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When can a car crash lead to amputation?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents |

If you are like most Americans, you take your ability to use all of your libs for granted. Losing a limb can affect virtually everything you do, however. Indeed, you might be unable to work, participate in recreational pursuits and even complete household tasks.

Amputation happens when you lose one of your limbs. According to the Hanger Clinic, there are approximately 185,000 amputations in the U.S. every single year. Nearly half of these amputations are due to traumatic events, such as motor vehicle accidents.

Catastrophic car accidents

While many car accidents are minor, too many others are catastrophic. This is because motor vehicles are capable of reaching fast speeds. During a serious collision, vehicle debris can sever limbs. Moreover, it is possible to suffer crush injuries in a car crash. These injuries can interrupt blood supplies and destroy soft tissues, effectively amputating crushed body parts.

Surgical intervention

Even if your limbs do not detach during a car accident, you might not be out of amputation danger. This is because doctors are not always able to repair every accident-associated injury. If your limbs have suffered extreme damage during a collision, surgeons might need to remove them to save your life.

Regardless of how your amputation happens, there are many devices that can help you manage your post-amputation life. These devices can be expensive, though. Ultimately, by seeking financial compensation from the at-fault driver, you are likely to have the means you need to better cope with your new way of life.

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