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Amputation of a limb can occur as a result of a serious car crash or bus accident – particularly if the victim is a bicycle rider or pedestrian – or as a result of a defective piece of machinery or equipment, either at home, at the workplace, or on a construction site. In addition to the exorbitant medical bills incurred, the loss of a limb carries with it a lifetime of additional costs in terms of adjustment to daily living, decreased wages, and the emotional trauma or loss of enjoyment of life which may accompany a disabling or disfiguring accident.
In serious injuries such as brain or spinal injuries or amputations, a life care plan is often developed to calculate all of the additional expenditures the injury will require. Medical costs for initial treatment of the trauma can be very high. In addition, return visits for wound care are often required for a significant period after the accident. If a prosthetic is utilized, it should be noted that prostheses are subject to daily wear and tear and must generally be replaced several times over a lifetime. Issues of mobility must be addressed, such as manual or motorized wheelchairs, and significant modifications to the home and car are often required. Vocational rehabilitation and training is another area of long-term need, both for employability and meeting daily living challenges. For instance, if a person has lost a dominant hand or arm, the individual must relearn even the most basic tasks to regain a measure of self-care and independence.
It is a dizzying task to consider all of these changes and expenditures at once. Certified Life Care Planners are often brought in to perform this task, and the end product can be used not only as a roadmap for the patient and family but also as a guidebook to an insurance company or jury forced to consider the true cost that the negligence or wrongful conduct of another has imposed. At our firm, we know that no amount of money can make up for a lost limb. However, we believe that justice demands that the accident victim should not be forced to make up the additional expenses out of his or her own pocket, and that the responsible parties should compensate their victims to the fullest extent allowed by the law. If you have suffered an amputation in an automobile accident, construction accident, or other instance involving another’s negligence or misconduct, contact the new york amputation attorney of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. in New York City for a free consultation.