As Clay County, MO auto accident lawyers, we see many injuries. Serious injuries can have strong psychological effects on injury victims. It is not uncommon for accident victims to suffer depression and anxiety after a serious injury. However, of all Missouri car accident injuries, amputations may cause the most emotional trauma.

When a limb is lost in a Clay County traffic accident, the family of the amputee may feel grateful that their loved one survived the Missouri car crash. But, the victim may experience sadness, depression, anxiety, anger, and even grief. In fact, amputees often go through a grieving process for their lost limb.

The emotions that accompany the loss of a limb are similar to those experienced after the loss of a loved one. The accident victim may find it difficult to acknowledge the loss and may avoid all reminders of the limb or the accident. In other cases, the accident victim may become fixated on the limb. The victim may even continue to physically feel sensations where the limb once was. There may even be pain in the phantom limb.

Physicians believe that many of the psychological effects of amputations are related to the accident victim's own body image. The victim may see herself as less than a person because there are missing parts. The loss of a limb truly is a life-changing injury and it takes time to accept such a change.

Over time, most accident victims are able to come to term with their loss. However, some accident victims may become withdrawn or even suicidal. If your loved one shows any of the following signs of clinical depression, consider seeking help.


  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Change in eating habits
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Use of alcohol or drugs to cope


Seeking accountability from the reckless driver who caused the injury can be a first step towards emotional recovery. If you or a loved one has lost a limb in a Clay County car crash, you may have legal grounds to seek monetary compensation. You may be eligible for a variety of damages including payment for your medical bills, physical therapy and rehabilitation, counseling, prosthetic devices, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and any loss of income due to the accident. 

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.