Legal Help if Amputation Was Necessary in Serious Accident
The sudden loss of one or more limbs is a life-altering trauma that is not easily overcome – physically or emotionally. When you suffer a serious injury like an amputation due to an accident caused by someone else, you have the right to seek compensation. Reach out to an Ohio amputation lawyer today for help with your case.
One of the most catastrophic injuries that can occur from an accident is an amputation. The Ohio amputation lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick have experience bringing amputation-related personal injury claims. They understand the short- and long-term multilayered consequences of amputations and will ensure that your request for compensation takes into account how this trauma affects you now and years down the road.
Call KNR today at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free, initial consultation to discuss how an Ohio serious injury lawyer can help.
How Amputations Occur
Sudden digit and limb amputations often arise after vehicle and construction accidents or incidents with machinery and equipment. Accidents that cause significant damage to a specific part of the body, such as by crushing it, may necessitate the removal of that area due to:
- The inability to reset and heal the bone in the limb
- Extensive damage to the blood vessels in that area of the body
- Extensive damage to the tissue in that area of the body
- Untreatable infections that could spread to other areas of the body or are life-threatening
Accidents can also cause traumatic amputations, in which the accident itself causes the amputation and physicians cannot repair and reattach the limb. These types of amputations may be much more dangerous and catastrophic to you as there was no control over how your limb was removed and physicians must do their best to repair and heal the wound in a way that minimizes the pain and limitations you experience. You may be more likely to experienced secondary injuries with a traumatic amputation that a surgical amputation.
The Short-Term Effects of an Amputation
In the weeks and months following a sudden digit or limb amputation, you are likely to experience a great deal of physical pain and mental discomfort. You will have to continuously dress and care for the wound to ensure it heals and avoids infection. You will need to visit the doctor to monitor your progress as well as to discuss additional treatments that may be physically necessary or for the purpose of improving the appearance of the wound.
While you heal, you will have to learn how to get around and live without your missing limb. This can be exceedingly difficult your mobility is affected or you lost your dominant hand. Having to use crutches, a wheelchair, or other aids can be physically and mentally exhausting. Having to learn to write with your non-dominant hand may be frustrating and embarrassing.
Learning to cope with the loss of your limb after a sudden amputation causes an onslaught of emotions. You may feel anger, sadness, embarrassment, shock, denial, helplessness and hopelessness. These feelings can deepen into depression and anxiety, which can inhibit your ability to get better and move forward with your life.
The Long-Term Effects of an Amputation
While the first few weeks and months after an unexpected amputation may be the hardest of your life, the consequences of an amputation do not eventually drift away. You must live with the negative effects of an amputation for the rest of your life. You may be permanently confined to a wheelchair or have to rely on a prosthesis. Both of these devices require maintenance and upgrades from time to time. This will be an on-going expense.
Amputation wounds do heal, however, there can be long-term side effects include dead skin that needs to be removed, bruising, blistering, swelling, wound openings, infection, and more. You may need more consistent medical care for your amputation than you otherwise would have in life. The underlying muscles can also be negatively affected by prolonged lack of use if you use a wheelchair or are on bed rest for a period of time. You may have to undergo physical therapy to counteract these conditions.
Since a lower limb amputation affects your mobility, it can greatly alter your health. Losing a foot or leg can make it exceedingly difficult to exercise, which can cause you to gain weight, have high blood pressure, and suffer from poor circulation. Over time your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke may increase.
A difficult long-term side effect of amputation to battle is phantom limb pain. When you suddenly lose a limb, your brain may not recognize it is gone. You may feel pain, numbness, and other sensations in your limb, despite it being gone. Since it is not there to treat, traditional pain relief may not be helpful. You may require other treatments such as physical therapy, nerve blocks or nerve stimulation, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, or prescription medications.
Contact Our Ohio Amputation Lawyers Today
When you work with the attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we will discuss with you the common long-term side effects of an amputation and how these increase the amount of compensation you should seek through a personal injury claim. We will work closely with your treating physicians and medical experts to obtain a comprehensive overview of your current and future medical needs, including how much these will cost and impact your future income. If you are experiencing a great deal of emotional distress due to the accident and amputation, we will work with your mental health providers and experts to ensure your claim adequately addresses your invisible injuries. Our goal will be to gain you the maximum amount of compensation possible so that you have the financial ability to handle whatever complications arise in the future.
To learn more about your right to bring a personal injury claim after an amputation, contact one of our Ohio serious injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.