It’s not common, but sometimes victims of car accidents are forced to amputate a limb leading to life-long disabilities.
Amputations that occur after a traumatic accident can result in either infection or even shock if not taken care of immediately. Both of these can be potentially life-threatening. Depending on the accident and other factors, it may be possible to reattach the severed limbs, however, in most cases, the victim will depend on a prosthetic limb to go about their day to day.
Car Accidents And Amputations In United States
According to Amputee Coalition, there are over 2 million people living with limb amputations. It is common for car accidents to cause more amputations than other reasons such as congenital reasons, vascular disease or cancer.
Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries to the victims body. The hands, toes, feet, fingers or the entire limb can be so severely damaged that reconstruction is not possible. In worst case scenarios, surgical amputation may be required to save the victim’s life.
According to available statistics provided by the Amputee Coalition:
- There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States
- Among those living with limb loss, the main causes are vascular disease (54%) – including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease – trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%)
- Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year
- In 2009, hospital costs associated with amputation totaled more than $8.3 billion
- African‐Americans are up to four times more likely to have an amputation than white Americans
- Nearly half of the individuals who have an amputation due to vascular disease will die within 5 years. This is higher than the five year mortality rates for breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer
Over the years, medical technology has improved providing amputees with better quality prosthesis and medical support available these days, car accident victims who suffer the loss of a limb can still have a high degree of function and can lead to a satisfying life. However, the suffering caused by such an injury can be inexplicable.
Why Speak With An Attorney?
If you have been in a car accident that resulted in the loss of a limb due to someone’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation. You will still be able to lead a good life, however, the path to recovery is difficult and also expensive. You are likely to require long and extensive medical care, and it may take months or even longer for you to get used to the prosthesis. Even if your severed limb can be reattached, you may need multiple surgeries and prolonged rehabilitation. All this can prove extremely expensive.
Get in touch with an experienced car accident lawyer at Krasney Law. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your legal rights. Call (909) 380-7200 for a FREE case evaluation.