A catastrophic injury is any injury – such a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury – that leaves the accident victim with enduring physical, emotional and psychological scars. A traumatic brain injury may leave the victim dealing with memory loss, decreased mental capacity and other challenges. Spinal cord injuries often lead to partial or complete paralysis. This type of damage can change your life. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering. Talk to a Kansas City personal injury attorney from Montee Law Firm, P.C. to see what a top-notch legal advocate can do for your case.
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Dismemberment (also called “amputation”) is one of the most severe types of catastrophic injury. Simply put, amputation occurs when the victim loses an arm or other limb in an accident. Sometimes, this type of injury is called a traumatic amputation – distinct from a medical amputation. When an individual’s limb is severed from his/her body, the physical, emotional and psychological impact of the injury can be devastating. Dismemberment injuries may involve small body parts (such as a finer or toe) or entire limbs (such as an arm or a leg). Sometimes, amputation injuries occur after the accident. For example, if a limb is badly damaged in car accident, a doctor may decide to remove it at a later point. Amputation injuries may be partial or complete. A partial amputation occurs when only a portion of the limb is severed. Sometimes, doctors are able to reattach severed limbs – especially if the victim only suffered a partial amputation.
Amputation injuries are extremely serious and require immediate medical attention. If you encounter a dismemberment injury victim, there are several ways that you can help them until emergency medical help arrive. First, make sure that they are breathing by checking their airways and looking for signs of circulation. You may need to begin CPR or bleeding control. Amputation injuries are extremely painful and may leave the victim very frightened. Attempt to keep the victim calm while you wait for emergency responders to arrive. Additionally, apply direct pressure to the wound and raise the injured area to reduce bleeding. If necessary, use a tourniquet or tight bandage to subdue bleeding.
Make sure that the tight bandage is completely necessary – cutting of blood circulation to the injured area may not be helpful if it is not necessary. Make sure that the severed body part is kept clean and safe. Avoid putting the severed body part on ice or dry ice. If doctors are able to reattach the wounded body part, it must be kept safe. Never submerge the severed body part in water. Amputation victims are susceptible to shock. Make sure that the victim is kept warm and pay attention to any signs of shock. Make sure that the injured individual is lying flat with their feet elevated off of the floor about 12 inches. If this potion makes the victim uncomfortable, do not force them to lie in it. Additionally, if their head, back neck or leg has been injured, do not raise their feet off of the floor.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dismemberment injury, contact an attorney from Montee Law Firm, P.C. today. Accident victims may be eligible to collect financial compensation for injuries caused by someone else’s carelessness of negligence. If you were hurt because another driver wasn’t paying attention to the road, our firm can help. If you suffered an amputation injury at work because your employer failed to provide a hazard-free work environment, contact a Kansas City personal injury attorney from our firm today. We have recovered more than $250 million for accident victims and are ready to give you the legal help that you need.