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Could someone else be responsible for the loss of your limb?

You heard the word "amputation," and it sent panic running through you. How will you live? What changes will you need to make in your life once all or part of one of your limbs is gone? How will you support yourself and your family?

You could also feel anger because you didn't need to be in this situation. Had it not been for the negligence of someone else, you might still have all of your body parts. The problem now is knowing where to turn for help in holding legally liable those responsible for your predicament legally liable.

Why would an amputation be necessary?

The first step requires determining whether your amputation was preventable. Numerous situations could lead to the loss of a limb, and the most common include the following:

  • Severe injury in some kind of accident
  • Serious infection
  • Cancer
  • Thickening of nerve tissue

Frostbite can also lead to the need for an amputation, but this condition doesn't necessarily happen often here in sunny Los Angeles. Ultimately, anything that causes substantial damage to an arm, leg or hand (even fingers and toes) may require the removal of the damaged or diseased body part. An amputation also literally cuts off the source of the medical condition that threatens your life.

The hospital stay and surgery

Removing all or part of a limb ordinarily requires a significant hospital stay of at least two weeks. The surgeon should take particular care in removing all dead, diseased and damaged tissue while leaving you with the remaining healthy tissue. The surgeon will make numerous assessments prior to surgery to ensure that this happens.

In order to give you the best chance at recovery, physical therapy often begins soon after surgery. You could also be fitted with an artificial limb during that time. If all goes well, you should recover from the procedure within approximately eight weeks. Then the work of adjusting to your new life begins.

However, your physical recovery isn't the end of the story. The psychological recovery could take much longer. Adjusting to life without a limb comes with an emotional roller coaster ride. The good news is that most people are able to live full lives, and you can, too.

What about my financial recovery?

The other component of an amputation injury involves the financial losses you experience through this process. Medical costs, lost wages and other expenses related to your condition, along with other damages, can add up quickly. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation if your amputation was the result of someone's negligence.

Looking at the most common causes for an amputation, the possibility of negligence by one or more parties could exist. If a car accident caused by someone else led to your current condition, you could seek compensation from another driver. If a doctor missed the signs of an infection when medication could have controlled and cured it, you could seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. If your amputation was the result of an undiagnosed cancerous tumor, that could also mean that your doctor failed to diagnose your condition in a timely or proper manner.

If you feel that someone else committed some form of negligence that forced the loss of your limb, you may want to consult with a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney. A review of the circumstances that led to your amputation could reveal that one or more parties bears responsibility for it. Having a strong advocate in your corner could allow you to continue to focus on your recovery and getting back to your life.

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