Connecticut Traumatic Amputation Lawyers
There are few injuries as gruesome or life-altering as amputations. While some amputations are medical procedures, due to conditions or diseases, a traumatic amputation is the direct or indirect result of an accidental injury. People who have suffered an amputation will typically be affected by it for the rest of their lives.
What Is Traumatic Amputation?
The United States Library of Medicine defines a traumatic amputation as the loss of a body part, including a finger, toe, arm, or leg, as the result of an accident or an injury. In some cases, the accident results in the complete severing of the body part. Depending on the severity, it is possible for the part to be reattached. A partial amputation means that some soft tissue is still connecting the part to the rest of the body. Again, reattachment may be possible in certain circumstances.
There are immediate complications associated with a traumatic amputation, including bleeding, shock, and infection. In the longer term, recovery depends on a number of factors. Reattachment factors include the quality of early emergency care and the condition of the detached limb. Victims can be faced with a long recovery, and even if the part was able to be reattached, there may be significant nerve damage and loss of control.
What Accidents Lead to Traumatic Amputations?
Amputations can be the result of many different kinds of accidents. According to the Amputee Coalition, there are currently almost 2 million people who have suffered limb loss in the United States. Of the 185,000 amputations that happen every year, 45% are from some kind of accident or physical trauma. The hospital costs add up to more than $8 billion dollars annually.
Among the most common causes, traffic accidents lead the way. Severe motor vehicle collisions can result in severed limbs and digits. Pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are especially vulnerable to amputation when they are hit by motor vehicles. These accidents tend to be of an acute nature and often make reattachment impossible.
The second and third leading causes of traumatic amputations are workplace and agricultural accidents. The former category covers factories, workshops, and construction accidents, where heavy machinery and cutting equipment can put employees at severe risk. For the latter, this includes accidents with lawnmowers, as well as heavy farm equipment such as tractors and combines.
Other common incidents that result in amputations include accidents with firearms, fireworks, or explosives; electrocutions; ring traction; and closing doors.
How Can You Be Compensated?
Victims of traumatic amputation are typically faced with a lifetime of rehabilitation. In the short term, they could have steep medical bills and painful recovery. In the long term, they might need to go through months or years of physical therapy, and learn to live with prosthetics or artificial limbs. That’s not to mention the severe emotional and psychological challenges they will need to overcome.
If the accident took place at work, you will be entitled to workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, the amount you are entitled to may not fully cover all future expenses. There could be any number of parties that are partially or wholly at fault for your injury, and you can be sure that each one of them will want to limit liability as much as possible. To deal with the mounting medical expenses and lost wages, you need someone on your side who will fight for you to be fairly and fully compensated.
Connecticut has strict laws that protect people who have been injured in an accident. The Connecticut personal injury attorneys at Naizby Law will work to get you the settlement you deserve as quickly as possible. Contact one of our representatives today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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