What is a catastrophic injury?
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.
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.
Dismemberment Injuries and First Aid
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.
Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney
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
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.