Amputations

Enduring an accident that leads to amputation is a devastating experience that can seriously reverberate into one’s future. Amputations are often the result of high-impact accidents such as traffic accidents of every kind and serious accidents on the job (especially for the construction and manufacturing industries). If someone else’s negligence causes you to lose a hand, foot, or limb to amputation, seek the experienced legal counsel of a dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorney.

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Common Causes

Amputations are often the result of a crushing blow, but they can also be the result of a serious burn that leads to a life-threatening infection. Some of the kinds of accidents that can lead to amputations include:

Traffic Accidents

Traffic accidents like car, Uber and Lyft, truck, motorcycle, bike, and pedestrian accidents all tend to involve immense physical impact that is forceful enough to cause injuries requiring amputation.

Injuries on the Job

Work-related accidents, including slip and falls (especially from heights), accidents involving being caught in or between two unyielding objects, and accidents involving being struck by heavy equipment or by some other dangerous force (which are all common to construction work), are closely associated with injuries that can result in amputation.

Construction Work

Accidents involving fire and/or intense heat, which are common to construction work, also play a pivotal role in many serious accidents that lead to life-threatening infections and can ultimately require amputation.

Nearly any kind of accident involving significant impact and/or heat can result in an injury that leads to amputation.

Construction Work: A Major Factor

It’s not exactly news that construction work is dangerous work, but it may surprise you to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) so-called fatal four of construction work are all closely associated with amputations. This shortlist of four refers to the four types of fatal construction accidents that, together, account for nearly 60 percent of all construction work fatalities. These include:

Slip and Fall

Accidents are a serious problem in nearly every occupation, but the construction industry faces an even more critical issue. Falls from heights like those from scaffolding, ladders, or builds in progress are especially dangerous and falls account for 33.5 percent of all construction deaths. The crushing impact of a fall can lead to an injury that requires amputation.

Struck by an Object

Construction work involves lots of working parts, and the heavy tools and equipment involved make the danger associated with falling objects that much more serious. Being struck by a heavy object can lead to life-threatening injuries that necessitate amputation. Accidents predicated on being struck by an object account for 11.1 percent of all fatal construction accidents.

Electrocution

Are closely associated with serious burns, which – in turn – are closely associated with serious infections. Sometimes, the only way to rid the victim of infection is via amputation. Electrocutions account for 8.5 percent of all construction fatalities.

Caught in Between

The massive equipment and materials used in construction work can lead to terrifying accidents in which a worker gets caught in a machine or piece of massive equipment or gets caught between two huge, unyielding objects. The potential for being crushed is so great that survivors of these violent accidents often require amputations. Caught-in-between accidents account for 5.5 percent of all deadly construction accidents.

Construction work is closely associated with all kinds of serious injuries, including those that ultimately require amputation.

The Long Journey toward Rehabilitation

Losing a hand, foot, or limb can obviously have far-reaching implications. Johns Hopkins Medicine shares that a full 75 percent of arm amputations are related to trauma-causing accidents. Further, limb loss is a permanent disability that tends to negatively affect the victim’s self-image, his or her ability to care for himself or herself, and his or her personal mobility. The postoperative goals for those who undergo amputation include bolstering self-esteem and promoting self-reliance while also addressing all of the following:

Providing treatments that encourage improved wound healing and stump care in addition to careful instruction regarding the fitting and use of the artificial limb

Encouraging activities that help improve the victim’s motor skills and helps restore his or her ability to successfully engage in the activities of daily living (ADLs) – in an attempt to optimize independence

Encouraging exercise that helps promote endurance, balance and control, and muscle strength

Providing postoperative pain-management strategies and providing pain management skills for handling phantom pain in the amputated limb, which is quite common

Providing guidance regarding the use of assistive devices

Providing emotional support for the postoperative grieving that frequently accompanies the loss of a limb

Providing mental health, nutritional, and vocational counseling to address all related issues

Providing assistance with adapting the injured party’s home and vehicle to his or her new physical reality

Providing education to the injured party, to his or her family members, and to other providers of support

The accident victim’s involvement in his or her recovery is vital to success – as is the active involvement of his or her support system. The ultimate goal of rehabilitation is to help the accident victim return to his or her highest level of independent living possible – while helping to improve his or her physical, social, and emotional quality of life.

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