According to the National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC), about 1.7 million Americans are currently living with a lost limb. Also referred to as amputees, those with a lost limb may experience phantom pain, a sensation of pain in the lost limb, as well as depression due to their new impairment. While anything from infection and diabetes to cancer can cause an individual to lose his limb, in many cases, trauma, particularly a truck or car accident, will be responsible for a lost limb.
It's important to note that the term limb differences refers to the absence of a limb due to a congenital disorder or malformation of the limb.
If you or a loved one has lost a limb in a truck accident, it will be in your best interest to consult a truck accident lawyer to find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your losses. Our highly skilled personal injury lawyers can determine whether you are eligible to seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. We will evaluate the details of your specific crash and fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected.
Incidence of Lost Limbs
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that, each year in the U.S., there are 50,000 new amputations, with lower limb amputations being four times more common than upper limb amputations. Affected limbs may include one or both of the:
- Hands and fingers
- Feet and toes
- Arms (up to the elbow or shoulder)
- Legs (up to the knee or hip)
Treatments for Lost Limbs
The precise course of treatment for a lost limb will depend on which limb was lost, as well as how much as lost and the patient's overall health and strength. Treatment options may include:
- Use of prosthetic limbs
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy that helps amputees learn how to live independently
- Therapy to deal with the emotional aspects associated with a new disability
- Assistive devices, such as motorized wheelchairs or voice-activated computer programs, to maintain independence
- In-home nursing care
Did You Lose a Limb in a Truck Crash?
If so, you can learn more about your rights by consulting an experienced truck crash lawyer. You may be entitled to recover compensation from the liable parties. For more information about your potential case and your entitlements, please contact our truck accident lawyers today.