A traumatic amputation occurs when a body part is lost because of an accident or injury. The most vulnerable parts include the fingers, toes, arms, and legs. It is one of the most devastating injuries one can have, as highlighted in horror and war movies.
Traumatic amputations are generally classified into two types. Complete amputations entirely detaches the body part from the rest of the body, while partial amputations leave soft-tissue connections that give the possibility of reattachment.
- Agricultural accidents, especially with farm equipment
- Door accidents in buildings and vehicles
- Explosions, like those that involve fireworks and gas cylinders
- Job accidents, like equipment issues and not following safety protocol
- Traffic accidents, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, trains, and pedestrians
- Weapons like bombs and guns
- Stay calm. Traumatic amputations are very frightening, but being in panic doesn’t help.
- Stay comfortable. Do not move, especially if it causes you pain.
- Get help. Contact an emergency service provider as soon as possible.
- Control the bleeding. Apply pressure to the wound directly. If the bleeding is too great, use a tight bandage in applying the pressure. But do not use it for a long time because it may cause other complications.
- Clean the wound. If possible, remove dirty materials that has the potential to contaminate the wound.
- Save the body part. Retrieve the amputated part if possible and wrap it in a clean and damp cloth. Put the cloth in a sealed plastic bag and put the plastic bag in an ice water bath.
- Keep warm. Use a coat or blanket as cover.
- Wait. Stay put until emergency personnel arrives.
Traumatic amputations can be prevented by using safety gears when operating equipment, fastening your seatbelt when driving, and just generally being diligent by observing safety precautions.
But sometimes, amputations happen because of someone else’s fault. According to the amputation injury lawyers at Mazin & Associates, PC, these incidents can be subject to personal injury lawsuits.
These incidents are probably the worst kinds of traumatic amputation cases. Because of the negligence of another party, you are the one who has to suffer. Such an injustice deserves legal attention.