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Amputations during an accident can make life difficult

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Monday, August 10, 2015. 

There are a variety of injuries that might occur during a motor vehicle accident. In some cases, a person in an accident might experience an amputation. If this occurs, it should be considered a medical emergency. These horrible injuries can significantly affect a person's life, even in the best case.

An amputation occurs when part of the body is removed. While most people associate amputations with surgeries, such as removing a toe that is affected by diabetes complications, amputations can also occur during an accident. The amputation can affect the legs, arms, hands, feet, fingers and toes, as well as other parts of the body.

If the body part that is amputated is completely removed from the body, the amputation is complete. If the body part is still partially attached, the amputation is partial. It doesn't matter which of these occurs during an accident because both types of amputations are medical emergencies.

In some cases, it is possible to reattach the amputated body part, but that depends on a variety of factors. The body part itself, the condition of the body part, the condition of the stump, the time between the amputation and the attempted reattachment and the health of the victim are all factors that can affect the reattachment of an amputated body part.

The healing process following an amputation is considerable. Whether the amputated body part is reattached or not, the victim will likely face a lengthy recovery that includes intensive medical care and therapy. All of that can negatively affect the patient's life. When all factors are considered, victims of car accidents caused by a negligent party might choose to seek compensation.

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