremity may or may not occur.
Phantom Limb and Stump Pain
According to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, as many as 75 percent of amputees in the United States that have lost a limb due to trauma, cancer, or poor circulation. Experiencing phantom limb and stump pain can occur in various cases following a complete or partial amputation. Phantom limb and stump pain make the use of a prosthetic limb intolerable, and requires medication to manage pain. Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine are pioneering the use of primary targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) to prevent or reduce debilitating phantom limb and stump pain in amputees.
Primary TMR reroutes nerves that were cut during an amputation into surrounding muscle in an attempt to reduce. The pain results from, nerve endings in the residual limb that used to connect to muscle, but no longer have anything to attach to. The procedure occurs at the time of amputation but can also help amputees who have lived with pain for years.
Complications can occur with both complete and partial surgical amputations, including tissue death, bleeding, shock, joint deformity, and infection. It can be useful to have a Columbus severed limb attorney from Kisling, Nestico & Redick working alongside your medical team from the very beginning, so that no stone goes unturned in your case.
Life After Amputation
The advancements in prosthetics have led people to develop and build better fitting arms, hands, legs, and feet that can fit an your body with less discomfort. Top-of-the-line prosthetics are still expensive, so working with an amputation injury lawyer can be beneficial.
Long-Term Treatment and Life-Long Consequences
In most cases, an amputation or severed limb is a life-long adjustment, and treatment will continue throughout your lifetime. Post-amputation treatment involves a comprehensive approach with rehabilitation, prosthetics, potential additional surgeries, as well as mental health support.
Losing a limb is losing a part of yourself, and can take a great deal of emotional toll and acclimatization. Emotions such as anger, grief, depression, denial, and many others may come up as you adapt to a new lifestyle. Whether it’s a finger or a leg, there are adjustments that must occur and some, such as re-learning to walk and balance, may take time.
This treatment affects not only you, but your family, as well. Potential living changes might need to occur, and ongoing emotional and physical support will likely be required, especially shortly after your injury.
Contact Our Columbus Amputation Lawyers for Help
If you have experienced amputation as a result of any varying accident, you should contact a personal one a Columbus personal injury lawyer from Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We have helped many accident victims following accidents that caused amputations and severed limbs, and we’re ready to help you. While you focus on your physical and emotional recovery, let us concentrate on the legal aspects of your case, including identifying at-fault parties, corresponding with insurers, and fighting for you to get the compensation you deserve.