Car accidents and motorcycle accidents in Florida can cause serious and
permanent injuries to all those involved. Broken bones, crushed extremities,
and severe lacerations can all result after an accident. When the injuries
are too severe, amputation may be the only way to save the patient’s
life and prevent infection from spreading. Accident victims who have undergone
amputation will now be forced to live a very different life from the one
they led before. Amputees may have to learn how to walk again and perform
basic daily care, simply daily tasks we all take for granted.
The financial burdens associated with the loss of a limb can be staggering
– and prohibitive for many accident victims. It is estimated that
the total lifetime costs of a traumatic amputation is well over a half
million dollars. These costs do NOT take into account loss of future earnings,
lost wages, pain and suffering and other extraneous costs, such as rising
Prosthetic Devices can be Costly
Depending on the severity and location of your amputation, the materials
of the prosthetic device, and the size needed, prosthetics can cost up
to $50,000 each. Advancements in prosthetics have made them incredibly
lightweight, durable, and flexible—giving amputees the freedom they
need to regain their mobility and enjoy life to the fullest. Titanium,
battery powered ankles, and even flexible Cheetah prosthetics allows amputees
to run, swim, surf, bike, and drive like never before. Yet these advancements
come at a price.
The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development studied the costs
of prosthetics and found the following average prices:
- Above the knee prosthetics ($45,563)
- Partial foot prosthetics ($14,187)
- Hip prosthetics ($45,633)
- Transpelvic disarticulation prosthetics ($49,208)
- Below the knee prosthetics ($16,690)
These prosthetics, while pricey, are not even made to last a lifetime.
Many of these devices are meant to be replaced every 5 years, thus adding
to the costs. In addition, amputees must undergo rehabilitation and therapy
to learn how to use their new devices and be properly fitted.
Limb loss can be a significant obstacle for South Florida accident victims. When
seeking compensation, it is important to understand these obstacles and
the costs you will now endure because of them. While amputees are usually
able to regain and live a full and active lifestyle, many find that they
are forced to look for an alternative form of employment or change professions
altogether. This takes training, education, and considerable resources.
Any amount of compensation you agree to must reflect all of these new
Contact South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered the loss of a limb because of another
person’s negligence or carelessness, you have a right to seek compensation.
You may need money to pay for medical expenses, surgeries, prosthetic
devices, and rehabilitation.
For decades, the
personal injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully fighting for the rights injured
accident victims in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, and throughout
South Florida. To learn more about your legal options, call our South
Florida personal injury attorneys at
(954) 715-4511 or
888-522-6601 for a free consultation.