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What should you know about amputations?

Amputations can be injuries or be performed as a result of an injury. For example, if your arm is accidentally cut off during an injury, the result is an amputation. Likewise, if your bones are damaged beyond repair and infection is likely despite your arm still being there, the doctor could determine that an amputation is necessary to prevent complications.

Amputations are often a result of severe injuries. Extreme burns, serious motor vehicle accidents and infections can all lead to the need for amputations. As someone who has suffered an initial injury at the hands of another, it's important that you understand how pervasive this injury is in your everyday life before you agree to a settlement or head to trial. It's necessary to obtain as much compensation as necessary to take care of your medical needs now and in the future.

Amputations usually require long hospital stays. The typical range is between five and 14 days, though the length of time you're in the hospital will depend on the seriousness of the injury, the body's ability to heal and on any possible complications. Amputations are typically performed in a way that removes only the necessary tissues or injured areas, so the patient can retain as much of his or her limb as possible. If enough tissue isn't removed, it could mean needing a secondary surgery later due to necrosis or other complications.

Your attorney will help you fight for fair compensation after you're hurt. An amputation is life-changing, so you need to think about your financial stability in the future.

Source: WebMD, "Amputation Overview," accessed Oct. 31, 2017

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