Vehicle crashes can lead to many injuries. One of the worst outcomes would be losing a limb.
If you were to lose a limb, it would obviously affect your ability to do many things. For example, losing a leg will make walking, swimming, driving or even standing at the kitchen counter much harder. You may need to spend thousands on rehabilitation and an artificial limb to enable you to get around unaided. Even then, your mobility won’t be quite the same as before.
What you might underestimate is just how much an amputation can affect you in other ways. Here are some to consider:
#1. Your ability to earn enough to support yourself and your family
Not only will you incur massive medical costs if you lose a limb. You will also face a reduced ability to bring in money. While you might get back to your old earning levels eventually, you will certainly lose some work time while you recover.
Depending on what limb you lose and what job you do, you may also need to seek a new career or purchase expensive adaptations to help you do your old role.
#2. Your mental and emotional health
Some people may come to terms with their new selves relatively quickly. Others may never do. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress syndrome are all common among amputees.
#3. Your relationships
While some friends and family will support you forever, others may find it all too much.
If you lose a limb in a car crash someone else caused, it’s crucial you consider the full cost. Getting legal help to assess that will be crucial to getting a settlement that covers it.