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The True Cost of A Lost Limb

Each day, more than 500 Americans lose a limb.  Accordingly, it is estimated that there are currently two million people in the United States missing at least one limb. Some lose a limb due to birth defects, cancer, or circulation problems.  Others lose limbs in combat serving our country, or as a result of criminal activities like the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.  Many people also lose limbs because of automobile accidents or medical malpractice.

The loss of a limb can be traumatic mentally, physically, and financially.  Some amputees suffer from phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in their missing limb.  Others suffer from surgical complications and/or depression. In order to return to their regular daily activities, many amputees invest in prosthetic or artificial limbs.

In recent years, there have been huge advancements in the technology behind creating prosthetics.  Current prosthetics can simulate or exceed human limb functions in many ways.  However, this technology comes at a price. The cost of prosthetics can range from a few thousand dollars to upwards of $70,000.  Moreover, prosthetics are not one-size-fits-all type of devices. Many amputees require multiple prosthetics so they can change them out depending on their activities. For example, an amputee may wear one type of prosthetic to work and a different type for exercising or on the weekend.  Prosthetics also have a limited shelf life and often need to be replaced every three to five years.

Unfortunately, most health insurance plans do not cover all the costs associated with prosthetics.  Accordingly, if you or a family member has lost a limb in an automobile accident, a hospital error, or due to some other form of negligence, contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney who can ensure you have the resources to provide for your needs, including prosthetics.