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Traumatic amputation leaves more than just physical wounds

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | Loss Of Limb/Amputation Injuries, Serious Injuries And Wrongful Death

Workplace accidents can cause life-changing injuries. Extreme incidents may lead to the traumatic amputation of limbs.

These sorts of injuries could leave an amputee with lifelong physical trauma. It can also affect their mental health and their career plans in Texas. This is why your support is crucial in helping a loved one who is dealing with a devastating injury bounce back from an accident.

Amputees face more than just physical handicaps

Data from Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that 41% of amputation survivors risk developing severe mental problems such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Anxiety

It is also possible that physical handicaps from amputation can get in the way of how they earn a living and their performance at work. This could compound the negative emotions they may be feeling.

Support is essential

Knowing the challenges that amputees face, you may wonder how you can help them. These gestures can be beneficial to the well-being of an amputee:

  • Talk to them: One straightforward way to offer support is to communicate with your loved one. By learning how they feel about their situation, you give them the opportunity to grieve their loss and find out how you can help.
  • Be respectful: It is important to treat amputees with the respect and dignity afforded to any person. Avoid patronizing them through phrases that may be condescending such as “You are so brave,” or “You are an inspiration.”
  • Step back: While it may be tempting to be there for them at every minute of every day, communicate with them so you can understand their boundaries and know when to take a step back. This can give them the experience that they need to grow and adapt to their situation.

A sudden traumatic amputation can be life-changing. But with the proper help and support it does not have to be life-ending.

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