Leg injuries are common in South Florida auto accidents, as many victims have suffered sprains, broken legs, fractures, and dislocations. Unfortunately, when broken leg bones including the tibia, femur or fibula occur in serious traffic accidents, amputations – the most serious of all leg injuries – may be the result.
In fact, the most common cause of traumatic amputations occur in auto accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents and truck wrecks. Although a complete loss of a limb in an auto accident is rare, it does occur in violent accidents. Sometimes, the loss of the limb happens immediately during the crash, and other times it can occur days after the wreck.
Types of Amputation Injuries
The first type of amputation injury is a natural amputation. This occurs when a victim’s leg is severed from the body immediately during impact. The other type of amputation injury takes place due to a crushing injury that seriously damages the bones, nerves and muscles in the leg. When this happens, the affected leg may need to be surgically amputated.
The reason an amputation may occur following an accident is because a victim may have suffered a broken femur, tibia or fibula. When part of a leg bone is fractured and pokes through the skin, infection or nerve damage can sometimes occur. If infection sets in, a victim’s leg may need to be amputated. Additionally, if there are medical complications days after the crash, it can also lead to an amputation of the affected limb.
Help for Victims Who Have Lost a Limb
If you have suffered an amputation injury in a Broward County car crash due to no fault of your own, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. This should not be rushed into, as your injury is a life changing injury. Although there are statutes of limitations that need to be considered, it is also wise not to accept a settlement offer from the insurance company until you know the extent of your injury.
This is where an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can help you. Accident attorneys will be able to review your medical records, determine what type of care you will need and how much that will cost for the rest of your lifetime, and negotiate the right price with the insurance company.
After suffering an amputation injury following a South Florida car crash, call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] and receive a free, no-obligation consultation to find out more about your rights to compensation.