Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries that affect victims for the rest of their lives. Feet, hands, legs and arms can get trapped beneath the bike and suffer irreparable damage; and the force from a crash can throw a rider from a motorcycle and shatter bones beyond repair, resulting in the amputation of limbs.
After a loss of limb injury, the physical and emotional trauma can be overwhelming, and learning how to live life with missing limbs can be extremely difficult. The experienced attorneys at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad have handled thousands of motorcycle accident cases and have helped clients receive just compensation for their damages so they can recover without having to worry about ongoing medical treatment and a secure financial future.
Surgery and Rehabilitation
When someone has lost a limb in a motorcycle accident, he or she often has to undergo one or more invasive and costly surgeries for amputation and repair of the remaining area.
Rehabilitation typically begins in the hospital shortly after surgery. Depending on your lifestyle and the severity of your injuries, your rehabilitation program will be tailored to your specific needs. Physical and occupational therapy will help you learn how to perform daily activities such as walking and dressing with a missing leg or arm. For several weeks, your residual limb will continue to heal and scar tissue will form. During this time the area most likely be tender and swollen, so you will not receive a permanent prosthetic device until healing is almost complete.
Modern technology has made amazing strides in the area of prosthetic devices and appliances. There are now prosthetics that offer improved gripping power, control, flexibility, and range of motion. These types of complex devices can be quite costly and may require some time to get used to, but are worth the sense of self-sufficiency and freedom they provide. Prosthetic devices must be maintained, repaired, and when they eventually wear out, replaced.
Damages for Loss Of Limb
No two cases are alike; and there is no set method for calculating the amount of compensation the victim of a motorcycle accident should recover. You may be able to receive compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Long-term rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Psychological counseling and therapy
- Past and future earnings
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
- Loss of companionship and consortium
Contact A Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Although loss of limb injuries can result in dramatic changes for you and your family, it is possible to live an enjoyable and fulfilling life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad can help. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us at one of our Lehigh Valley offices today.