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Understanding the Financial Burden of Losing a Limb

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 insurance premiums.

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 five 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 lifestyle costs.

Did You Lose a Limb in a Serious Traffic Accident?

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.

The Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal fight for the rights of accident victims in South Florida. Call now to request your free case evaluation.

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