An amputation is defined as the surgical removal of a limb or body part and is a necessary surgery performed to remove diseased or dead tissue and to relieve pain. This surgery is performed to remove malignant tumors, to remove tissue that no longer has an adequate blood supply, and also because of severe trauma to a body part. Many people do not know that 65,000 amputations are performed throughout the United States on a yearly basis and the majority of these amputations involve the legs.
While amputations can be planned procedures, a great number of these surgeries are emergency procedures that occur because of injury or arterial embolisms. Arterial embolisms are sudden interruptions of blood flow to an organ or body part because an embolus adheres to the wall of an artery and subsequently blocks the flow of blood.
When an accident causes severe trauma to a limb, the injury victim may need to have that limb amputated as quickly as possible. In other cases, the body part may be totally severed during the accident or trauma. In a partial amputation, some soft-tissue connection will remain. Depending on the severity of the injury, the partially attached limb may or may not be able to be reattached.
Car accidents, severe burns, and gunshot wounds are all common causes of traumatic injury that can lead to amputation and the need for an amputation attorney. When a work-related accident involves heavy machinery, that worker may suffer crushing injuries to limbs that must be amputated as a result. Depending on the specific accident, blood vessels or other body tissues can be shredded beyond repair, leaving the victim with no other options other than amputation. Among accident victims who are ages 50 and under, traumatic injury is the leading cause of amputation.
Disease has the ability to destroy body tissues permanently. For example, peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a leading cause of amputation because it hardens blood vessels to the point where blood is blocked from reaching tissues in the body’s extremities. These tissues eventually die, leading to the need for amputation.
When traumatic injury leads to amputation, the victim may be entitled to monetary compensation under personal injury law. According to the National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC), one of every 200 Americans is an amputee. The long-term outcome for amputees has greatly increased over the years because of advancements in the management of traumatic amputation, critical care management, new surgical techniques, and new prosthetic designs, but amputees will still undergo major life changes.
Before an amputation occurs, the future amputee will have to go through extensive medical testing to determine the proper level of amputation and how to accomplish maximum rehabilitation. After an amputation, amputees will typically receive medication for pain and will start physical therapy and rehabilitation as soon as possible, sometimes within 48 hours. The length of time that amputees will stay in the hospital depends on the severity of the amputation and the general health of the amputee. It can range from a few days to several weeks.
All of these medical treatments, coupled with the psychological counseling that many amputees need, can add up to an overwhelming amount of additional expenses. That is where we come in. Our West Virginia amputation attorneys understand what you are going through and we know how to help. Our dedicated legal team will help you file an injury claim against the negligent party who is responsible for the accident that led to your amputation, providing you with constant support and trustworthy legal guidance. As members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, we have proven our ability to recover maximum compensation in settlements and attain successful verdicts for injury victims and their families, and we will fight hard for you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with a lawyer who genuinely cares about you and your future!