Severe injuries and diseases can damage portions of the body beyond their capacity to regenerate or heal. When body tissue dies, infection can set in, leading to other dangerous conditions such as Gangrene. If the infected site is not removed in a timely manner the area typically becomes a stronghold of bacteria, which may spread to other parts of the body.
A key cause of tissue death is lack of blood flow. Blood brings essential nutrients and oxygen to the individual cells in your body tissue. When a disease or injury compromises blood vessels beyond repair, the tissues supplied by those vessels die, and life threatening infections may proliferate. In this case an amputation is commonly necessary to keep infectious bacteria from spreading to the rest of the body.
Car accidents, severe burns and gunshot wounds are all possible causes of traumatic injury that leads to amputation. In the population of those under the age of 50 traumatic injuries are the leading cause of amputation. The National Limb Loss Information Center found that over 1.7 million people in the United States are amputees. However, the rate of amputations per population has decreased more than 50% over the past 20 years.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury requiring amputation, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, lost income earning potential, lost quality of life and pain and suffering. Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. can provide the experienced legal help you deserve.