Amputations can occur due to trauma, cancer, and loss of blood supply to a limb (vascular amputations).
Traumatic amputation is the accidental loss of a body part as a result of some form of trauma. Industrial accidents, farm accidents, motor vehicle accidents and accidents involving the use of power tools are common causes of traumatic amputation. When limbs are partially severed, surgeons will determine how much of the damaged limb can be salvaged. Traumatic amputation will require a huge adjustment for the victim as they learn to adjust to living without a vital part of themselves. In addition to the physical pain suffered, victims of traumatic amputation must relearn how to function without the missing limb. This will require extensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Activities that were once taken for granted will now become herculean tasks. Survivors of traumatic amputation will often need to retrain for a new occupation.
The psychological cost of traumatic amputation can be high. Self-esteem is greatly affected by limb loss. Depression following traumatic amputation is not uncommon and should be addressed early in recovery. It can be emotionally challenging to learn how to perform activities of daily living, causing feelings of frustration and grief over a life that is forever changed.
A traumatic amputation can also result in the accumulation of a large debt load. The cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, medication and medical equipment such as prosthetic devices can be overwhelming. In addition to the mentioned physical and psychological trauma, the traumatic amputation survivor must also contend with medical costs that may continue for months after the initial injury has occurred.
Seeking legal assistance may be invaluable to amputation survivors who were injured due to faulty equipment or negligence on the behalf of another person. It is important to seek legal advice early on if needed, so that financial concerns can be addressed and dealt with.
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