Amputation Following an Accident
There are several forms of amputation. Medical amputation is often conducted because of illnesses such as diabetes or gangrene. It is a planned medical procedure in which case the patient is aware of what is going to happen and why.
On the opposite side, however, there is traumatic amputation, which is often the result of an accident or incident in which a part of the body receives an injury so severe it cannot be repaired and could cause further trauma to the rest of the body were it to remain in place. In the past, an amputation was an extremely dangerous procedure which carried with it a large risk of death by blood loss. However, as medical technology and the means of transporting patients have improved, so have the chances of surviving an amputation.
The major effects of a traumatic amputation now are less likely to involve a risk to health, and more likely to involve recovery times, time away from work, loss of earnings, a change of lifestyle and the potential for psychological after-effects.
This is why any person who has had to have a traumatic amputation as a result of an accident which they did not cause has the right to seek a compensation claim in Stockwell.
When Amputation Is a Factor
There are several traumatic accidents for which amputation is more likely than others. These might include:
- Road traffic accidents;
- Accidents involving machinery such as grinders, chainsaws or wood machines;
- Electric shocks; and
- Incidents involving explosives or weapons such as guns.
Different accidents may involve amputations of different parts of the body. Obviously there are certain limbs without which it would be impossible to survive. However, there are those from which it is possible to make a full recovery without, for example:
- Toe; and
Recovery from Amputation
Whatever the reason for the amputation to be required, the one thing which can be agreed on is the level of trauma and the number of after-effects that a person might suffer as a result of needing a traumatic amputation. In addition to the actual medical treatment which could involve further surgery, extensive hospital treatment in order to both treat the symptoms but also ensure the safety of the wound and physiotherapy and occupational therapy to give the victim a strong chance of living without their limb, it’s likely that the sufferer would need time away from work to recover, and may need a lifestyle or working environment change as their current situation might not be suitable for their new abilities.
Making a Compensation Claim in Stockwell
If an accident or incident which you did not cause has required you to have an amputation or other traumatic injury, you have the right to make a compensation claim in Stockwell. Not only could your compensation claim in Stockwell ensure that your pain is recognised, but it could also provide financial support to your family as you recover. Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in personal injury law, and our 30-second test could help assess whether your claim is valid. Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 20th August 2013
Author: David Brown