Motor vehicle accidents are common occurrences on roadways in Illinois. In fact, according to state data, there has been an average of more than 300,000 crashes in the Land of Lincoln in recent years. While most car accidents are minor, many others are quite serious. 

In any collision, you may sustain a variety of injuries, ranging from broken bones to organ damage. If your arms or legs suffer trauma, though, doctors may have to amputate. Regrettably, amputations can have many life-limiting consequences. Here are four of them: 

  1. Recovery

Amputation involves the surgical removal of a part of the body. If doctors remove your arms or legs, you are apt to face a long road to recovery. Following surgery, your body may take weeks to heal. Then, you likely must go through extensive rehabilitation. Even worse, you may develop complications, such as an infection, sores or depression. 

  1. Mobility

If you lose a limb after an automobile accident, you may have mobility challenges. This is true whether doctors amputate arms or legs. Fortunately, physical therapists and rehabilitation professionals can likely recommend accommodative exercises or equipment to help you manage. 

  1. Employment

Whether you work in an office, warehouse, construction area or somewhere else, you likely use your limbs to perform essential job tasks. If so, you may lose your job following an amputation. Unfortunately, you may also experience difficulties finding alternative employment. 

  1. Recreation

For many Illinois residents, sports, exercise and hobbies make life worth living. If your pursuits require physical acuity, an amputation may place them out of reach. Of course, if you figure out how to continue to participate in recreational endeavors, you may have to redefine your goals. 

If you were in a car accident that left you with an amputation, your life may never be the same. Fortunately, you likely do not have to merely accept your situation. On the contrary, if someone’s negligent, reckless or intentional conduct caused your injuries, you may be able to pursue the sort of compensation that allows you to cope with a new way of life.