Accidents which result in the amputation or loss of a limb can create life-altering circumstances not just for the victim, but for their family and loved ones, as well. When this type of injury happens because of the negligence of another, it amplifies the feelings of loss and despair.
Amputation and loss of limb cases can be caused by a variety of illnesses or accidents, but are most typically caused by serious car accidents, motorcycle accidents, or pedestrian accidents. Many amputees experience a phenomenon known as “phantom limb sensations,” and some even experience pain where their limb used to be. Psychological trauma often accompanies phantom limb sensations.
Several additional complications can result from a radical amputation procedure, including:
If proper care is taken of the stump and injured limb immediately following the accident, sometimes a severed limb can be reattached after accidental amputation. Moderate success has been achieved with replantation techniques, however, incomplete nerve regeneration continues to be a serious limiting factor in this type of treatment. In many instances, traumatic amputees have better results with a well-fitting and functional prosthesis than with a non-functional replanted limb.
Treatment Options for Lost Limbs
Through a more comprehensive understanding of the management of traumatic amputation and advances in prosthetic technology, the long-term outcomes for amputees has improved dramatically over recent years.
However, advanced treatment comes at a price. Many amputees discover that in addition to the trauma of losing a limb, they are now also faced with mounting medical costs from their treatment. If you or a loved one has lost a limb due to someone else’s negligence, you don’t have to bear the financial burden by yourself. You could be entitled to compensation to help cover these expenses.
Costs of Prosthetics
The price of a new prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000, and prosthetic arms range anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000. However, the most advanced prosthetic limbs are built to only withstand about 3 to 5 years of use, and the cost of new limbs can really add up over a lifetime.
Each prosthetic limb must be custom fit to every patient, at a significant cost. Once a patient is fitted with a prosthesis, they will face weeks or months of physical therapy.
Costs can vary widely depending on what components are necessary for a prosthetic limb, but are roughly equivalent to the cost of a car. Within a few weeks of physical therapy, amputees may begin using their prosthetic limbs effectively, but may require a new prosthesis after the first year to accommodate their changing physique.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in an accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side from the start. Losing a limb is traumatic and can impact your entire life. You need to be certain you can obtain the money you need to deal with your disability.
Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.