Loss Of Limbs Due To Motorcycle Accidents
While every effort is made to prevent an amputation, many motorcycle injuries are so severe that the resulting complications may require the loss of a limb in order to save the patient. About 22% of amputations are performed after a person has sustained severe trauma, such as in a motor vehicle accident or while working in an industrial setting. The majority of trauma related amputations are performed on motorcyclists injured in an accident. The loss of a limb has life altering consequences and the medical costs for continued care can be sumptuous— which is why it is important to retain an attorney who has experience collecting damages in motorcycle injury cases.
Infections and Gangrene, Complications Frequently Associated With Amputation Cases
Any time an injury pierces the skin, such as in a compound fracture, the affected area may become infected. Doctors will make every possible effort to both prevent and treat infections to tissue, bone and the blood that result from open wounds, but in some cases, powerful drug resistant bacteria may find its way into the wound. If the infection cannot be controlled, doctors will make the tough decision to amputate the limb in order to prevent the infection from spreading into the patient’s major organs, where it can lead to sepsis and death.
Gangrene is the result of poor circulation that ultimately causes the affected area to experience massive tissue loss. Trauma may cause gangrene as a result of cutting off blood flow to an area or an area may be deprived of blood due to extensive damage to major blood vessels in or near the area. If too much tissue is lost as a result of gangrene, amputation may be the only treatment option in order to prevent the spread of the gangrene or a deep infection that may accompany the tissue loss.
Extensive Trauma From A Motorcycle Collision That May Eventually Require Limb To Be Removed
Some amputations are the result of an injury that is so severe that the limb simply cannot be saved. In some instances, the limb may be lost during the accident. If the damage is too severe, doctors may make the call to amputate it rather than to try to save the limb and leave the patient with a disfigured limb for the rest of his or her life. It could be more beneficial to amputate and investigate the possibility of a prosthetic at that point if such an option is more realistic.
The majority of amputations that occur as a result of accidents involving vehicles such as mopeds or bikes are to the upper limbs, rather than the legs and feet. Removal of a hand or arm accounts for about 68% of amputations related to motorcycle accidents. Anytime somebody loses a limb, it changes his or her life forever and recovery is a lifelong process, both physically and emotionally.
Financial Burden Associated With Prosthetics & Rehab Following Amputation
The average medical cost of an amputation is around $91,000 with lifetime medical costs for ongoing care amounting to an average of nearly $510,000. In addition to the pain and suffering caused by the loss of a limb, the financial burden can be crippling to most people. Most people do not plan to be involved in an accident and the medical costs can easily break the bank.
Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorneys With You For the Long-Run
We at Chicago Injury Center understand that each motorcycle injury case is unique and deserves special attention. Our experience and knowledge will allow us to assess your case and determine the ongoing cost of caring for your injury. We are able to present our clients’ cases to insurance companies in the most effective way in order to maximize their recovery and collect as much money for them as possible. Whether you are located in Chicago or anyplace throughout Illinois, we are capable of fully serving your legal needs.
Our consultations are free and we will never charge you unless we are able to recover money on your behalf. Contact us today in order to review your case.
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