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Seeking fair compensation after a motorcycle crash amputation

by | Feb 26, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you’re heading down the interstate at 60 miles per hour and crash, the results can be devastating—no matter what type of vehicle you’re driving. However, if you’re on a motorcycle without tons of protective metal surrounding you, the risk of suffering serious injuries is significantly higher.

A motorcycle accident could result in an arm, a leg or other part of the body being shattered beyond repair, and in such cases, amputation may become necessary.

In a previous post, we discussed some of the common damages a lawyer could help you to recover after an accident—including medical expenses, vehicle repairs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, when you suffer an amputation, the trauma is extremely severe—and long-lasting—and it is important to have a forward-thinking approach when calculating the full cost of the crash.

Psychiatric trauma

Accident victims who suffer amputations are significantly more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. In addition, instances of such psychiatric problems are considerably higher among individuals who suffer an amputation from an accident or war—rather than from chronic disease. Such conditions are often effectively treated through psychiatric treatment and long-term rehabilitation.

Impact on your settlement

An amputation can deeply affect your mental, physical and emotional well-being for a long time. An attorney who understands all of your additional hardships will be able to seek appropriate compensation for you. In addition to the damages mentioned above, your settlement may include compensation for:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation over the long term
  • Psychological counseling
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement

Losing an appendage is a devastating blow to anyone’s life. In the wake of such tragedy, it’s important to seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.