Being involved in an accident and suffering injuries that result in you needing a prosthetic arm can not only be devastating at the time, but also completely life-changing after your recovery. This kind of injury can mean you having to leave your job and completely change your lifestyle to suit your new limitations, which in turn can lead to further stress being placed onto you. To add to all of this your family life could be seriously affected, with a strain on your relatives to help care for you.
We appreciate, at Accident Advice Helpline, that claiming compensation for this kind of injury won’t magically fix anything; it won’t give you your arm back or take away the pain you have endured. What it will do, however, is give you some financial stability and a way to pay for the best prosthetic arm you can find. As well as giving you peace of mind that someone is being held accountable for your accident and the injuries you sustained.
Losing an arm
The most common accidents resulting in amputation and needing a prosthetic arm include vehicle accidents and incidents at the workplace, usually involving dangerous machinery such as in a factory or on a building site. Unless your limb is actually severed in an accident and cannot be reattached, it is often the case that surgeons choose to remove your damaged arm due to irreparable crush injuries for example. However it happens, losing one of your arms is a hugely stressful and challenging injury and one from which you will need plenty of time and support to recover.
Long-term impact of needing a prosthetic arm
Unlike a temporary disease or illness, losing an arm is completely life-changing. It may impact the injured person’s ability to drive and therefore, level of independence, it may also mean having to change jobs or leaving a current job, and also mean a heavier reliance on other family members for care. To add to this, losing an arm may mean having to buy a prosthetic one, which over time may need to be repaired or replaced. This may not just affect you physically but also mentally, causing a degree of stress.
Seeing if you are eligible to claim, or beginning the claim process, couldn’t be easier, call our 24-hour free phone line now on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our personal injury claim experts.
Date Published: August 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen