According to the Amputee Coalition, 1.9 million US citizens are living with a loss of limb, and roughly 507 people lose a limb every day. That equates to roughly 185,000 amputations per year.

If you have had an amputation due to a motorcycle accident, it’s important for you to get the best care possible so that you can recover and adjust to your new circumstances. Proving that someone else was at fault for your accident will ensure you can afford any necessary medical treatments and recoup any accident-related expenses you have had or may have in the future. A Salt Lake City motorcycle accident amputation lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help you with this process, from start to finish.


Post-Accident Care

A profound number of motorcyclists have lost limbs, fingers, and toes because a negligent driver or adverse road conditions caused them to crash or spill. Crushed legs are common, both above and below the knee, due to the impact of the crash or the weight of the bike falling upon the rider.

Some of these limbs are severed during the crash, while others are damaged so severely that they need to be amputated, leaving victims struggling to keep their mental outlook healthy while they deal with the tremendous psychological strain and physical limitations of their new reality.


Physicians and Therapists for Motorcycle Accident Amputees

In addition to the amputating surgeon, you may need the care of specialist doctors such as internists, physiatrists, prosthetists, and orthotists.

Physical and occupational therapists will be essential to helping you adjust to your new life, and these treatments are often ongoing. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not uncommon after a motorcycle accident that required an amputation, and other overwhelming emotions may cause you to seek a psychologist to help you cope.

The care provided by these professions comes with substantial expenses. You may also need to purchase a prosthetic limb and other rehabilitative devices or add ramps and rails to your home. If someone else caused your motorcycle wreck, you shouldn’t have to cover these expenses yourself, and we’ll fight to make sure the at-fault party compensates you for what you’ve gone through.

Support groups and counseling can also help tremendously when you need the company of people who have gone through similar experiences and who have successfully adapted to a loss of limb. Some amputees eventually even feel well enough to get back on the road.


Medications for Motorcycle Accident Amputations

In addition to anti-infection medications, managing post-amputation pain will be a vital part of your recovery. Some amputees require anticonvulsants, opioids like morphine or codeine, anesthetics, corticosteroids, and antidepressants to cope with a loss of limb.

You may also need to contend with a number of other complications and challenges:

  • Blood clots
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Therapy
  • Additional surgery
  • Infection
  • Joint deformity
  • Tissue death
  • Hematoma
  • Fever


How a Salt Lake City Motorcycle Crash Attorney Can Help

If you suffered a limb amputation in a motorcycle accident, personal injury law allows you to seek compensation from the person or entity that caused the damage. In addition to medical costs, compensation may be sought for lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, grief, anxiety, and more.

Craig Swapp & Associates has extensive experience with motorcycle accidents and knows the profound level of support and ongoing care you will need. We are skilled in negotiating with insurance companies to get the most compensation possible for your medical and other crash-related expenses. Call us today for free at 1-800-404-9000 or complete our online form below to have someone from our office contact you.