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How can an amputation affect your mental health?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Losing a limb can drastically affect your life, especially if the amputation was not planned for. Without the physical and mental preparedness, an amputation can have lasting psychological effects, which could lower your quality of life.

It may be hard to adjust to a new life and way of doing things. In addition, such an injury can derail your career and some of your life goals, further worsening your already fragile mental state.

The psychological effects of an amputation

The psychological impact of amputations on mental health has long been documented. For instance, victims of traumatic amputations from a crash tend to develop trauma, panic or anxiety disorders from memories of the accident. Depending on their severity, they can interfere with everyday life. The uncertainty of life ahead can also affect your mental well-being.

In addition, a sudden change in cosmetic appearance can also affect someone’s self-esteem. You may be concerned about how other people will react or view you. You may even start being withdrawn and secluding yourself because of the amputation.

The social impact of an amputation can also bear down on you mentally. You may no longer engage in your hobbies and certain activities you used to enjoy with family or friends. As a result, some relationships may break down or deteriorate.

Getting compensation for such damages

If you lost a limb because of the negligence of another person, you ought to be compensated for your injuries and losses. Part of the non-economic damages you may be entitled to include the psychological effects arising from the amputation.

However, like with all other damages, you have to prove them to claim them. Knowing how you will navigate your claim and show these damages is crucial in ensuring you get the settlement you deserve.