Being involved in a car accident on our congested roads and highways in Florida can be a terrifying experience.
Unfortunately, a catastrophic injury that some people may suffer after auto wrecks is amputation.This can create lifelong challenges to an individual and his family.
If you required amputation due to injuries sustained after collision with a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How Do Car Accidents Cause Amputations?
Amputations are often caused in higher speed crashes and can happen in two ways. In some cases, the force of the collision can result in an arm, leg, hand, finger, foot, toe, or other body part being severed from the victim’s body. In other cases, damage to a body part is so severe that it must be amputated during the course of medical treatment. In some instances, emergency surgery may be required due to the life-threatening nature of the injuries.
Some of the negligent driving practices that lead to amputations include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive driving and road rage
Medical treatment for amputations can be expensive, and often include hospitalization, surgery, and rehabilitation. Fortunately, there have been many technical advances in the design of prosthetics, and most victims live independent lives after being fitted for these. However, artificial limbs can be expensive, and often need to be replaced at various times during a person’s life.
In addition, there are dangerous complications associated with amputations, and some can be life-threatening. Possible complications include:
- Deformity of the joint
- Hematoma, which is a bruised area where blood collects underneath the skin
- Opening of the wound
- Tissue death
- Blood clots in veins deep in the limb or in the lungs
In Florida, the negligent driver may be responsible for compensating you for injuries resulting in amputation. Our skilled car accident attorneys are ready to fight for the financial recovery you deserve. To learn about our experience in these cases and your legal options, fill out our online form today to schedule your free consultation.