man with prosthetic leg after amputationAny accident involving a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle has the potential to cause life-changing injury. However, there are few injuries more severe than those which end in amputation. While the loss of a limb can occur during or after a crash, victims must nonetheless navigate a new life—one which is often fraught with physical challenges, emotional trauma, and enduring financial hardship. 

How Amputations Occur in Semi-Truck Crashes

Amputation occurs whenever an individual suffers the loss of an extremity. Like any injury, amputations can range in severity, from the loss of a finger or toe to the removal of an entire arm or leg.

While amputations have many potential causes, there are three common culprits in semi-truck accidents:

  • Severe physical trauma, such as an appendage being crushed or cut
  • Poor blood flow, which can cause the death of cells in bone, skin, or organ tissue, necessitating removal
  • Infection, which may not be apparent until hours, days, or weeks after the accident

Living With an Amputated Limb

The amputation of any limb or appendage, from a finger to a leg, is always life-changing.

The cost of losing a body part can be difficult: not only is it emotionally jarring, but it can be financially stressful, too. You may have had to pay out of pocket for your hospital bills, surgery costs, and physical rehabilitation—even though the accident that caused you so much pain wasn’t your fault.

Depending on the nature of your injury, you may also be unable to resume a normal life. You might not be able to work, play sports, or even walk.

You may also need to continue paying for physical therapy, antibiotics, and other treatments, perhaps for the rest of your life.

Your Possible Recovery

Nobody can fix the loss of a limb.

However, the Missouri courts present an opportunity to get some semblance of justice. When you file a truck accident complaint or lawsuit, you get the chance to not only recover the money you lost—and will continue losing—from your injury but you also get the chance to hold a negligent driver or trucking company accountable.

You may be able to recover damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income, as well as reduced earning potential
  • Prescription medications, including painkillers and antibiotics
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Mobility aids, including a wheelchair, crutches, and in-home medications like access ramps and bathtub bars
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement

Since Missouri does not have a cap on damages in truck accident claims, your attorney will help you calculate the value of your claim to get you the justice you deserve.

Megan D. Andrews
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