I recently lost my leg in an automobile accident. What can I expect as a new amputee?

I am so sorry to hear about your amputation. Amputations under any circumstances can be devastating, but to lose your limb so unexpectedly in an accident can be especially difficult. It’s important to obtain as much help as you can during this difficult time, both from experts as well as friends and neighbors.

As a new amputee, you can expect that your residual limb will begin healing after surgery. You will most likely do physical therapy as soon as possible after the amputation. You will want to desensitize your residual limb, which your doctor and/or physical therapist can educate you on. You will also meet with your prosthetist, who will help you with your prosthesis. When choosing a prosthetist, you should try hard to find someone you are comfortable with. You will be spending a great deal of time with the prosthetist during your first few months as an amputee.

After your incision has healed, you will meet with your prosthetist to begin working on your prosthesis. After the initial prosthesis is made, you will begin your physical therapy. You will likely see your physical therapist several times a week at first. Your physical therapist will help ensure that you develop good habits while using your prosthesis.

In addition to all of the medical issues you will be facing as a new amputee, you can expect some serious emotional issues as well. New amputees can benefit a great deal from counseling. Life as an amputee will become easier, but it takes time.

If you have lost your limb in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Although you may be overwhelmed right now with adjusting to life as an amputee, you cannot wait too long to pursue a legal case against a negligent driver. Evidence may disappear and time limitations apply. Call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Lawyer, at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case. I am not only a personal injury attorney, but I’m also an amputee.