Thousands of auto accidents occur in North Carolina ever year. Many of these accidents result in injuries to vehicle occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists. One of the most severe types of injuries suffered in a car crash is the loss of limb.
When two vehicles collide into each other, the impact of the crash can be violent. The impact of the crash can result in the driver or passengers losing a limb. A broken glass injury can cause an accident victim to lose their limb. During the impact of the collision, the windows can shatter causing broken glass to fly all over the vehicle. The glass can cut a person and penetrate their nerves and arteries. When this type of injury occurs, an individual’s limb may need to be amputated to prevent them from bleeding to death.
Another common cause of loss limbs in car accidents involves the compression of passenger compartments in vehicles when they are involved in a collision. This can cause a passenger to endure pain while the vehicle’s metal frame crushes around their body, the compression can damage an individual’s limbs. In these cases, amputations are necessary due to the permanent damage sustained in the crash.
If you or a loved one has lost limb in a vehicle crash, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent driver. Contact a Winston-Salem car accident attorney to explore your legal options.
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Medical Treatment for a Loss of Limb
Once a doctor determines that the limb needs to be amputated, a surgery will be scheduled. Depending on the severity of the injury, the surgery can be a simple procedure or it can be complicated.
After the limb has been surgically amputated, the patient may require additional medical attention and oversight. For instance, a car accident victim that has lost a limb may have a prosthetic limb built for them. The limb will help accident victims perform routine functions.
Even if patient is not fit with a prosthetic limb, the accident victim will need physical therapy to build up their strength. Also, they may need occupational therapy to re-learn basic tasks with or without their replacement limb. Therapy can be very grueling for an accident victim.
Filing a Lawsuit for a Loss of Limb
If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident that resulted in an amputated limb, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Injury victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we advise all injured individuals to seek legal guidance following a motor vehicle accident. Oftentimes, accident victims are unaware of their legal rights and options. A knowledgeable attorney can review the circumstances of the accident and advise the injury victim of the best course of action to pursue.
Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to helping injured North Carolina residents receive the justice that they may deserve. With offices in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, we are available to provide legal services to accident victims in the Triad.
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