Open Tibia Fractures: When Sarasota Truck Accidents Lead to Amputations
Damian Mallard, Esq.
Trucking accidents that involve small passenger cars can be very violent due to the large size and weight of the truck involved. When forceful truck accidents in Sarasota occur, open tibia fractures could be the result.
Although open tibial fractures are common injuries that occur in traffic accidents, they are very serious injuries due to the open wound through the skin, allowing the bone to protrude and be exposed. When this happens, the tibia bone is at great risk for infection. Unfortunately, some tibia fractures result in amputation.
Amputation occurs in relation to open tibia fractures when:
- The tibial fracture cannot be treated through surgery or fixation
- There is lack of circulation in the leg
- The soft tissue is beyond repair
- Patients suffer vascular injuries, such as crush injuries
- Patients have too much blood loss due to excessive bleeding from artery damage
Sometimes amputation following a violent truck accident is immediate due to the amount of blood loss suffered by the victim, or if infection already occurred and sent bacteria into the system. Amputation occurs to restore circulation, relieve shock, avoid tissue necrosis, and save the victim’s life.
However, when victims of Sarasota truck accidents have to undergo amputation, their lives are forever transformed. They may not be able to drive, work, or even take care of themselves. Additionally, they will have to deal with the reality of their new body, which can cause emotional and mental anguish. Victims who have suffered amputation injuries deserve justice and just compensation. If you or a loved one suffered due to a negligent truck driver, call a Sarasota accident attorney at the Mallard Law Firm at 888-409-3805 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
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