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The Hardships of a Catastrophic Amputation Injury

The thought of losing any limb or body part is unimaginable, but unfortunately, it happens quite frequently. When these traumatic circumstances take place because of another party’s carelessness, there may be an opportunity to seek recovery.

The Alabama personal injury attorneys at Guster Law Firm, LLC regularly take on challenging catastrophic amputation injury cases. We fight to help clients obtain maximum restitution for their severe injuries.

Types of Amputation

There are different types of amputations that people may suffer from. First, they can be complete or partial. A complete amputation refers to a body part that has been totally severed from the body. A partial loss indicates that there is some tissue, bone, or muscle that is keeping the body part connected. Second, there can be lower limb or upper limb amputations. Lower limb concerns anything from a toe to the pelvis. Upper limb includes parts from the shoulder down to the fingers.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Amputation Injuries

Catastrophic amputation injuries can be the result of many different kinds of tragic accidents. Commonly these involve:

  • Car or motorcycle accidents
  • On-the-job construction accidents
  • Defective products
  • Dog attacks
  • Medical malpractice

Cost of Living Increases

It can be fair to assume that the cost of living will significantly increase for any amputation victim. Not only will they have extensive medical bills for the surgery and treatment they must undergo right after the incident, but also for their long-term recovery and care. There is usually continuous pain management to consider, as well as follow-up treatments for complications from inflammation, blood loss, or infection. Additional surgeries may also be needed to take care of scars, abscesses, nerve and tissue damage, burning, and arthritis. If a prosthetic limb is an option, they are generally valued at thousands of dollars, and it’s likely that substantial lifestyle modifications will need to be made around the house and for transportation purposes.

Life After Amputation

Going through an amputation can cause serious physical and psychological trials that last for the rest of the victim’s life. No matter how positive they try to be, the extreme change in lifestyle that they are suddenly forced to endure can be a big burden to bear. It’s not uncommon to struggle with feelings of inadequacy and frustration because of no longer being able to do things on their own. Life after amputation often means learning to use a prosthetic, finding new ways to do normal everyday tasks, figuring out how to fit into social situations, and discovering how to manage economic circumstances.

Hire an Alabama Personal Injury Attorney to Help Get the Compensation You Deserve

At Guster Law Firm, LLC, we understand that no amount of money can make up for losing a body part, but we can do our best to ease the financial burden by getting our clients the compensation they’re entitled to. Our Alabama personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge required to successfully hold the negligent party financially accountable for catastrophic amputation injuries. If you or a loved one has been affected by an amputation, contact us at (205) 386-6844 to schedule a free consultation.