An amputation is one of the worst possible outcomes of a serious car accident. In addition to limiting your mobility and independence, an amputation injury can cause significant physical health and psychological issues for the rest of your life. If you sustain an amputation injury during a car crash, it is important to explore your legal options by consulting a personal injury attorney.
Different Types of Amputation Injuries
Amputation injuries are broken down into several distinct categories. The type of amputation you suffer determines your treatment options, prosthetic choices, and the side effects or complications you may experience. Common injuries include:
- Above-the-knee or below-the-knee amputations
- Knee-bearing amputation
- Ankle disarticulation, removal of the foot at the ankle
- Partial foot amputation, the loss of multiple toes or part of the foot
- Elbow disarticulation, removal of the arm at the elbow
- Above-elbow amputation
- Shoulder disarticulation and forequarter amputations
Which Accidents Cause Amputations?
Any type of vehicle crash can cause severe injuries, but amputations are more likely in certain types of crashes. Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous for drivers and occupants, as bones may be crushed on impact or may be pierced by glass or metal. Head-on accidents are also likely to cause amputation injuries. Amputations may arise after T-bone accidents or side collisions.
Much depends on the severity of the accident and the level of impact. Amputation injuries can occur in a variety of ways. In some crashes, amputation occurs when the limb is pierced and severed by metal or glass. It may also occur when a limb is crushed by the vehicle or is otherwise so damaged that function cannot be restored. In these situations, surgical amputation may be necessary to prevent infection and save the victim’s life.
Psychological Impact of Amputation Injuries
Beyond the obvious physical damage caused by amputation injuries, these injuries often leave victims with significant emotional and mental health concerns. Phantom limb pain occurs when a victim feels pain, tingling, or numbness in the amputated part of the body. Since the sensation does not actually originate from the body, it can be difficult to eliminate the mental discomfort it causes.
Amputations also leave victims with depression, anxiety, and a feeling of helplessness. The process of learning how to move around, perform activities of daily living, and maintain independence can be frustrating for those who have suffered an amputation. The help they need from medical professionals, family members, and caretakers following an amputation can make victims feel hopeless. Additionally, many people develop body image issues following an amputation. Combined, these issues can seriously restrict a person’s independence, prevent from going out and engaging in activities they enjoy, and leave them with a lower quality of life.
Seeking Compensation After an Amputation Injury
If you undergo an amputation, the thought of compensation may be low on your list of priorities. After all, no amount of money can restore your physical health and independence. However, fair compensation can help you get the high-quality medical care and adaptive equipment you need to live a full life.
If the other driver in a crash is responsible for the accident, their insurance company may contact you shortly after the accident to discuss a settlement. Accepting a settlement right away is typically not in your best interest. In the early days of your recovery, it is difficult to know how much your injuries will cost you and how much compensation you should request.
That is where your Alabama personal injury attorney steps in. An experienced attorney knows how to assess the damage of a car accident and figure out how much compensation you deserve for your injuries, property damage, and suffering. They will also take over negotiations with the other party’s insurance company to ensure that you are treated fairly. If necessary, they will take your case to court and fight aggressively on your behalf.
Talk to your attorney about the types and amount of compensation you may be entitled to. Accident victims often seek damages for medical bills, adaptive equipment, surgical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact Us for Help with Your Car Accident Claim
At Mann & Potter, PC, we are dedicated to helping accident victims get what they deserve from the party responsible for their injuries. If you have been hurt in a car accident, let us take care of your legal needs while you recover. Call us at 205-879-9661 or message us online to take the first step.