Legal Help for Amputation Victims

Traumatic amputation refers to the accidental loss of a limb. Generally their are two types of amputations: partial and complete. Complete amputation is the loss of an entire limb.

Partial amputation is when a limb is severed but some connective tissue still joins the severed body part to the rest of the body. Often limited use of the limb is possible after a partial amputation. In some cases amputated body parts can be reattached, particularly when the severed part and stump are properly treated.
After an amputation has occurred the amputee may be fitted for a prosthetic limb. In some cases this limb will be designed solely for cosmetic reason, in others, it will be designed as a functional surrogate for the lost limb. Generally, the traumatic amputee benefits from having a functional prosthesis rather than a nonfunctional replanted limb.

Medical improvements have enhanced the long-term outlook for traumatic amputation victims. Early emergency has been enhanced and critical care management as well as new surgery techniques have also been improved. The prosthesis has also been improved, including advancements in design as well as fitting. Unfortunately, attempts to replant new limbs have only been moderately successful because nerve regeneration is still problematic. The result is that replanted limbs are often partially functional. However, research is ongoing and advances are anticipated.

A major component of amputation recovery is psychological treatment. The psychological effects of loosing a limb can be devastating and addressing these needs is a priority. Depression is common place among amputees. Counseling, support groups and in some instances temporary antidepressant prescriptions are needed to treat these symptoms. Phantom limb pain is also a syndrome common to amputees. Because brain signals are still being sent to the missing limb, the victim develops the sensation his or her missing limb still exists. This may further aggravate the amputees psychological condition, as well as cause physical pain and discomfort.

A traumatic amputation can be caused by an automobile accident, a factory, farm, power tool or construction accident. War, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and criminal acts may also cause amputations.

If you are some one you love has suffered a traumatic amputation in accident that wasn't your fault, please contact us for a free legal consultation.



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