A Texas Attorney for Amputation Injuries
Losing a limb in an accident can cause lifelong physical and psychological injuries. That’s why, when your amputation is caused by the negligence of another, you need the help of the experienced personal injury lawyers at Annie McAdams, P.C. With their help, you can recover the compensation you need to get the physical and emotional support you require.
Common Causes of Amputation Injuries
There are two different types of amputations. A surgical amputation is when it is medically necessary to remove a body part, and the removal is performed in surgery. The other type, a traumatic injury, occurs when a person loses a limb during a sudden, unexpected, and violent accidental injury. There are a number of common causes of traumatic amputation injuries, including:
- Workplace Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Firearm or Explosives Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Electrocution Accidents
- Construction Accidents
Different Amputation Areas
There are different types of amputations depending on the area of the body that the part is removed from. Some common amputation areas are:
- Shoulder Disarticulation: This is when the entire arm from below the shoulder level is removed, although the shoulder itself remains intact.
- Digit Amputation: Digit amputation is the removal of part or the entire toe.
- Trans-humeral Amputation: This occurs when the upper arm between the elbow and the shoulder is removed.
- Hip Disarticulation: When the entire leg all the way through the hip joint is removed, it is referred to as a hip disarticulation.
- Metacarpal Amputation: In a metacarpal amputation, the wrist remains intact but a part of the hand is removed.
Effects of Amputation
A catastrophic injury such as the removal of a body part often results in a negative impact on the injured person’s emotional, physical, and mental well-being.
Physical Effects of Amputation
There are numerous physical effects of amputation, including:
- Joint & Tendon Issues
- Loss of Mobility
- Vascular Disease
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Cardiac Conditions
Emotional & Psychological Effects of Amputation
There are numerous emotional effects of amputation, including:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the incident that caused the amputation
- Problems adjusting to life without the body part
- Depression from the loss of the body part
- Anger & Hostility
- Body image issues relating to the loss of the body part
- Social impact issues from not being able to participate in the same activities as before the amputation (e.g. can no longer ski due to loss of leg)
- Phantom Limb Pain
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for a traumatic injury is 2 years, in most cases. However, there are circumstances that can shorten or lengthen this amount of time so it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury occurs.
A Texas Amputation Injury Attorney Fighting For You
When you suffer the loss of a body part due to the negligence of another, you deserve to recover the compensation you need to move on with your life as best you can. The attorneys at Annie McAdams, PC, are here to provide you with the legal assistance you need. To find out how we are able to help you, call 713-785-6262 or reach out to us via our contact page.