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Amputation – accidents & injuries

The causes of amputation are as diverse as the types of amputation possible.

Many occur as the result of an accident which was not entirely the injured person’s fault. When this is the case, the injured person is entitled to considerable amputation compensation.

Common accidents which lead to amputation

A traumatic amputation occurs when a body part is torn off during an accident. The most common incidents of this kind are:

  • Road traffic accidents – especially accident involving motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians

  • Workplace accidents – especially accidents involving heavy machinery and dangerous equipment

Types of amputation

Fingers, hands, arms, noses, ears, eyelids, tongue, genitals, legs, feet and toes can all be amputated. On top of this, body parts can be amputated in full or can be partially amputated.

Complete amputation involves a complete break, where there are no tissues, ligaments, muscles or other anatomical structures connecting the amputated body part to the rest of the body. Incomplete or partial amputation involves a ligament, tendon or muscle which remains connected to the body.

In the latter circumstances every effort should be made to save the injured body part.

When the amputation occurs close to the body’s core it is referred to as a proximal amputation. This includes amputations at the shoulder or hip. Distal amputations occur further from the core of the body. Things like fingers and toes can be lost. Distal amputations are more common than proximal amputations.

Complications of amputation

Surgical amputation is a deliberate action to remove a body part which may pose a threat of harm or infection to the body as a whole. Of course, the amputation also carries potential complications. The degree of risk depends upon the age of the patient, their general health and the nature of the amputation.

While risk of complications is lower in planned surgical amputations, the same complications are possible. Complications arising from amputation include:

  • Heart attacks

  • Blood clots

  • Wound infections and slow healing

  • Pneumonia

  • Phantom limb pain

  • Other psychological problems

Accidents which result in amputation have life-long consequences, and the injured person isn’t the only person affected; their family and friends are involved too. At Moore Blatch solicitors, we can help the victims of serious accidents to get the compensation they deserve, to cover loss of earnings, ongoing costs of treatment and rehabilitation, together with compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

Talk to us today about your circumstances and find out if you are entitled to compensation.

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