A high velocity car accident results in vehicle damage, serious bodily injury, and even death. Those accidents may leave the victim in a position where amputation is necessary in order preserve their life.

The following is a list of limbs that may be amputated following an accident:

  • Leg
  • Arm
  • Hand
  • Foot
  • Toe
  • Finger

Forms of Amputation

There are two forms of amputations following an accident, traumatic amputation and surgical amputation. Traumatic amputation occurs when the limb is removed from the body as a result of the accident. Surgical Amputation is when the limb is amputated in a surgical procedure following the accident. In either case, the victim may be faced with an insurmountable amount of medical bills and have no means to pay them. Further, future income can be seriously impaired and even completely removed due to the amputation of the limb. Those amputated victims need recourse for the wrong in their life.

Leg Amputation

Rarely does a person involved in a car accident walk away with only minor injuries. Following serious car accidents a person may have lost a leg or damage to the leg is so severe and life threatening that amputation is required to save the victim’s life. When leg amputation occurs the victim’s life is changed forever. If you are a loved one has had their leg amputated following a car accident you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages, and your emotional distress.

When the leg is cut or damaged to such a degree that it causes poor circulation amputation may be the only medical option left. If the leg has poor circulation peripheral arterial disease may set in. The body’s cells to lack the necessary oxygen and nutrients due to poor circulation in the leg. As a result the tissue of the leg begins to die and a serious, life-threatening infection may set in. At that point, the medical professionals deem that the removal of the leg is required to save the victim’s life.

Traumatic, leg amputation is not limited to car accidents; car accidents are just the most common way leg amputation occurs. Other instances that require leg amputation may be:

  • Workplace accidents
  • Firearm and explosion accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Building accidents

If it is deemed that a leg amputation is required, a surgeon will operate while the victim is under general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia. Either route of anesthesia numbs the victim from feeling what is occurring and allows the surgeon to act. The goal of the operating surgeon is to preserve as much of the leg as possible by keeping the healthy tissue that remains on the leg. During the surgery the surgeon will:

  • Remove the diseased tissue
  • Remove any crushed bone
  • Seal off blood vessels and nerves
  • Cut and shape the muscles so an artificial limb may be attached
  • Close the wound

In any amputation, the injured will be monitored by hospital staff for a number of days depending on the severity of the amputation and the surgery that was conducted. The hospital staff will administer pain medication to allow the injured to recover as well as antibiotics to prevent infection in the leg or effected limb.

Physical therapy is administered soon after the surgery but only entails small stretching exercises. More stringent physical therapy and practicing with an artificial limb is possible to begin 2 weeks after the surgery. The wound should fully heal within 8 weeks following the surgery, however the physical adjustment to life without a leg may take years. Additionally, the injured likely suffers emotional distress from the traumatic event and may require counseling or other mental treatment.

How To Recover Damages From The Accident?

Car accidents are the most common way legal action may be appropriate to recover damages following an amputation. However, amputation may occur in other ways and legal action can be appropriate there too. Such as, when the amputation occurs due to:

  • The negligence of a property owner
  • The actions of an employer
  • The improper amputation by the surgeon

It is important to know when, and how the amputation occurred, to see if the final course of legal action may be appropriate:

  • If the amputation was improperly, or unneeded, performed by a medical professional following the accident, a case for medical malpractice may be instituted, or; 
  • If the fault of another party caused the accident, a case for personal injury may be instituted.

The Personal Injury Lawyers at Murphy Law Firm are Here to Help

If you had a limb amputated in an accident caused by another party, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. However, in order to ensure compensation, you must prove that the other party was at fault for the accident that caused your injury. The experienced team of personal injury attorneys at the Murphy Law Firm can help you gather the evidence required to prove that your limb was amputated as a result of the accident and that the accident was caused by another person or entity. Don’t be a victim twice and let the Murphy Law Firm advocate on your behalf. Our personal injury lawyers take an aggressive approach to all of our cases in the pursuit of maximum compensation. An amputation forever alters your life, and you need a personal injury lawyer who will fight to ensure that you are adequately compensated for this major life change. Call us today at (225) 928-8800.


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