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What’s the Difference Between Dismemberment and Amputation?

Dismemberment and Amputation are Both Catastrophic Injuries

Losing a limb is a devastating and traumatic experience, and no matter how it happens, survivors are faced with lifelong physical and emotional challenges. There are two ways limb loss can occur: by dismemberment or amputation. Here’s the difference between each.


The main difference between amputation and dismemberment is that amputation is a surgical procedure for removing extremities or part of an extremity, such as an arm, leg, foot, hand, toe, or finger. Approximately 1.8 million people live with amputations in the U.S. There are many reasons why amputation is necessary. The following are some examples:

  • Severe injury from a motor vehicle accident
  • Burn injuries
  • Cancerous tumors
  • Severe infections that do not resolve with medications
  • Neuroma (thickening of nerve tissue)
  • Frostbite


Dismemberment happens when a person is involved in a catastrophic accident that causes the loss of a limb. Dismemberment can occur through the following types of accidents:

  • Car accidents
  • Heavy equipment accidents
  • Tool accidents

The industrial and construction industries have strict regulations regarding safety due to the increased risk of dismemberment while working with dangerous machines and tools.

Sustained a Catastrophic Injury? Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. For Help.

Catastrophic injuries are life-altering, and the healing process can be long and challenging to endure. Not only can it be physically and emotionally taxing, but the ongoing medical care, treatments, and therapies can also put financial burdens on you and your family.

If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Insurance companies are notorious for giving pushback on settlements and try to get away with less than experienced personal injury lawyers are here to guide you every step of the way. We are in your corner and will work tirelessly to hold the negligent parties accountable for causing your injury and secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. today at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can assist you.