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3 main causes of limb amputation after a car accident

| Mar 29, 2021 | personal injury |

Serious car accidents are not exactly rare in California or across the country. In fact, roughly 4.4 million Americans require medical treatment after crashes every single year. While traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and muscular damage are common in car accidents, a catastrophic accident may increase your chances of having a limb amputation.

An amputation is simply the removal of a limb. Here are three main causes of limb amputations after a crash.

1. Trauma

The majority of accident-related limb amputations are due to trauma. This type of limb amputation may occur in a couple ways. First, in a major car accident, you may sever an arm, leg, hand or foot. Likewise, if a limb does not detach during the crash, too much damage to it may leave doctors little choice but to amputate at the hospital.

2. Vascular disease

If you sustain significant injury to a limb, doctors may be able to repair the damage. Regrettably, though, if you have vascular disease, your circulatory system may not deliver enough blood to the injury site to allow you to recover completely. If a limb effectively dies, doctors may choose to amputate to prevent further injury.

3. Infection

Hospitals can be germy places. During your hospital stay after surgery to repair the injury you suffer in a motor vehicle accident, you may develop an infection. While antibiotics are effective at treating many infections, they do not always work. To prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body and endangering your life, physicians may amputate an infected limb.

While amputations after car accidents are rare, an amputated limb is likely to change your life forever. Fortunately, to help you manage your long recovery, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the driver who caused the accident.