An amputation is one of the most traumatic injuries that a person can sustain. Unfortunately, a person’s pain and suffering doesn’t necessarily end after receiving treatment. The reality is that many amputees suffer from crippling phantom pains for years to come.
It is possible for accident victims to recover compensation for amputation-related injuries, including phantom pain, so if you were hurt in an accident through no fault of your own, it is important to contact an experienced Miami amputation lawyer, who can help you seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and disability.
What is Phantom Pain?
Phantom pain is a type of pain that feels as though it is coming from an amputated limb. It often takes the form of cramping, a pins and needles feeling, or a sense of throbbing or burning, which could be continuous, or intermittent. In many cases, the problem resolves itself over time, while in others, a person could suffer from phantom pain for years after the amputation. The causes of phantom pain aren’t completely understood, although many experts believe that it is the result of mixed signals in the brain and spinal cord as they try to recalibrate after the loss of a limb. The physical memory of pre-amputation pain, as well as damage to the nerve endings, and the growth of scar tissue, are also thought to contribute to phantom pain.
Many amputees who suffer from phantom pain experience reduced quality of life, not only because of the physical and mental toll of dealing with chronic pain, but also due to the:
- Impairment of daily activities; and
- Increased anxiety and depression.
The severe repercussions of phantom pain make it especially important for injured parties to obtain treatment as soon as possible after their accidents.
Treating Phantom Pain
Phantom pain often resolves itself over time. When this doesn’t occur, however, an amputee could find him or herself struggling with pain management. Most treatment begins with the use of medications, such as anticonvulsants, over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics, or antidepressants, although some patients also utilize injections and implanted devices. Acupuncture and other non-invasive therapies, like spinal cord stimulation, or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation are also often attempted, with surgery as a last resort.
Dedicated Miami Amputation Lawyers
The loss of a limb can have devastating, life-alternating consequences for victims. Often, injured parties find themselves with mounting medical debt, as well as permanent disability, have a hard time obtaining employment, and experience reduced quality of life. Suffering from phantom pain on top of this can make an already challenging situation, totally untenable. Individuals who find themselves in this situation can and should seek compensation from the person who caused their accident. To learn more about your recovery options following an accident-related amputation, please call the dedicated Miami amputation lawyers at Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP today. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 305-371-2692. You can also reach a member of our legal team via online message.