There are many joys and practical reasons why people ride motorcycles. It’s fun to be on the open road. There’s pleasure in the craftmanship of the motorcycle. Motorcycles are much less expensive than cars. You pay less for fuel. But, there are dangers too. Motorcycles offer little protection to riders.
When a motorcycle accident happens in Alabama, riders are likely to be thrown onto the hard asphalt or fly into oncoming vehicles. Fatalities are common and catastrophic injuries are the norm. Legs caught in the bike or arms subject to twists and extreme physical forces may require amputation.
Amputation is the loss of any extremity or body part. The parts of the body that may require amputation after a motorcycle crash include:
It’s critical to contact emergency medical personnel as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. They can take initial steps to maximize the health of the limb and to treat the victim’s pain. Victims should be taken to the nearest emergency room or trauma center.
In some cases, just part of the limb may require amputation. In others, the whole limb, appendage, or body part may need to be surgically cleaned and removed. In some cases, the body part can be reattached or the body part can be repaired. In rare cases, transplant surgery may be possible.
What is the recovery process for an amputation due to a motorcycle accident?
After experiencing limb loss or amputation, a patient may need a variety of treatments. The success of these treatments can vary depending on the body part, the exact location of the amputation which affects the ability to use a prosthetic device, the type of amputation, the victim’s overall health, and the support of the victim’s family. Infections and gangrene are also common amputation concerns.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the fundamental goal of the amputation rehab process is to help the motorcycle accident victim regain as much function and as much independence as possible. Treatment of the emotional and social development of the victim is just as critical as the physical care the victim needs.
- Helping the wound heal
- Physical therapy to help the victim regain motor skills and the ability to perform normal daily functions
- Physical therapy to maximize the victim’s strength, control, and endurance
- Fitting the victim for a prosthesis (an artificial limb)
- Helping the victim understand how to use the prosthesis
- Helping the victim use any assistive devices such as a cane, wheelchair, or assistive technology
- Managing the victim’s pain including phantom pain (a sensation of pain that occurs below the level of the amputation)
- Providing nutritional counseling
- Helping the victim prepare the home for mobility, safety, and accessibility
- Working with the victim’s family so they can help the victim
Motorcycle accident victims also need to work with many different types of health care providers, including:
- Orthopedic surgeons, pain management doctors, internists, and physiatrists
- Physical, occupational, vocational, and recreational therapists
- Psychologists and mental health counselors
- Social workers and case managers
What damages are allowed in motorcycle accident cases?
Skilled motorcycle crash lawyers understand all the short-term and long-term costs needed to live with an amputation injury. Victims are entitled to be compensated for the following damages:
- Medical bills. The cost of the surgeries, physician visits, therapy, and other treatments can be quite expensive, especially since victims often need to see their health care providers multiple times. Prostheses also wear down with time, so victims need to pay for the initial device and replacements.
- Pain and suffering. The physical pain and emotional suffering of a motorcycle amputation victim can be unbearable at times and may last a lifetime. These damages include changes in your quality of life.
- Income loss. Victims often lose wages during their rehabilitation and may never be able to work again.
- Property damage. You’re entitled to compensation for the cost to repair or replace your motorcycle.
- Scarring and disfigurement. Amputation victims are entitled to additional damages due to the loss of any body part.
You may also be entitled to punitive damages if the conduct of the person who struck you was especially reckless or acted with malice. In Alabama, punitive damages are capped.
At Mezrano Law Firm, our lawyers understand how life-changing an amputation is. We demand compensation from all responsible parties. Our lawyers have a strong track record of successfully settling cases and trying personal injury cases before juries. Call us at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Montgomery, Florence, and Gadsden.