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How to Recover After an Amputation Vancouver, British Columbia

Sometimes accidents have severe consequences. You may have to purchase a specially equipped new car, or you may sustain serious injuries that keep you in the hospital. But sometimes accident victims face even more severe consequences like amputation.

If another person's actions of negligence made you an amputee, you deserve legal and financial recompense. However, you also deserve a physical and mental recovery. As serious as an amputation is, you shouldn't let it ruin your chances of happiness for the rest of your life. Conquer your injury by using the tips below.

Physical Recovery

You'll have to overcome many physical challenges after an amputation, including pain, phantom sensations, loss of movement, and loss of independence. Luckily, modern medicine has provided solutions to these challenges, including:

  • Medications to mask pain (including phantom pain) and speed healing
  • Compression shrinker socks to reduce swelling and phantom pain
  • Prosthetic limbs to replace the ones you lost
  • Physical therapy to overcome motor difficulties after the amputation

Many people can return to their normal lives after an amputation thanks to prosthetics and physical therapy. They often learn to walk or grasp almost as naturally as they did before, so many go back to work and resume normal activities. They may even discover hidden talents as they use creativity to get around new limitations.

However, sometimes the severity of the amputation may keep you from using a prosthetic. When you have a prosthetic, your body has to exert more energy to move normally because you have less muscle and bone to work with. So if using more energy could exacerbate an existing condition (like heart disease), your doctor probably won't give you a functional prosthetic. You'll likely receive a cosmetic, but nonfunctioning prosthetic limb instead.

Mental Recovery

Disfigurement, phantom sensations, and motor difficulties may have an effect on the mind as well. After all, you will carry this injury for the rest of your life. Many people who go through an amputation seek emotional therapy afterwards. Therapy helps these individuals cope with their losses.

Even if you don't think you need therapy, you should still consider getting it if you experience any of the following emotions:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Isolation

A therapist can help you overcome these emotions, come to terms with your injury, and rediscover what you love about life. He or she will also help you find purpose and meaning so that you can grow and become an even more powerful person.

Communication also helps with a mental recovery. Be open with your friends and family and let them know what you want to do for yourself and what you need help with. Do not feel embarrassed or frustrated about needing help—you'll regain more and more independence as time goes on.

Financial/Legal Recovery

Unfortunately, the actual amputation procedure, the healing process, the medications, and the therapy will cost you a lot of money. You might also lose wages while you recover, or, depending on the severity of your injury, you may lose the ability to work ever again.

You lose a lot when another person's recklessness or negligence costs you a hand, a foot, a limb, or multiple limbs. Don't put up with the consequences of this other person's misdeeds. Call us at Kenneth Cristall Law so we can get fair and appropriate compensation for you.

Compensation often covers losses like:

  • Cost of medical treatment, including medications
  • Cost of continuing care
  • Cost of therapy, including physical therapy and emotional therapy
  • Cost of prosthetics and changes to your home
  • Lost wages (could even apply to wages you would have earned in the future)
  • Legal fees
  • Emotional or physical trauma
  • Damage to your car or other belongings

Compensation may not make up for everything you have lost, but it can help you find closure in this difficult time. You will get the money you need to pay off your debts and pay your lawyer. However, with Kenneth Cristall Law you should not worry too much about legal fees. Our lawyers will not charge you until we recover your compensation.

Don't let another person's choices conquer you. Even with an amputation, you can still find many ways to grow, develop, and enjoy life. Take back your life and begin your road to recovery by using these tips today.

For more information on amputation in Vancouver, British Columbia, call Kenneth Cristall today.

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