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What’s the difference between traumatic and surgical amputations?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2021 | Catastrophic Injuries & Wrongful Death |

Car crashes can cause terrible injuries ranging from spinal cord injuries and broken bones to brain injuries. Few injuries are as horrifying to witness or shocking to experience as an amputation related to a car crash.

An individual who loses a limb after a motor vehicle collision may suffer either a traumatic amputation or a surgical one. The consequences of such an injury will include massive medical bills and possibly diminished earning potential for life. What is the main difference between surgical and traumatic amputations?

The nature of the limb removal is the main difference

In a traumatic amputation, the event itself severs the body part. In a car crash, an amputation could result from shrapnel or from the force of impact. Someone could lose a hand, foot, arm or leg as a result of the incredible force of the collision.

However, sometimes someone suffers severe injuries in a car crash that later lead to a surgical amputation. When an injury to a body part is so extreme that doctors have to remove it because repairing it is impossible, the procedure that follows is a surgical amputation.

Someone can suffer a severe traumatic injury that results in a surgical amputation later. Someone who suffers a traumatic amputation during a crash may eventually require surgery to address nerve issues or resolve damage to the tissue. Both kinds of amputations can lead to massive medical expenses and claims that may exceed the amount of insurance carried by the driver who caused the crash.

Understanding the different kinds of severe car crash injuries, you can suffer can help you protect yourself after a crash.