Traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part – usually a finger, toe, arm, or leg – occurring as the result of an accident or injury. A partial amputation can also result, where some form of soft tissue connection remains.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, various complications can be associated with the loss of a body part. These include bleeding, shock and the development of wounds and infection. It is not uncommon for amputee victims to experience pain, discomfort and stiffness around the area of their amputations.
According to the Amputee Coalition, there are nearly two million people living with limb loss in Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and the rest of the United States. Of those two million people, forty-five percent suffered their amputation due to trauma. Traumatic amputations can result from:
Fortunately, there is help for victims of amputation injuries. The law allows you to hold the wrongdoer accountable, and help you recover your past, present and future medical expenses and lost income, as well as compensation for the intangible emotional harms that accompany your physical losses.
Bruce A. Blaylock is a veteran trial lawyer in Bethesda, Maryland who has decades of experience representing victims of serious and catastrophic injuries. He has the legal skills and reputation needed to ensure your legal rights are adequately protected.
Call 301.951.1800 for a free and confidential consultation.
Amputation injuries carry significant medical expense. In addition to the initial hospitalization, the victim can expect additional hospitalizations for acute care related to the injury, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient doctor visits, physical and occupational therapy, and the purchase and maintenance of prosthetic devices.
The average cost of a day in the hospital is $4,293, according to the International Federation of Health Plans. An amputation usually requires a hospital stay of five days to over two weeks initially, depending on the severity of the amputation and complications.
A surgical amputation can cost upwards of $40,000 and a single prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $5,000 to more than $50,000, according to the Amputee Coalition. The typical prosthetic must be replaced approximately every five years, and the healthcare costs of an amputee can be upwards of $500,000 over their lifetime.
In addition to the medical costs, amputees face physical pain and life alterations. Many amputees face difficult hurdles in adjusting to their new life. For many, they may have lost the ability to perform the same or similar job they have in the past and have now lost their livelihood. They are concerned how they will pay for their care now and in the future, as well as provide for their families. They must relearn how to perform their everyday activities.
Bruce A. Blaylock is a veteran trial lawyer in Bethesda, Maryland who has decades of experience representing victims of serious and catastrophic injuries. Through his experience as an Emergency Medical Technician, Mr. Blaylock understands the causes of amputation injuries, and the support victims need. He has the legal skills and reputation needed to ensure your legal rights are adequately protected.
If you have suffered an amputation injury due to the negligence of someone else, you owe it to yourself and your family to explore your legal options to protect your future. Call 301.951.1800 for a free and confidential consultation.