Motor vehicle collisions can cause serious injuries. Some may unfortunately lose a limb following an accident. After an amputation, you may experience suffering both physically and emotionally. Losing a limb can also have long-term impact on your quality of life, but also for your family, loved ones and other dependents.
Common long-term issues with losing a limb
- Phantom pain or “Phantom Limbs”
- Stump pain
- Infection of amputation site resulting in further amputation
Proper care of the stump area, as well as good physical therapy for prosthesis use, is important to avoid some of these common problems.
The emotional impact of amputation
You may also be affected emotionally after losing a limb. It’s not unusual for someone who has suffered amputation to experience depression or anxiety after their injury. Victims may be subject to discrimination or ridicule from insensitive individuals. The inability to perform once familiar tasks can also cause frustration and anger.
Many accident victims who have suffered loss of limb may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) where they experience flashbacks of their accident. The amputated limb serves as a daily reminder of the event which can often exacerbate the symptoms of PTSD. Therapy is often a recommended treatment for these incidents.
How to cope with an amputation
Each affected person overcomes amputation differently. Personality factors, social environment and previous life events are important in the processing of an amputation. Being dependant and feeling like you are losing control over your life can be very frustrating. It is important to recognize what you can control and what is beyond your control. A positive attitude helps.
· Take control of decision making as soon as possible.
· Be clear with yourself and others as to what you are capable of doing yourself and what you may need help with. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
· Talk to good listeners who have a positive outlook and who have your best interest at heart.
· Appreciate how your body still works for you. Recognize what you have.
· Let go of the past and focus on the possibilities you have now and in the future.
· Try not to worry about others accepting your amputation. People generally interact with the same level of comfort you have with yourself. Again, positive attitude is key!
At Cantini Law|Droit, we understand the trauma and struggles that amputee’s often face. We believe you deserve both compassion and compensation. If you have been injured in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Us today at 1-800-606-2529 for your free consultation.