Auto accidents are a very common cause of amputation. The force involved in a collision may damage a limb beyond repair, making amputation necessary. Emergency care physicians will do everything possible to save the limb, but the tough decision to amputate often is made with the overall well being and health of the individual in mind.

The most common amputations associated with car accidents are amputation of the arm, the entire leg, or a below-knee amputation. Though vascular disease is the leading cause of amputation in the United States, trauma (which includes injuries from car accidents) is the second leading cause of amputation. Even with the numerous advances in medical science, tens of thousands of people each year have a limb amputated.

Losing a limb is a life-altering experience. People who experience losing a limb worry about how they will manage without it. They are often concerned about the future and afraid of what is to come. Amputation often involves numerous physical and psychological complications. All of these problems added together usually mean a very large financial commitment to improving one’s quality of life. However, in most cases, people who recently lost a limb do not have the financial means to cover all of their expenses.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident that required amputation, you may be entitled to compensation. You may receive financial compensation for numerous damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Loss of quality of life


If you or a loved one has lost a limb as the result of an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation from any at-fault parties. By contacting an auto accident attorney, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected. The law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates handles these cases on a regular basis. Remember, there is no fee unless you receive an award or an auto accident settlement. Call us today at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.