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Every year, approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S., as reported by the Amputee Coalition. Nearly half (45%) of limb loss is caused by trauma in motor vehicle collisions and other types of accidents. In addition to the physical and emotional challenges of losing a limb, amputation can mean hundreds of thousands in lifetime healthcare costs.
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What Are the Main Causes of Amputations?
Amputation is surgical removal of a limb, or part of a limb. The main causes are vascular disease (54%), trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%), as stated by the Amputee Coalition. For limb loss resulting from trauma, common causes include:
Car accidents: Limbs can be crushed or pinned in a serious car accident, becoming damaged beyond repair.
Truck accidents: A collision involving an 80,000 pound semi-truck can have a tremendous impact. Severe orthopedic damage, loss of blood flow, and even crash extraction can result in limb loss for truck accident victims.
Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycle riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. Limbs can be severed when a vehicle collides with a bike. An arm or leg may be partially severed in a crash, or be fractured beyond repair, requiring surgical amputation.
Bicycle accidents: When a 4,000 pound motor vehicle hits a bicyclist, the impact can shatter an arm or a leg. It can also propel the rider from the bike with a force that fractures limbs upon landing or colliding with a stationary object.
Pedestrian accidents: When a pedestrian is run over by a motor vehicle, it can cause amputation at the scene if the car runs over the victim’s limbs. It can also damage a leg, foot, arm, or hand to the point where it cannot be saved by reconstructive surgery.
Bus accidents: When bus accidents occur, they can cause loss of limb through slicing injuries caused by broken glass or sharp metal, severe blunt force trauma, or crushing injuries when limbs are trapped in structures.
What Is the Impact of Limb Loss on a Victim’s Life?
Amputation is a life-altering event with lifelong consequences for victims. Many individuals who suffer limb loss must make significant adjustments to their circumstances, both professionally and personally. Amputation can affect a victim’s ability to work, interact with others, engage in activities, and live an independent life. In addition to the emotional impact of living with loss of a limb, victims may suffer chronic pain caused by nerve damage, phantom pain in the missing limb, difficulties with balance, coordination and mobility, increased risk of falls, medical complications, and body image issues.
What Forms of Compensation Are Available for Loss of Limb?
If you have lost a limb in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you may have a claim for compensation against the responsible party. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to claim damages including:
Past and future medical expenses
Lost wages and work benefits
Loss of future earning potential
Pain and suffering
Loss of quality of life
Loss of enjoyment of life
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