The full or partial loss of a limb is life-changing, and the impact is nearly impossible to comprehend without firsthand experience. While public perception of amputation tends to associate it with trauma – farm equipment, factories, combat, etc – far more common causes exist.
- Vascular disease. Afflictions such as diabetes and artherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, cause circulation problems. In these cases, an amputation is likely the last option in a long medical battle.
- Infection or disease. Amputation can also be a strategic decision to stop the spread of disease or infection from one part of the body to another.
- Blood loss. Amputation may be undertaken to stop the loss of blood, if that blood loss is life-threatening.
- Trauma. Severe trauma may sever a limb or render it incapable of healing, creating the need for amputation.
- Medical mistake. These cases of amputation of the wrong limb are represented disproportionately due to the headlines they grab, but they do happen.
The vast majority of amputations involve the feet or legs. In this mix of potential causes, there is room for accident, malpractice, or intention. A Los Angeles amputation injury attorney can help sort out the details of your case if you’ve experienced an amputation injury you feel to be the fault of another.
Readjustment after surgery is twofold. Outwardly, the individual must reevaluate how to accomplish all the daily tasks of life. Depending on the severity of the surgery, life circumstances, health, and level of support, this may be of varying difficulty. Thankfully, the technology associated with amputation surgery and recovery has undergone vast improvement in recent times. This has resulted in less radical surgery (e.g. the removal of only part of the foot where previously doctors would have amputated everything below the knee), earlier rehabilitation, and greatly improved prostheses.
Inwardly, adjustment to amputation involves a realignment of body image and learning how to deal with the “phantom” feeling and pain of the missing limb. While this experience is not universal or well understood, it does affect most amputees and even individuals born without limbs.
For those individuals whose injury may have been the fault of another, legal action may be another step in the recovery process. Personal injury law grants avenues of recourse for these individuals, but good legal advice from an experienced Los Angeles amputation injury lawyer is essential.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Sheridan & Rund at 310-640-1200, toll free at 888-640-6789, or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.