What should I do if I suffer an amputation in a car crash?

In the United States today, about two million people are living with the loss of limb, and experts estimate that approximately 185,000 amputations occur every year. Statistics state that 45 percent these amputations are caused by some type of trauma, including traffic accidents. Uncontrolled bleeding, infection, burns, reduced blood flow, and other injuries caused by a crash can lead to the loss of a limb.

The consequences of an amputation have been well-documented; it typically results in a significant personal, professional, and emotional cost to the injury victims and their families. So, what should you do if you or someone you love has suffered an amputation after someone else’s carelessness caused a serious car crash? What can you expect and how can you obtain the help you need?

Life After a Limb Amputation in Alaska

Adjusting to life after an amputation can be difficult. The medical treatment and physical recovery alone can be very challenging. Depending on the nature of the amputation, the surgery is taxing and will require a hospital stay. Complications may require more aggressive care or ongoing therapy. Some of the more common complications include:

  • Joint deformity.
  • Infection.
  • Tissue death.
  • Blood clot.
  • Neuroma.

Even after the initial physical challenges have been met, getting back to your old life and activities can be a daunting task. Victims need time to heal and to adapt to a new way of life. Often, prosthetic limbs can help with mobility and daily tasks. However, fitting these prosthetics and learning how to utilize them can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Learning to walk or drive or even take care of personal hygiene can require many adaptations.

Additionally, many of those who have experience an amputation report feeling pain or odd sensation at the site of the amputation. Phantom pain and phantom sensation occurs when amputees feel as though the lost limb is still there. They may experience pain in the missing limb or more specifically at the site of the amputation, which is known as residual limb pain. Understanding and addressing this pain and other discomforts associated with the amputation can require medication, therapy, or nerve stimulation.

Injury Compensation Can Promote Recovery After Amputation

Getting back to “normal” life after an amputation is accompanied by many challenges, and it can be even more difficult to address these challenges when your injury has forced you to miss work and even has made it impossible for you to return to your previous employment. Prosthetics and other adaptive equipment are expensive, as is ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation.

In Alaska, injury victims are able to pursue compensation from those who caused their injuries (or their insurance company). The at-fault driver will have changed your entire life, and victims deserve a fair recovery, which could include compensation for:

  • Medical bills,
  • Lost income,
  • Prosthetics.
  • Home accommodations.
  • Pain and suffering,

The responsible driver and his insurance company may not make it easy for victims to obtain what they deserve, but an experienced attorney can fight for your rights and protect your compensation.

At the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, attorney Ben Crittenden can help you understand your legal options and work to help you obtain an award that will help you move forward successfully. If you or someone you love has suffered an amputation after a car accident, call Ben’s Anchorage office today to schedule a free consultation.