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Traumatic Amputation Injury

AMPUTATION ACCIDENTS CRIPPLE INDIVIDUALS

According to the National Limb Loss Information Center, approximately 2 million people are living with limb loss in the United States. A traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part due to an accident. It is generally considered a catastrophic injury in accident claims.
Traumatic amputations are the second leading cause of limb loss after vascular disease. Traumatic accidents often occur as the result of:

CAUSES OF AMPUTATION

From the partial removal of a body part to the full separation of a limb, two common causes of amputations are traumatic injuries and inadequate medical treatment.

Traumatic Amputation

The removal of a body part, such as an arm or a leg, which occurs as a result of a serious accident, is known as a “traumatic amputation.”  Nearly 45% of all amputations occur as a result of serious injuries. Traumatic amputations can result from:

  • Motorcycle accidents;
  • Pedestrian accidents;
  • Bicycle accidents;
  • Airplane accidents;
  • Truck accidents;
  • Burns from fire or explosions;
  • Electrical or chemical burns;
  • Machinery accidents, including workplace; and
  • Medical Malpractice.

Poor circulation and insufficient blood flow denies the body’s cells oxygen and nutrients needed for healthy functioning. When blood and oxygen is prohibited from reaching the body’s cells, tissue may die, and infections may ensue. Infection on the affected body part can spread to other parts of the body. As a result, the affected body part needs treatment, and sometimes, the outcome is amputation. Amputation as a result of medical malpractice can result from:

  • Insufficient monitoring of blood flow;
  • Failure to prescribe the proper antibiotics to fight infection;
  • Failure to recognize or treat post-operative blood clots;
  • Misdiagnosis of a medical condition, resulting in the spread of infection; and
  • Removal of the wrong body part.

RECOVERY AFTER AMPUTATION INJURY

Adjusting to life after losing a limb can be a complicated, lengthy process. Not only is it emotionally burdensome, but the financial costs are high. Future financial costs to help you adjust to your new body image include, but are not limited to:

  • Additional hospitalizations related to the amputation;
  • Outpatient visits to doctors;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Exercises to improve muscle strength;
  • Emotional counseling;
  • Changes to make your living situation more adaptable/accessible to your new lifestyle; and
  • Prosthesis (artificial limbs).

PROSTHESIS

Many amputee victims opt for prosthesis, an artificial replacement for a missing limb or part of a limb that not only restores some semblance of normalcy but also functions as a tool to facilitate the journey to regain independence after an amputation. While prosthesis is an excellent option after an amputation, it comes at a high price. For example, a prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $150,000. Moreover, prosthetic limbs need to be replaced after three to five years due to wear and tear. This means that prosthetic limbs are a life-long, recurring expense. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic amputation, contact the attorneys at Werner Law, LLC today for a free consultation.

Traumatic Amputation Injuries – Causes and Statistics

An amputation is defined as the surgical or traumatic separation of a limb or appendage from the body. It is estimated that one out of every 200 individuals in the United States has had an amputation of some form. However, traumatic amputations are unplanned and result from some type of accidental injury.  At least 30,000 traumatic amputations occur in the US every year.

Traumatic Amputation Statistics

  • Approximately 2,000,000 people live in the US with limb loss, nearly 25 percent of all amputations are due to traumatic accidents;
  • 70 percent of all traumatic amputations involve the upper limbs;
  • At least 600 children undergo lawnmower-related amputations each year in the US;
  • About 22 percent of patients who had a lower limb amputated were readmitted to the hospital for complications within 30 days;
  • The majority of traumatic amputation victims are between ages 15 and 40;
  • Nearly 80 percent of accidental amputation victims are male;
  • The most common traumatic amputation is partial hand amputation with loss of one or more fingers, at about 61,000 per year;
  • The second most common form is the loss of one arm;
  • 60 percent of arm amputations are between ages 21 and 64; 10 percent are under 21 years of age;
  • 10 percent of upper body amputations are of the wrist and hand; and
  • 60 percent of total wrist and hand amputations are transradial, meaning that the amputation occurs below the elbow.