An amputation is a life-long disfiguring and disabling injury, and an experienced Atlanta amputation injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. Although the technology behind artificial limbs continues to advance and increase the prospects for a productive life after the loss of a limb or other body part, even under the best of circumstances, amputees will still face lengthy recoveries that include extensive rehabilitation.
Causes of Amputation / Loss-of-Limb Accidents
When an amputation occurs in an accident, it is called a “traumatic amputation.” In some cases, a body part severed in an accident can be reattached. In other cases, a medical amputation is required to sever a body part that has been irreparably injured such as after being crushed in a car accident.
The Amputee Coalition reports that there are nearly 2 million people living with limb amputations in the U.S.
Common causes of the loss of a limb are:
- Vascular disease, including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease
- Trauma (accidents)
- Cancer / tumors.
Traumatic amputations of limbs can occur because of:
- Car, motorcycle and truck accidents
- Power tool and machinery accidents
- Explosions and severe burns
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), new techniques for limb replantation have been moderately successful. However, incomplete nerve regeneration remains a major limiting factor in patients. The NIH reports that in many cases, a well-fitting, functional prosthesis helps a patient more than a non-functional replanted limb.
High Costs of Amputation Injury Claims
A study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health determined that the projected lifetime health-care cost for patients who have undergone an amputation is three times more than the costs for those who are able to be treated with reconstruction or replantation. An experienced Atlanta amputation injury lawyer can help you recover these costs.
The study identified and considered the costs associated with:
- Initial hospitalization
- All rehospitalizations related to the limb injury
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Outpatient doctor visits
- Outpatient physical and occupational therapy
- Purchase and maintenance of prosthetic devices.
All of those costs should be taken into consideration when seeking to recover for past and future losses caused by an amputation.
Contact Our Atlanta Amputation Injury Attorney
If you are dealing with a traumatic amputation that may be the result of another person’s negligence, you deserve to have a thorough review of your case. You only get one bite at the apple, so it is important to have the help of someone who understands and appreciates the full scope of the future medical care that may be required.
The attorneys of James M. Poe, P.C., work with individuals and families in Atlanta and across Georgia to help them seek just compensation for losses they have sustained through no fault of their own. Contact us today to discuss how we may able to help you.
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