Hanover Amputation and Loss of Limb Injury Attorneys, York County, PA

Representation for victims who have suffered limb loss or amputation in South Central Pennsylvania

For those of us living typical, average lives, there are plenty of things we tend to take for granted. Our homes, our jobs, our opportunities — yes, but also our very own bodies and the functionality and independence they allow. Even as you are reading this, you are probably scrolling with your thumb, or moving the mouse. It is automatic. It is fact to us, that our bodies help us the way they do. Unfortunately, the human body is relatively fragile, especially as we continue to invent machinery and technology that is vastly stronger and more powerful. Sometimes, tragedy can strike, and suddenly something you have been used to your entire life is no longer there.

Those who suffer any sort of limb loss or amputation injury not only have to deal with the physical pain, but also the emotional. They, quite literally, grieve the loss of their limb, of the life they were able to lead when they still had it, and this may make them feel helpless and depressed alongside undergoing grueling treatments and operations. When these injuries are caused by the negligent actions of another party, victims should trust the Hanover amputation injury attorneys at KBG Injury Law to get them the compensation and justice they deserve.

What are the common causes of amputation injuries?

While it’s possible that a spontaneous amputation occurs as a result of trauma, such as slicing off a finger in a cutting device or having a finger ripped off by a machine, amputations are more often intentional.  Amputation is often the only treatment option available after a traumatic event has left a limb unsalvageable.  And unfortunately, amputation may be recommended only after numerous attempts at surgical repair of a damaged limb have failed over a period of months or years.

Any of the following could result in a loss of limb:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, which can cause limbs to be crushed, cut, torn, or infected to the point of becoming unsalvageable.
  • Occupational accidents, usually referring to crushed limbs under heavy machinery or severe burns that cannot be surgically saved.
  • Medical malpractice, in cases where a surgical or other treatment error results in loss of circulation to a limb.

In short, any sort of physical trauma that destroys tissue can lead to the loss of a limb or appendage.

What complications can result from a loss of limb injury?

As with any traumatic change to the body, a loss of limb can come with complications that carry their own risks, struggles, and expenses. While those who undergo a planned amputation are less likely to face severe complications, the chances are still there and may still be heightened by other factors such as age, overall health, and the type of amputation in question.

Regardless of whether or not the amputation or loss of limb was planned, possible complications include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Wound infection and/or stunted healing
  • Heart problems, including heart attacks
  • Stump and “phantom” limb pain, which is the most common

Some of these complications may result in victims needing further operations (such as to remove thickened nerve tissue in cases of poor healing), more treatments, more medications, and even less freedom than the limb loss itself brings. Phantom pain alone (which, despite its name, is still very real pain) can be debilitating to some sufferers.

When is a surgical amputation necessary?

If someone is in a severe motor vehicle accident, for example, and it results in a limb being crushed or badly damaged, medical professionals will ordinarily do everything they can to avoid needing to amputate. They are well aware of the traumatic dangers associated with such a thing, even if the operation is a success with no further complications.

However, sometimes there is just nothing to be done. If the tissue is damaged beyond reasonable repair, and especially if it is infected, doctors may choose to amputate. Keeping a limb that is damaged beyond repair is more dangerous than helpful to the victim, as the dead tissue could foster disease and infection that spreads through the body and can actually risk the victim’s life. Any trauma or disease that cuts off blood flow to a limb for an extended period of time may also cause tissue death and result in amputation.

What are the long-term effects of a loss of limb or amputation injury?

Amputees often suffer physically, psychologically, and financially. They must be on constant guard against secondary complications, like skin breakdown, infection, and blood clots. If they choose to use a prosthetic, they may gain function but increase their chances of complications. Prosthetics can result in arthritis, tendonitis, and other joint and bone pain from the change in body mechanics. Lack of activity can lead to weight gain and muscle atrophy, further complicating the amputee’s health.  Amputees must be ever vigilant, actively concerned about keeping themselves as strong and healthy as possible to avoid long-term physical consequences while tending to their mental health in dealing with such dramatic life changes and guarding against the ill-effects of anger, helplessness, hopelessness, and depression.

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?

In the state of Pennsylvania, injury victims generally have two years following an accident to file a personal injury claim. That being said, exceptions do exist. Delaying an initial consultation with a lawyer is not wise. The earlier you consult with a lawyer, the better. Evidence that supports your claims may be lost if you delay. And, you may impair your chance of successfully pursing a claim for compensation by giving the at-fault parties a chance to use your trusting nature and unfamiliarity with the legal process against you.

How can a Hanover, PA loss of limb attorney help my case?

The personal injury attorneys at KBG Injury Law have over four decades of experience dealing with complicated situations on behalf of our clients and making sure they receive the help and compensation they deserve. We know how to hold the liable parties accountable. Working without an attorney is a costly mistake, no matter how “obvious” the situation seems and no matter how much you trust the at-fault parties and their insurance companies to treat you fairly.

Remember — the other side will always have representation.

Is there a Hanover, PA loss of limb attorney near me?

KBG Injury Law is located at 250 York Street in Hanover, PA, only a few blocks east of the Square.

Talk to our Hanover, PA loss of limb attorneys today

If you or someone you love has suffered a loss of limb or amputation injury due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party, trust the honest, ethical, and compassionate team at KBG Injury Law. We understand the importance and severity of the situation and we have the knowledge to help. Our personal injury attorneys are available to meet at offices in York, Lancaster, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Hanover, and serve clients throughout South Central Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, call us today at 717-848-3838 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.