Three Challenges You Face After an Amputation
Amputations are life-changing occurrences that can permanently alter the way a person functions in the world. Amputees must endure surgery, rehabilitation, and a considerable amount of pain in the amputation process and also must work through a number of challenges in their everyday lives after their physical recovery. A few of these challenges include:
- Relearning how to perform everyday tasks: After an amputation, many find that they can no longer perform everyday tasks like cooking, driving, and even walking or grasping objects with the same ease or ability as they were able before their amputation. Amputees must relearn how to function without at least one limb, or possibly with new prosthetics, and discover new ways to perform necessary tasks in a way that caters to their new physical abilities. This is often a frustrating process, especially for new amputees, but with time and patience, most find that they can do most of what they were able before their amputation, although it may take a little more time and creativity.
- Dealing with the psychological consequences of an amputation: There are often a number of psychological consequences that victims suffer after an amputation, either from the loss of limb itself or from an accident that caused the amputation. Many new amputees have trouble adjusting to their new appearance and physical functionality and may become anxious or depressed following their amputation. Others suffer from PTSD from the accident that caused their limb loss. These psychological issues can be debilitating and dangerous without proper treatment. Many amputees must go to counseling to work through these issues and help them return to a happy and functioning life.
- Rediscovering your own independence while learning when to accept help: Many new amputees may feel that they have lost their autonomy after their amputation and find that they require routine help to do things they were used to doing on their own before their amputation. Over time, amputees relearn to do everyday tasks with their disability and reclaim their independence in the process. However, sometimes additional help may be needed in certain situations, and many amputees find that can still accept occasional help without sacrificing their newfound autonomy.
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation from an accident, you may be entitled to compensation to make up for the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you have suffered as a result. Amputations are life-altering incidents that can destroy victim’s health, their autonomy, and their finances, and no victim should have to endure these injustices without the necessary compensation they deserve. If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our qualified Toronto Amputation attorneys, please contact Mazin & Associates, PC at (416) 250-1234 today.