Assistance from an Iowa Personal Injury Lawyer
Amputation refers to the removal of a body part. Amputations can occur
due to accidents or trauma, prolonged constriction, infection or disease.
While certain amputations are planned surgical procedures, others are
the direct result of an accident and are therefore entirely unplanned.
As far as surgery is concerned, a surgeon may need to amputate in order
to control the spread of disease in the affected limb as in malignancy
or gangrene, or it can be performed in a hospital due to complications
associated with diabetes. However, amputation can also happen during an
accident, or a hospital may need to amputate shortly after an accident
because the injured body part was severely mangled and therefore completely useless.
In some cases, all is not lost. For the lucky ones, sometimes an amputated
body part can be successfully reattached and this depends upon what body
part was amputated, the condition of the body part that was amputated,
how much time elapsed since the body part was amputated, and the overall
health of the injured person. Whatever the outcome is from your amputation,
you have a right to recover financial compensation for the damages you
suffered. These damages might be expensive medical bills, lost wages due
to being out of work during your recovery, pain and suffering and more.
At McGuire Law, PLC, we have an Iowa personal injury attorney who can
help you fight for fair payment from the individual or entity that is
responsible for your injury.
What to Do Immediately After an Amputation
If your own finger or other body part was amputated in an accident, you
would probably opt for reattachment if you were given the choice. For
this reason, whether an accident severs your body part, your child's
body part or anyone else's body part, the emergency steps you take
in those moments afterward may allow for a successful reattachment. This
is what one should do if they witness or experience an amputation:
- Call 911 immediately.
- Stop the bleeding.
- If at all possible, wash your hands and put on latex gloves. If you don't
have access to the gloves, use several layers of clean cloth, or plastic
bags, or the cleanest fabric available and place it between your hands
and the wound when stopping the bleeding.
- Have the injured person lie down and elevate the injury site (unless a
head, neck, back or leg injury is suspected).
- Remove or cut clothing away from the wound, and anything else touching
- Apply firm pressure for at least 15 minutes.
- Keep the injured person warm by covering them with a blanket or coat.
- If the cloth becomes blood soaked, apply another cloth on top of the old
one; do not remove the old cloth. If there is an object wedged in the
wound, apply pressure around it, not over it.
- Do everything possible to keep the wound area clean.
- As soon as the bleeding is under control, check for any other injuries
that may need emergency medical treatment.
The trauma of an accident or losing a body part can be extremely severe
and cause physiological shock. The symptoms of physiological shock include
loss of consciousness, dizziness, weakness, loss of alertness and confusion.
Remember that saving the person's life is more important than saving
the injured body part, and don't forget to look for less obvious injuries.
Be sure not to try and push any part back into place, and don't decide
that the body part is too small to be saved. On the other end of the spectrum,
it's equally important not to raise false hopes of reattachment. Whatever
you do, do not use a tourniquet unless the bleeding is life-threatening.
It's important to keep the severed body part clean and cool. To accomplish
this, wrap the body part in a clean, yet damp cloth and then place it
inside a sealed plastic bag, and then place the bag in ice cold water.
Do not put the body part directly in the water without placing it in a
plastic bag first. If you don't have any cold water available, then
keep the body part away from heat if at all possible. Either save the
injured body part for the medical team or take it to the hospital, whichever
comes first. Cooling the severed body part will preserve it for about
18 hours; however, not cooling it will only preserve it for 4 to 6 hours.
Legal Representation in Mason City, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids
If you or a loved one suffered an amputation due to an accident caused
by someone else, then we urge you to immediately contact an Iowa injury
attorney from McGuire Law, PLC. We understand the emotional shock and
suffering that goes with an amputation injury, and we are ready to help
you pursue the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Attorney James P.
McGuire. We provide representations to injury victims in various Iowa