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Amputations

Michigan Traumatic Amputation Lawyer

An amputation is the removal of all or part of a bodily extremity or limb—such as a finger, hand, toe, foot, arm, or leg. Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year. Most amputations are the result of a chronic health condition, like diabetes. However, sometimes amputations can occur as a result of a serious accident, and these types of amputations are considered traumatic.

Causes of Traumatic Amputation Injuries

A variety of different accidents can cause traumatic amputation injuries. These injuries can occur as a result of a serious car collision, or due to an accident on a construction site.  Heavy machinery, along with saws and other cutting instruments, can cause an amputation to a finger, hand, arm, or another limb if used incorrectly or carelessly. Traumatic limb amputations may also happen due to a malfunction of machinery. These types of amputations may occur on the spot at the time of the accident or may come about during the course of medical care; particularly in cases where there is severe nerve damage and the limb cannot be saved.

Another form of amputation injury can occur as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect.  Amputations are an extreme result of a serious bedsore condition. Bedsores are generally caused by constant pressure on the part of the body that lessens blood flow to bodily tissue. Without proper blood flow, the skin and connective tissue becomes damaged and can die, leading to necessary amputation of the affected body part. The nursing home may then be legally responsible for this resulting amputation if it was negligent in causing the bedsores to develop in the first place—often, a result of inadequate caretaking.

Traumatic Amputation Risks

A traumatic amputation, while a serious and difficult injury by itself, can also lead to numerous other medical side effects. Some side effects resulting from an amputation injury include:

  •  Infection
  •  Stiffness
  •  wound healing/cover
  •  Sympathetic dystrophy
  •  Chronic neuroma-related pain and tenderness
  •  Phantom limb (experiencing a feeling that the amputated limb is still connected to your body)

This above is not an exhaustive list of each problem you may experience due to an amputation of a body part. While an amputation is a serious injury, there are medical advances in therapies and prosthesis devices which significantly improve prospects for adaptation and restoration of mobility for those who suffered from a traumatic amputation injury.

Compensation for Traumatic Amputation Injuries

If you or a loved one have undergone an amputation caused by a traumatic injury, an amputation that was unnecessary, or an amputation that other medical procedures could have prevented, contact us as soon as possible. If you suffered an amputation injury due to the negligence of another party, you may have a personal injury claim for which you may be entitled to legal compensation. We have an experienced team of attorneys who are ready to begin fighting for you.

Source:

http://www.amputee-coalition.org/limb-loss-resource-center/resources-by-topic/limb-loss-statistics/limb-loss-statistics/#.WTatH-vyuUl

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