Whether car accidents happen on the busy streets of the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn, collisions typically cause a fair amount of shock and anxiety. However, many of these events cause far more than just short-term emotional angst: They can result in debilitating, disfiguring injuries along with physical and emotional scars that last a lifetime. In severe collisions that involve crushing pressure or rollover, loss of limbs often occurs. Whether lost in the accident itself or removed as part of a life-saving procedure, traumatic amputation is never an easy experience to overcome.
Statistics on traumatic amputations in the United States
According to reports, approximately 30,000 traumatic amputations occur annually within the United States. This number includes amputation of the ears, nose, arms, hands, feet, legs, and fingers. Moreover, 70% involve the upper limbs. Traumatic amputations frequently occur as the result of car and building door accidents, workplace and agricultural accidents, firearms and explosive accidents, and electrocution. However, the top cause of traumatic amputation is car accidents.
The effects of traumatic amputation are widespread
Losing an upper limb can change a person’s life. This is especially true when the limb in question is necessary for performing basic self-care independently, fulfilling work responsibilities, or continuing a career. People in highly specialized fields who’ve undergone extensive amounts of training may suddenly find themselves unable to perform their jobs.
No matter who the individual is or the nature and necessity of the limb that’s been lost, traumatic amputation comes with incredibly high rates of depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder often develops after these events along with anxiety, fear of phantom pain, and sexual dysfunction. Even as people progressively heal from their losses and injuries, their psychological discomfort can be debilitating all by itself.
Healing from a traumatic amputation can involve both physical and psychological challenges that are costly to overcome. People who have suffered such injuries after a car accident may need help seeking compensation.