One of the scariest and most devastating injuries that can happen in an auto accident is a traumatic amputation. This kind of amputation occurs when the limb is torn off the body. Sometimes, a traumatic amputation may still be partially attached or could involve bones and tissues that have been crushed and require amputation at the hospital.
Traumatic amputations are devastating. They result in the loss of a body part, such as a full arm, a part of your arm, a part of the leg or the entire leg. A complete amputation happens when the body part is completely severed off, while a partial amputation may be attached in some way.
Sometimes, the body parts that have been amputated can be reattached. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and a car accident victim may have to learn to live with the amputation.
Calling for emergency help is the priority after an amputation
It can be scary to live through a traumatic amputation. If you or someone in your vehicle has had a limb amputated in a crash, the priority should be calling 911 and getting the emergency medical team to the scene. Doing this gives you or the other victim the greatest chance of getting the help needed to stop traumatic blood loss and to reattach a damaged and amputated limb.
After being medically stabilized, it’s reasonable for the victim to begin looking into their legal options. A traumatic amputation is extremely serious and can have lifelong implications. Even if the limb is reattached, it may not work the way it did before, and the victim could live with chronic pain and dysfunction.
After a traumatic injury, you deserve support
Whether you or someone you love has gotten hurt in a car crash, you deserve the support you need to get your life back. Initially, your focus needs to be on getting medical care, but once you are medically stable, it’s time to look into making a claim against the at-fault driver. The right claim could help you get fairly compensated for what you’ve been through, so you can focus on your recovery.