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Car accidents and amputations: What to know

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2022 | Auto Accidents

A car accident can turn your life upside down. And one of the most devastating injuries you can sustain following a car accident is the loss of a body part. 

Amputation of a body part, naturally, leads to long-term complications for your world. It can affect your ability to work, your self-esteem, your relationships and your quality of life.

How do auto accidents lead to amputations?

A car accident can lead to two types of amputations: A traumatic amputation and a surgical amputation. 

Traumatic amputations occur when body parts like the limbs are severed during the impact. A surgical amputation, on the other hand, happens a body part is irreparably damaged during the crash to the point that it has to be surgically removed with the goal of saving the victim’s life. 

Some of the car accidents that can lead to amputation include head-on collisions, rollovers and t-bone accidents. 

What compensation can you pursue following an amputation?

Unfortunately, a catastrophic injury like an amputation comes with an enormous emotional and financial toll on the victim. Besides the initial treatment, the accident victim may require the following additional services:

Prosthetic limbs

Prosthetic limbs can significantly improve the quality of the victim’s life after the amputation. However, prostheses can be very pricey. Besides, they have to be tailor-made and replaced from time to time. 

Rehabilitative services

Most amputees require some sort of rehabilitation before they can regain their mobility. Besides the physical therapy, an amputee may also require counseling to accept their new status. 

Home modifications

If the amputation was catastrophic, such as the loss of two or more limbs, the accident victim may require certain modifications to their homes such as fixing the railings and ramps – and these too can be costly. 

When you’ve suffered such a tremendous loss due to another party’s mistakes, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance about your claim.