There are many different types of traumatic injuries that occur as a result of car crashes; however, losing a hand, arm, leg or foot is one of the most traumatizing outcomes of car accidents. According to the Amputee Coalition, there are nearly two million people in this nation living with limb amputations, and one of the main causes of limb loss in the U.S. is trauma, such as car accidents.

When a violent car crash takes place, or a vehicle rolls over, it is possible that an occupant inside the car can suffer a loss of a limb (an arm or a leg) or the loss of a digit (finger or toe) due to crush injuries or sharp glass or metal severing the limb. Whether a person loses an arm, leg, hand, foot, or finger or toe, it is known as an amputation. When this disfiguring injury occurs, it is a traumatic event that can be life-threatening due to the loss of blood and possible shock or infection. As a result, an emergency surgery is often required to save a person’s life.

The Reality of Severed Limbs

Although many amputees go on to live fulfilling, productive lives, this disfiguring injury causes limitations and hardships. Not only might it be difficult for an amputee to participate in the activities and hobbies he or she once loved, it may be hard or impossible to do the same type of work due to the physical limitations from the amputation.

Unfortunately, the road to recovery can be painful and difficult for car crash victims who have suffered a severed limb. Additionally, the expense associated with an amputation can leave a victim in a financial hardship. This is why people who have suffered a disfiguring injury such as an amputation should pursue compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, lost income, and other damages.

If a car accident resulted in an amputation for you or a loved one, you need to find out your rights. To learn more, order a free copy of our book, report, 10 Tips to Get the Maximum Compensation After a Maryland Auto Accident.