Traumatic amputation is the total or partial removal of a limb due to sudden, physical trauma, unlike amputations resulting from disease or infection. Traumatic amputation may be necessary after serious motor vehicle accidents, accidents at the workplace, serious burns, and other catastrophic accidents. In some traumatic amputation cases, the loss of limb happens at the time of the accident. In others, a limb is injured and later amputated at a hospital.
If you or someone you love underwent an amputation after a traumatic accident, contact a Santa Monica injury attorney at McGee, Lerer & Associates today.
Motor Vehicle Accident Amputation
Motor vehicle accidents that necessitate amputation are classified as serious injury accidents and can often result from distracted or reckless driving. Accidents with large vehicles like commercial trucks and accidents occurring at high speeds also put drivers and passengers at an increased risk of amputation. Some common catastrophic car accidents include:
- Wrong-way accidents / Head-on collisions
- Drunk driving accidents
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Accidents with 18-wheelers
- Texting while driving / Distraction accidents
Surgical Amputation, Replantation, and Transplants
Traumatic accidents that result in amputation, or injuries requiring amputation, can be treated a few different ways. Depending on the severity of the injury, doctors may be able to replant or reconnect the amputated limb. Another option is to use a limb transplant from a cadaver. In many cases, transplanting and replanting is not possible, so surgical amputation is the only option.
Contacting Our Santa Monica Injury Attorneys
The attorneys at McGee, Lerer & Associates have handled serious amputation cases in the past with favorable results. We understand the emotional, physical, and financial hardship that can ensue after this type of injury. If your amputation was the result of someone else's negligent, careless, or wrongful actions, we invite you to contact the Santa Monica personal injury lawyers at our firm to discuss your case and to see how we could help you.