In this country, most civilian hospitals see traumatic amputations in victims of traffic accidents or work-related incidents. In treating a traumatic amputation, the medical priority is to maintain airway, breathing and circulation. Common secondary and surgical conditions include factures, soft tissue injuries, burns, nerve injuries, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Secondary complications include infection, deep vein thrombosis, heterotopic ossifications, contractures and severe pain. Of course psychological issues also are significant in amputee victims. These include depression, poor adjustment to disability and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Once medical management preserves life and surgically treats the affected limb, the patient must adjust to a new life, which will include need for rehabilitation and fitting with prosthetics. Prosthetics are extremely costly. Many insurance plans pay for only a small percentage of the costs for these prosthetics. Although there are tremendous advances being made in the development of the prosthetics, many of the more sophisticated equipment remains out of the reach of most Americans because of insurance issues.
Because of the long term financial, vocational and social challenges, the attorney representing the victim of an amputation must explore all possible sources of recovery.
If you or someone you love has been harmed as the result of carelessness of another, please consider Baratta, Russell & Baratta as your aggressive advocates and trusted advisors to guide you through this life changing injury.