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Traumatic amputations can lead to major life changes

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2021 | Injuries |

A person who gets involved in a car wreck can suffer from serious injuries. One injury that’s possible is a traumatic amputation. This means that a part of the body that is severed from the rest of the body.

There are several things that can impact whether the severed part will be able to be reattached. Emergency medical assistance and proper care for the stump and the severed part can help increase the chance of reattachment.

Type of amputation

Amputations can be either complete or partial. A complete amputation means that the body part is completely detached. A partial amputation means that there’s still some soft tissue attached. An amputation usually causes severe pain and bleeding.

It’s sometimes possible to reattach the body part. A surgeon will have to evaluate the situation to determine if this is the case. When reattachment isn’t possible, a prosthetic might be in order. Some body parts, such as fingers or toes, may not require a prosthetic.

Long-term impacts

The long-term impacts of a traumatic amputation go far beyond just the physical side of things. People who go through this usually face significant mental health issues. These include depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Getting help for these is critical because mental health problems can quickly worsen.

Anyone who suffered a traumatic amputation should ensure they get prompt medical care. Victims of automobile crashes may opt to pursue a claim for compensation if the wreck was the result of negligence or deliberate actions. This enables them to seek compensation for things like missed wages and medical care costs.

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