The loss of a limb due to accidents and injuries, known as traumatic amputation, is life changing if not fatal. Amputation can involve a leg, foot, toe, arm, hand, or finger. In addition to lifelong physical impairments, it can have mental, emotional, and financial impacts. The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani is your Los Angeles amputation injury attorney; we can hold those who caused your injury accountable and get maximum compensation.
According to The American Journal of Surgery, the most common cause of amputation is blunt trauma, which accounted for 83% of the 8,910 amputees tracked in the study. Motor vehicle accidents cause the most amputations, but accidents with factory, farm, and power tools frequently lead to limb loss as well. In the United States, there are about 2 million amputees, according to estimates by the Amputee Coalition of America; every year, there are about 185,000 new lower extremity amputations.
Complete Amputation vs. Partial Amputation
If a body part is completely severed, it’s said to be a complete amputation. Reattaching a severed limb or digit is complex, but possible if proper care is taken for the severed body part. A partial amputation is one in which some soft tissue remains attached after the accident. This doesn’t necessarily make it easier to reattach the limb/digit. If the injury is severe, surgical amputation may be necessary.
Our amputation accident attorney may look at complications resulting from your accident and subsequent amputation in calculating a settlement to pursue. Potential complications may include severe bleeding. Infection and shock may also occur. The long-term consequences of an amputation must be considered as well, which include significant physical limitations and emotional and psychological effects. Prosthetics and other adaptive devices may be required for the rest of a person’s life.
Common Causes of Loss of Limb & Amputation Injuries