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Has a traumatic amputation changed your life?

Serious car accidents can take a tremendous toll on a person's life. Your day may have started out like any other, only to turn into one that was completely life-changing. That day, you did not make it to your intended destination. Instead, another person caused a serious crash that left you less than whole.

Traumatic amputations are a type of severe injury that can happen in car accidents. Unfortunately for you, this is the type of injury that you suffered. At first, you may have felt in shock and disbelief that a physical part of you was missing, and now, you must learn to contend with life without it.

Effects of amputation

Losing a limb obviously has physical effects on a person, but you may also experience various emotional and psychological effects. Some issues that you may find yourself struggling with recently include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Body image issues

You may even go through the five stages of grief often associated with a serious loss. You may have denied that the injury occurred or that you would have to lose your limb. You may have felt angry at the person who caused the accident, at yourself or at medical professionals who could not save your limb. You may have attempted bargaining in hopes of achieving some miraculous outcome, and it is likely that you felt depressed over your situation in general.

Living with your injury

The fifth stage of grief is acceptance, and it may take you a long time to reach that point after your injury-causing accident. It may help you to find copy mechanisms that could effectively allow you to think of positive ways you can still live your life despite your amputation. You will likely also need to go through various types of physical therapy and other medical procedures to ensure that you learn about important matters that will now affect your life.

Understandably, losing a limb in a traumatic accident can leave you feeling worried about finances and your life in general. If someone else caused the accident that led to this severe injury, you may have reason to take legal action against that person. A personal injury claim could allow you to seek compensation for damages resulting from the accident permitted under Georgia state law.

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