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Fairfield Teen  Survives I-80 Crash

I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield car accident lawyer. A North Bay teenager is still in the process of recovery nearly a month after she was traumatically injured in a car crash on highway Interstate I-80 during a rainstorm. After spending weeks in the hospital, she was recently released to go home.

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Limb Loss Injuries

Limb Loss Injuries

Limb Loss Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento amputation injury lawyer. The unexpected loss of a leg, arm, foot or hand is a traumatic experience that will forever change your life. Every year in California hundreds of people lose a limb or other appendage. Some amputations, like losing a fingertip through a workplace injury, can cause terrible discomfort, bleeding and inconvenience. In time, people who lose toes and fingers can learn to adapt in its absence and their life generally does not change that much. Other amputations, such as losing a leg or an arm in an auto accident, usually leads to significant trauma, shock, blood loss, infection and sometimes even death. Sadly, the loss of a limb completely changes the life of the victim. Major accommodations will need to be made to the person’s home and work environment. They may even have to change the type of job they do depending on their occupation. Most of these catastrophic injuries are permanent and cause significant changes to the life of the victim and their family members.

Innovative Prosthetic Surgery

Innovative Prosthetic Surgery

Innovative Prosthetic Surgery

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento amputation injury attorney. An orthopedic surgeon said last month that he would be the first in Southern California to perform an innovative prosthetic surgical technique. Daniel C. Allison, MD is set to perform a bone anchored (osteointegrated) prosthesis surgery on a police officer with an above-the-knee amputation, OrthoSpineNews wrote.

Amputation Injuries: Honda Walking Assist Device

Honda Walking Assist Device

Amputation Injuries: Honda Walking Assist Device

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Amputation Injury Attorney. I’d like to talk to you today about the Honda Walking Assist Device and how this robotic product is helping many folks move from total disability to life-changing mobility. This is great news for those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to a serious accident.

Boy Suffers Amputation Injuries From Illegal Fireworks

Boy Suffers Amputation Injuries From Illegal Fireworks

Boy Suffers Amputation Injuries From Illegal Fireworks

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Amputation Injury Lawyer. An 11-year-old boy had part of his hand amputated by an explosion from a firework in a Carmichael parking lot, officials said.

phantomThere is often residual pain after surgical amputation.  Some of the most common reasons for an amputation are: trauma, such as vehicle accidents or combat injuries, and complications from diabetes or vascular disease.  In most cases involving non-amputation surgery, patients have some post-surgical pain which is a normal part of the healing process.  The pain usually lessens as tissues repair themselves.  In cases of surgical amputation, however, the decrease of pain may not be the case.  Certainly there is the typical reduction in acute post-surgical pain, but amputees often continue to experience lingering sensations.  Those sensations may be painful, but they aren’t always.  Some patients simply describe the sensations as annoying and strange.

There are different types of sensations reported by amputees.  Each may be treated in a different manner.  It is important for a patient to describe the sensations to his or her doctor in order to get the most beneficial medication or therapy.

PHANTOM PAIN

Finding Life’s Purpose After Catastrophic Injury
Finding Life’s Purpose After Catastrophic Injury

If you are reading this, you or someone you know may have suffered a traumatic and/or catastrophic injury.

We hope you will find courage and inspiration as you read about Stephanie Decker in the story and video link that follows.

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Post amputation of a limb,  the human brain may create a neuromatrix.  This neuromatrix  in the brain can  cause the person who lost their limb to experience ‘phantom limbs.’ Like the movie franchised Matrix films, the brain is only perceiving the ‘phantom limb’ and/or any  pain and sensations they believe to be coming from where their lost limb was.

 This phenomena is still not completely understood. Nonetheless, it is real and is evidenced in hundreds of thousands of amputees.

For some, the ‘phantom limb’ not only feels sensations and pains at the site of the lost limb but the ‘phantom limb’ can feel so real that a person may actually try to stand or walk on a ‘phantom leg.’

Support groups have flourished over the years including for limb loss injury victims. Support groups provide many benefits for individuals and have become an integral part of rehabilitation for many people coping with an injury including amputees. Support groups provide vital information about how to cope with a particular illness or injury and provides invaluable emotional support.

Limb loss presents a myriad of physical and emotional challenges for the amputee as well as his or her family and friends.  A support group provides a compassionate setting for members to share what he or she is going through with others in a similar situation. Finding a support group in the area you live is the first step in getting the support you need.  According to the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) there are approximately 260 support groups for amputees across the United States. Information and a member directory can be found here.

Most members of support groups for amputees are women and medical professionals such as physicians, physical therapists and prosthetists also attend.