Collisions between two fast-moving automobiles can result in some of the most severe and catastrophic injuries one may experience. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage and internal injuries are three examples.
Not many consider the possibility of traumatic amputation after a motor vehicle crash. When amputation occurs, victims get a double dose of shock as limb loss is physically and psychologically challenging.
What kinds of crashes cause amputation?
Any vehicle accident can lead to amputation if the injuries it causes are severe. For example, say a motorist slams into the driver’s side of your car, trapping and crushing your leg. Prolonged crushing causes deep tissue damage, sometimes so severe that amputation is the only solution.
Crush injuries and limb amputation often arise in accidents between small passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks.
What are the effects of amputation?
Most amputations require a significant period of costly treatment to help patients recover. They will also need to relearn how to get around and care for themselves to ensure as much post-injury independence as possible.
Traumatic amputations may also lead to depression, anxiety, sleep problems, low self-esteem and a host of other psychological issues. Injury victims usually benefit from mental health therapy. However, the costs of such treatment can be high.
Can you get pain and suffering?
Non-economic damages, or pain and suffering, are available to Georgia victims suffering from catastrophic injuries, including traumatic amputation. These damages help victims cope with accident effects that are hard to put a dollar value on, such as depression and insomnia.
Learn more about state personal injury and accident laws to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve.