Road to Recovery After Loss of Limb

Industrial work sites, including factories, farms and construction sites are common for serious injuries, including loss of limb. Loss of a finger, or other appendage can be devastating and for many victims the road to recovery is long. Despite the difficulties of losing a limb in an accident, many survivors have provided a support network to help others through the recovery process.

Workplace accidents can cause serious and permanent injuries. Those who suffer from loss of limb may be unable to work, manage day to day tasks, or continue to do the activities they once enjoyed. Our Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of limb loss protect their rights and recover maximum financial support after an accident. We are experienced in handling complex or denied claims, as well as pursuing third-party claims for additional compensation.

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Awareness surrounding amputation and loss of limb has become a target issue for communities and in the media, especially since the Boston Marathon. The bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line left scores of victims facing a life without a limb. For these victims, the healing goes beyond surgery–they must learn to cope with the hardship of limb loss and to get on with daily activities. This means a long road of physical and emotional recovery.

Despite the fact that amputee victims will face new challenges after their accident, many find strength in the courage of other victims. For many amputees in the Boston Marathon and after car or work-related accidents, they receive the news after waking up from a coma or after a tragic accident have left them immobilized. For workers who suffer immediate injury, they may realize that loss of limb or amputation is inevitable.

For all victims, accepting this new reality takes time. Most will suffer through agonizing nights wondering, “What will my life be like?” “How will I ever enjoy myself again?” In such a life-altering situation, it is difficult not to fear the worst. Parents may worry that they cannot hold their children. If a victim has lost a leg, they may resent that they will never be able to run or participate in activities they once enjoyed.

In addition to the physical hardships that accompany limb loss, victims will also suffer emotional trauma. They may feel as if their limbs are still present, a condition also known as “phantom limb.” Many victims of amputation will require physical therapy or additional medical treatment, as well as psychological care. Victims of amputation often go through the stages of grief and many suffer depression stemming from the frustrations they have in adapting to their new life. Eight-five percent of amputees will also suffer complications related to diabetes or peripheral vascular disease.

Amputee victims may have suffered a sudden trauma, including a fire, car crash or work-related accident. These victims will often go through a period of shock, wondering how it is possible. There is a period of amazement, where victims are overwhelmed by how their lives were changed in mere seconds. After working through grief and fear, many of these patients are able to have healthy, productive lives with the right support.

If you or someone you love has suffered work injury in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices at 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your ca

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