According to the consumer health care website WebMD, there are approximately 1.8 million amputees living in the United States. Their data reveals that amputations of the leg are the most common. Toe, hand, arm, finger and foot amputations follow close behind. While many of these result from illness, many people's limbs are amputated following accidents such as car crashes and fires.
Most amputees have to remain hospitalized for as long as two weeks after their surgery. This gives the patient time to learn how to change their bandages and doctors ample time to see if infection is going to set in. It generally takes as long as two months an incision to heal. Patients also have to undergo several weeks of physical therapy both before and after they're fitted with a prosthesis.
Countless Americans are forced to have a limb amputated due to illness or as the result of an accident each year. This is far from a routine type of surgery. Doctors often decide to operate as a last-ditch effort to save a patient's life. The recovery process is seldom fast. Some amputees face lasting health complications after a limb is removed.
While technological advancements have made it possible for amputees to live more complete lives once they're fitted with prostheses, many times a patient is unable to return to the same activities that they enjoyed in the past.
If you've been involved in a serious incident that has resulted in an amputation, then an experienced attorney can let you know what legal remedies you can pursue against a negligent party to seek compensation.