The loss of a limb in a motor vehicle accident represents a traumatic and life-changing injury. Many questions surface, and you wonder how you will now function as a parent, worker and human being.
The negligence of another driver led to this outcome, and you must deal with painful medical treatments, expensive medical costs, lengthy rehabilitation, loss of income and the likelihood of having to find another occupation.
Surgeries and relearning tasks
You now face many challenges and have no choice but to confront them. Most traumatic amputations occur below the knee. Others may occur below the elbow, above the knee and above the elbow.
Here are some of the challenges you can expect:
- Several surgeries: They may be lengthy and painful, but often are necessary to save your life.
- Lengthy hospital stays: Expect to spend a long time in the hospital. It could be several weeks or months.
- Extended time undergoing therapy: This includes physical, occupational and mental health therapy. You need to heal internally and externally.
- Use of a prosthetic limb: You will start by getting fitted for the limb, then working with therapists to understand how a prosthetic arm or leg functions and benefits you.
- Relearning daily tasks: You will have to get used to walking, getting dressed, holding utensils and even brushing your teeth. In certain circumstances, you may have to rely on a specially fitted motor vehicle to drive.
These are just some of the challenges but take them on and look ahead.
Mending your life
Considering the circumstances, it benefits you to remain as optimistic as possible. Yes, expect difficulties. However, by accepting what happened to you and learning to overcome the challenges from losing a limb, you are on your way to mending your life and forging your future.