Motorcycle Tragedies: The Devastation of Losing Limbs
Lawyer Fighting for Victims of Tragic Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been in a
motorcycle accident in Texas that has claimed one or more of your limbs, you are indeed due
for some financial compensation. Losing a limb is something that is never
easy to get adjusted to. The devastation that losing limbs causes and
the physical and emotional pain that ensues will never be able to be quelled
by anything but time, however, you deserve to be rightfully compensated
for your terrible loss.
The Ghost Of A Limb
Any time anyone is injured in a motorcycle accident, it can certainly
be tragic. One of the most horrific types of conclusions that can come
from an accident, however, is the loss of a limb. When you lose a limb,
you are truly losing a part of yourself.
There are many ways that the loss of a limb could occur in a motorcycle
accident. The fact that when riding a motorcycle, you are more exposed
to the outside world than someone in a car, automatically makes a motorcyclist
a prime candidate for limb loss. The brute force of another car hitting
someone's leg, or the weight of one's own bike, can cause a limb
to have the need to amputated. Depending on the amount of tissue damage
that ensued, the limb can sometimes be saved. Unfortunately, many limbs
that have been gravely injured need to be completely removed, however.
Understandably, many people do not know how to cope with not having a
limb that has been attached to their body their whole life. The adjustment
period can take people months and often time, years. The damage to the
human body from losing a limb does not stop at the physical level. The
emotional state of a person that has suffered the loss of a limb is compromised
to a great extent as well.
According to Virtual Medical Centre, between fifty and eighty percent
of all amputees experience what is called "phantom syndrome”.
Phantom syndrome is the phenomenon of the affected person feeling as though
the removed limb is still attached to the body. The constant reminder
of a limb that was lost to a fateful accident will further the probability
of therapy needed to emotionally cope with the loss.
A Slippery Slope
When someone has lost a limb, unlike many other injuries, the complete
loss of a limb has a higher instance of complications. Depending on if
a limb was completely severed at the time of impact when the motorcycle
accident occurred, significant blood loss that leads to major health problems
is imminent. When an entire limb is lost, the amount of blood loss can
be devastating to the human body. Complications as serious as organ failure
can be possible from an event that causes so much trauma.
If the amputee managed to not have any horrific complications in lieu
of actually losing the limb due to blood loss, then they are not out of
the woods yet, so to speak. The risk for infection during the early days
of recovery is quite high. As time goes one, the risk of infection decreases,
however, there is a long and arduous road ahead of them.
The first phase for a recovering amputee lasts about five years. During
those five years, the limb will shrink in size. Prosthetics will need
to be adjusted all throughout this period, as the limb will regularly
be changing sizes.
As time fades into the second phase of recovery, amputees will find that
they no longer need to change prosthetic limbs as often, however, depending
on their lifestyle, more regular changes may be necessary.
The third and final phase of physical recovery is considered the time
in the healing process where there will be not much of a need at all for
further prosthetic adjustments. An amputee can try and lead the most normal
life they can at this point.
A Loss Greater Than Meets The Eye
The physical and emotional realms are not the only areas that experience
significant loss. When recovering from a lost limb, there will be great
financial loss, and missed time from a person's regular schedule.
Medical bills will certainly rack up sky high, and according to CostHelper
Health, those bills from the procedure of amputating a limb alone, costs
anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 dollars. In addition to the initial cost,
prosthetics can range upwards of 40,000 dollars and more.
While someone who is recovering from an amputation will not only be at
a loss financially, they will have missed out on so many things that they
used to love and became adjusted to doing. Time at work will be lost,
time spent playing sports, and family activities. Certain things money
will never be able to buy back. Losing a limb can be one of the most devastating
experiences one could ever face.
Regardless Of The How And Why Questions
How and why an accident occurred can leave people pondering for years
to come. Sometimes it was the negligence of another person. All too often
people are not paying attention to the road and are text messaging on
their cell phones or doing another myriad of things.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 56 out
of every 100,000 motorcyclists were involved in a fatal crash, compared
to only 9 out of every 100,000 passenger car drivers. Thankfully, someone
who lost a limb still has the gift of life, however, that frightening
statistic goes to show the higher incidence of motorcyclists being involved
in accidents versus other vehicles.
No matter what the reason for the accident, if you were involved in a
motorcycle accident that left you with a limb less on your body, you need
to contact us,
The Doan Law Firm, as soon as possible.
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