Sometimes, during a car accident, a limb is severed during the impact. This is a traumatic injury which is referred to as an amputation injury or a traumatic amputation. Another traumatic amputation is when removal of the limb is necessary for survival or to remove the individual from further injury.

The most common traumatic amputation is an upper limb amputation. The most common types of upper limb amputations are:

  • Forequarter amputation
  • Shoulder disarticulation
  • Transhumeral (above elbow)
  • Transradial (below elbow)
  • Wrist disarticulation

In car accidents, arm amputation injuries are generally caused by crush injuries or guillotine injuries. A crush injury (aka avulsion injury) is when the limb, bone, and/or tissue is crushed. A guillotine injury (aka sharp amputation) is when something sharp severs the limb.

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After a vehicle accident, emergency medical technicians will typically tend to patients airway and breathing and ensure they are in stabile condition. Often, their next priority is the limb and preserving it in case replantation is an option. If a limb is completely detatched it will often be placed in an iced saline batch but not cooled enough to freeze.

I represent victims of car accidents in Los Angeles. Feel free to visit my comprehensive page Los Angeles Amputation Injury Lawyer to find out more about getting compensation for arm amputations. While no amount is ever enough, compensation usually includes coverage for:

  • medical expenses, training, and prosthetics
  • lost wages, job retraining, and occupational therapy
  • impacted quality of life
  • psychological therapy
  • pain and suffering