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What is a traumatic amputation after a motor vehicle accident?

When you are involved in a car accident, the metal and other debris that are flying around can cause a number of injuries. One of the injuries that might occur is a traumatic amputation. This occurs when a part of the body is cut off from the rest of the body.

What are the different types of traumatic amputations?

There are two types of traumatic amputations — complete or partial. A complete amputation means that the body part is fully severed from the body. A partial amputation means that the body part is still partially attached to the body.

Can traumatic amputations be reattached?

The ability to reattach a traumatic amputation depends on how well the part and the stump are cared for. It also depends on what kind of damage is done to the stump and the severed part. In some cases, damages to the soft tissues might make it impossible for the severed part to be reattached.

What are the complications of a traumatic amputation?

A traumatic amputation can lead to severe bleeding. The person might go into shock. There is also a possibility that an infection will occur. The person might also experience pain.

If you suffered from a traumatic amputation because of a motor vehicle accident, you are in for a long road to recovery. The medical care and other expenses might be more than your budget can handle. If that is the case and your accident was someone else's fault, you might consider seeking compensation to help you with the costs of the auto accident.

Source: Penn State Hershey, "Amputation - traumatic," accessed Jan. 28, 2016

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