Amputation is just one of the life-changing injuries that can be sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Whether traumatic amputation occurring during the accident itself or surgical amputation required when a body part has been severely damaged, amputation can be accompanied by life-threatening complications such as massive blood loss and infections. The long-term consequences, even with a good medical recovery, can include overwhelming psychological fallout on top of the physical limitations that come with loss of limb.
The Importance of Full Compensation for Amputations
The lifetime cost of amputation can be over $500,000, and that’s just for prosthetics and other medical care. It does not include loss of income, if you are unable to return to work or unable to return to your full pre-injury earning power. Nor does it include expense such as hired help to perform daily or household tasks or home modifications when necessary.
Prosthetics are an ongoing expense. Most amputees will need a new prosthetic about a year after the first one, because your body changes as you heal and adapt. After that, you’ll typically need replacements every two to five years. Health insurance does not always cover the full cost, especially for high-quality prosthetics.
Damages you may be able to recover in an amputation claim include:
- Existing and future lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Existing and future medical expenses
- Prosthetics and other mobility aids
- Home modification
- Adaptive equipment for your vehicle and a vehicle that can be appropriately modified
- Help with tasks you can no longer perform on your own
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
If you have suffered amputation or loss of limb in a car accident in Atlanta or Sandy Springs, Georgia, Robbins Law, PC is here to help you and your family recover the full compensation you need and deserve. Please call us today at 800-772-5555 or contact us right away.