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Amputation: Information and Facts

Amputation is defined as a procedure which results in the surgical removal of a body part for medical reasons. Amputations often occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents or other traumatic injuries. According to the Range of Motion Project, trauma is one of the leading causes of amputation throughout the world. However, a number of other conditions can result in an amputation being performed.

Amputations can also stem from diabetes-related complications as well as other diseases. In 2006, more than 4,000 Canadians with diabetes had amputations performed related to diabetic foot ulcers. An amputation is a serious operation and usually only performed when doctors have ruled out any other options. A number of serious complications can arise from an amputation including life-threatening infections, serious bleeding, or the body entering a state of shock.

Treatment and care following amputation have significantly improved the outlook for individuals who experience this serious medical procedure. While the surgical removal of a body part can impact many facets of an individual’s life and well-being, mobility following an amputation is a particularly important concern. For many individuals, a prosthetic device can help them to regain mobility and independence when amputation limits their ability to get around. Prosthetic devices can also help individuals maintain a more independent lifestyle.

Because amputation is such a severe procedure, it is important to be aware of all the risks and potential complications involved. Your doctor should take the time to answer all of your questions regarding the reasons why the procedure is necessary, as well as any questions you may have regarding your physical or emotional recovery.

Consulting legal counsel is also a sound course of action as their resources can be invaluable to your recovery. When amputation occurs as a result of an accident or personal injury, the loss that occurs can be catastrophic. Aside from significantly restricting mobility, the return to work rate following an amputation is approximately 65%. Moreover, many individuals are forced to change professions following an amputation due to a change in their mobility that affects their ability to perform job tasks. Other factors, including the distance they have to travel to work or the need to stand for long periods of time, can also affect an individual’s ability to return to work.

If you have experienced an amputation as a result of a personal injury or other accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. In addition to the resources they can provide for your recovery, they can also assist with compensation that may be available and ease your transition back to work.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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