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Common Causes of Limb Loss

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017    

With 50,000 new amputations taking place in the U.S. every year, limb loss is an unfortunately common occurrence according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Limb loss can occur for a variety of reasons, but if the limb is amputated properly, amputees can go on to live happy, fulfilling, and independent lives. Although limb loss can result from a variety of situations, a few of the most common causes of limb loss include:

  1. Diabetes: Toes, feet, and legs are the most common limbs to be amputated because of diabetes. Monitoring your blood sugar levels and taking insulin are the best ways to control diabetes and prevent amputation. Sometimes diabetes can lead to peripheral artery disease, which may reduce blood flow to your feet and legs, additionally causing nerve damage that can cause you not to feel pain in the affected area. If you cannot feel pain, you may not notice a wound or ulcer that can result in tissue damage and other infections, which may require amputation.
  2. Trauma: Trauma to limbs from a variety of accidents may also necessitate amputation. Common traumas that result in amputation are power tool accidents, car accidents, factory and construction accidents, and electrocution. In some cases, reattachment of the limb is possible, but this possibility depends on how the limb was cut and the state of the severed limb.
  3. Infections: Another leading cause of amputations is infections. Infections can occur for a variety of reasons and may be the complications from surgeries or other procedures. Doctors will take many steps to try to stop the infection first, usually by using antibiotics. If the infection does not go away, however, it may cause tissue to die and amputation may be necessary.

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If you or a loved one has lost a limb because of the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation to make up for the losses you have suffered, and McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm is here to help. In many cases, such as in workplace accidents or in cases of medical malpractice, limb loss should never have occurred. Whatever the reason for your wrongful amputation, you should not have to suffer without compensation, and our legal team is dedicated to fighting for the full compensation our clients deserve. If you have any questions or want to speak to one of our experienced Fort Smith personal injury attorneys, please contact us at (479) 783-0036 today.