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Accidents with commercial trucks often leave people with serious injuries. Trucks are large and when they cause accidents it can involve pileups, road closures, and even fire. One of the most serious injuries caused by truck accidents is amputation. Sometimes it can be caused directly by the accident and other times it comes as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Amputation can occur instantaneously with the onset of trauma. For example, a limb could be crushed during an accident to such an extent that it is removed. More commonly, a limb is damaged to such a degree that it must be removed later by surgery. Whatever the case, amputation changes a person's life forever. Amputation is not something that can be protected—even with all the necessary vehicle safety equipment. It is only prevented by the safe driving of truck drivers and passenger vehicle drivers alike.
There are few injuries that are truly as catastrophic as an amputation, which refers to the removal of any extremity such as a foot or entire leg. There are several ways in which an amputation can occur, but the most common are an accident or bodily trauma. While a limb may be severed during the course of an accident by an enormous amount of pressure, it is also possible that tissue / nerve damage to the extremities is so severe that surgical amputation is required.
Situations that may require the procedure include the following:
Due to the extreme nature of an amputation, recovery is often a drawn out process that takes a significant amount of time. Not only will the end of your limb need to heal (with the help of a dressing and a bandage), but you will also need to relearn how to complete normal daily tasks. This requires extensive rehabilitation, which can help you adjust to life with a prosthesis. Your prosthetic limb can be fitted once the wound is healed and is no longer tender or painful to the touch.
Many of those who endure amputation not only suffer from physical injuries, but emotional ones. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common side effect among amputees, due to the severity of the accident along with the realization that a limb has been lost. An amputation can also result financial damages, such as large medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation costs, as well as lost wages. Many of those who lose limbs can no longer perform their jobs, which will mean a loss of earning capacity.
Those who are involved in accidents serious enough to result in amputation have experienced something that will change their lives forever. Since an amputation injury is deemed catastrophic, victims may be able to recover large amounts of compensation. Of course, this will depend on the cause of the accident, and whether or not the truck driver or the trucking company was liable in any way. Many of these accidents are preventable, which means that it is important for victims to understand their rights.
There are many types of truck accident injuries, but if you suffered an amputation, you shouldn't have to endure further suffering because of the negligence of another. At Arnold & Itkin, we are dedicated to getting each one of our clients the justice that they deserve. If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck, our firm will be more than willing to evaluate your case and determine what type of claim you are entitled to. You will likely need to be compensated for medical expenses—such as surgery, prosthetics, and rehabilitation—as well as lost wages for time off of work.
If you were involved in an accident traumatic enough to cause a catastrophic injury such as amputation, then you need to seek the help of a truck accident attorney who can help get you compensated.