What to Expect from an Amputation Injury after an Auto Accident
Amputation can be one of the most devastating results of a Wilmington or Carolina Beach traffic accident.
Direct amputations are often associated with truck accidents where the momentum and energy of a large, heavy vehicle can inflict frightful damage on a human body—and motorcycle accidents, where the biker lacks the impact-resistant protection of a passenger vehicle. For automobile collisions, an amputation may be needed to free a trapped driver or passenger from wreckage, or a surgical amputation may be necessary if a limb is too mangled to be repaired.
Adjusting to life after the removal of a limb is triply traumatic. There is, of course, the physical trauma of the injury and its slow healing process. There is also the extreme psychological adjustment needed to get used to life with a prosthetic limb. And finally, there is another cycle of physical pain during rehabilitation, as the amputee learns (or relearns) the use of muscles to get through the activities of everyday life.
An experienced car accident attorney in Wilmington can be a huge asset in managing the transition after a North Carolina amputation injury. A skilled and compassionate lawyer will stand by his client and demand the full compensation needed so the client can lead a full and meaningful life.
Financial Recovery after an Amputation
Getting fair recovery for your injuries is likely to be one of the most important factors in whether you can successfully make the transition to a life after amputation. A just settlement or damage award will give you the ability to:
- Afford the medical care you needed—and will need in the future. Emergency room care and surgery are not cheap. Your bills have probably already been piling up.
- Purchase needed medical equipment. You may be able to get by with a cane for support, or you may need advanced—and expensive—prosthetic devices.
- Replace your income. You are going to be away from your job for a while. Fair compensation will take that into account and pay you accordingly.
- Pay for rehabilitation and occupational therapy. Physical rehab typically begins even before your injuries have healed. Depending on your vocation, you may need only a moderate retraining before you resume your job, or you may need extensive education and skill training to take on a new line of work.
- Afford psychological counseling. An amputation injury can trigger depression, anomie, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other assaults on good mental health. The expense of counseling services should be factored into any settlement offer you consider.
- Hire assistance. At least in the short run, you may not be able to cope with daily living activities that you once took for granted. You may need the aid of someone to help you cook and clean, attend to dressing and personal hygiene, drive you to appointments for medical care, and help you tackle all the challenges of living life.
Speaks Law Firm helps Amputees Recover for their Injuries
If you have suffered an amputation injury after a auto accident in North Carolina caused by someone else’s negligence, then you already understand that your fair compensation is not a “windfall.” Money will not replace your missing limb. At best, it will ease the hardship you will have to live with every day for the rest of your life.
Because of the statute of limitations, you have a fixed period of time to pursue your legal rights to a recovery. Connect with the North Carolina injury lawyers at Speaks Law Firm by calling 910-341-7570 locally or 877-593-4233 toll-free across the state. The Speaks Law Firm proudly represents personal injury cases throughout the Wilmington, North Carolina area, including Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Whiteville, Lumberton, Leland, Shallote, New Hanover County, Pender County, Brunswick County, Columbus County, and Robeson County.