In America, more than 150,000 people lose a limb each year due to accident or disease. Nearly three million people in the United States are amputees, meaning they have lost an appendage such as an arm, leg, ear, finger or toe.
In addition to the trauma of losing an appendage, there is enormous expense involved as well as pain and suffering. Medical expenses like surgery, follow-up visits to the doctor, physical therapy and psychological therapy can range from several thousand to millions of dollars.
A prosthesis or artificial limb is fitted to the victim in some amputee cases. The price of bioengineered appliances can be as high as $100,000. On average, artificial limbs are repaired or replaced at least every five years, a life-long expense.
During the process of recovery from the loss of a limb, a practiced routine of physical therapy is needed to avoid the “freezing” of a joint. This may happen if weak, shortened muscles are allowed to remain inactive. It is nearly impossible to use an artificial arm or leg with a stump that has not been exercised.
The emotional trauma of losing an arm or leg is as devastating as losing a loved one, affecting all areas of the victim’s life. These invisible injuries may never fully heal as the amputee copes with the new experience of being handicapped.
If you or a loved one has suffered irreparable damage and amputation of a limb, contact a personal injury attorney to advise you of your rights. The law firm of O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA employs a staff of personal injury attorneys experienced in amputee cases. For a FREE evaluation of your case, call 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 to set up an appointment.
Court costs and case expenses by law are responsibility of the client.