Traumatic amputations in car crashes

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car wrecks cause a lot of injuries. While some of these are minor, others are particularly serious, including traumatic amputations. A traumatic amputation occurs when a part of the body is severed from the rest of the body in an accident.

These amputations can be partial or complete. In a partial amputation, muscle, sinew or skin continues holding the severed part to the rest of the victim’s body, while a complete amputation is a total disconnection.

Can severed body parts be reattached?

There are several factors that determine whether the severed body part can be reattached. If the severed part is found, a surgeon can evaluate the stump and severed part to determine what’s possible. There are some cases in which reattachment isn’t possible. 

Even if the body part can be reattached, an amputation victim is likely going to have a long road to recovery with many doctor appointments and therapy visits. When it can’t be reattached, they’ll likely need to re-learn how to do daily tasks. Some will have to learn how to use a prosthetic. 

There are many complications that can come when a person suffers a traumatic amputation. These range from infection to loss of a reattached limb. Because of the many risks, it’s imperative that they have consistent and close medical care throughout the healing process. 

What can you do if you suffered a traumatic amputation in a car crash?

Individuals who suffered from a traumatic amputation due to a car wreck may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. This can help them to cover the medical bills and other expenses that are related to the catastrophic injury they suffered.