There are dozens of different ways a person can end up facing amputation of a limb. Some of the most common include workplace accidents, systemic infections, car accidents and product malfunctions. Whenever one of these events occurs and amputation results, it is only natural that the person who faces losing a limb question the events that led to their injury or illness.
Accidents that require amputation are devastating, and living with amputation can be extremely difficult. Most injuries and illnesses do not leave a person permanently disabled, but amputation often does. The difficulty adjusting to life without the use of a limb can be completely overwhelming. Common difficulties faced by people who have undergone an amputation include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Phantom limb pain
- The need for vocational rehabilitation and physical therapy
One of the many ways amputation occurs is through an accident using a power tool or other equipment. Product defect is not uncommon and manufacturers perform many tests to ensure accidents do not happen. However, even the most careful of users can wind up with a life-threatening injury such as:
- Lacerations from table saws and power sanders
- Puncture wounds from drills and nail guns
- Burns, including electrical burns, from power tools with motors
If you or someone you love has lost a limb due to a product defect, it can be difficult to know where to begin the path to recovery. The first thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney who can evaluate your case and help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.