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Brad Pistotnik Law Accident Attorneys know about amputation and disability

How do I survive an amputation? You survive an amputation by finding an orthopedic surgeon that knows how to properly remove the smallest amount of the damaged body part so that you do not have to have a more insidious procedure. The smaller the body part that is removed, the better it may be for you. When you have a tragic accident and have a severe enough injury that you lose the blood supply to the limb and develop necrotic or dead tissue, the usual result is amputation. Amputation represents a loss of physical integrity to the body. Many patients fear amputation. The injured body part affects your loss of purpose to the body as a whole and causes disability. Today, with restorative prosthetics that are now bionic and computerized, they may help restore your loss of utility and disability. A really traumatic accident does not have to be the end of your life. Many amputees now are able to snow ski, they can run in races, they are capable of participating in sports and some even get to return to dancing like many have seen on Dancing with the stars.

Many physicians involved in a horrific trauma from a severe auto crash or motorcycle crash are in a fast race to save the patient’s life and are not trained in performing a delicate surgery that saves as much of the distal residual limb as is possible. According to the Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies, Surgical, Prosthetic and Rehabilitation Procedures, Third Edition, amputation is considered by many doctors to “have little social and economic reward, or even worse an unsupervised opportunity for the beginner. This widespread attitude results in the selection of amputation levels that are much too proximal, increasing the disability unnecessarily and in the creation of residual limbs of poor quality.” Id.at ix.

Amputations are never wanted by the injured personal injury victim because everyone wants to try and save their arms and legs, hands and feet. Sometimes, the injury is just too bad to save the limb. The most pain free option may be the decision to save the remaining limb and bite the bullet. You may need to salvage what is left and then get a good quality prosthetic.

How expensive is it to get a prosthetic arm, leg, hand or foot? In the early days a prosthesis was available only to the very well-off. Even today, persons without suitable wealth or really good health insurance get pushed off onto cheap prosthetics. The insurance carriers do not want to pay for the better prosthetics a patient may need. If you are injured in a worker’s compensation setting from an on-the-job injury or construction site injury then you are at the mercy of the legal system in your state. Unfortunately, the workers compensation system aims for the least payment possible. It becomes important to find a lawyer to advocate for you in this situation. You are going to need a lawyer that understands the law and that understands prosthetic devices. They are not all built the same. You need a lawyer who has actually worked with amputation clients in order to get the client the best possible result of a bionic and computerized artificial limb.

The U.S. Military spent millions, if not billions of dollars helping soldiers regain mobility after the Viet Nam and Iraq wars. Many soldiers ended up losing arms and legs or became double amputees due to explosions and mines. The U.S. had to do something to help these injured warriors regain mobility. The cost of that research and development led to the development of bionic legs, knees, feet, arms and hands. Many of these types of prosthetics are electric and can be operated by battery. They can help stabilize a patient while walking. They can help them run, they can help them hold their spouse and their children. They are truly amazing prosthetics. The amputee should be able to walk up and down stairs, inclines, get around barriers and otherwise move like a normal person.

If a cheap prosthetic is $25,000.00 and a really good bionic prosthetic is $140,000.00, which one do you think the insurance carrier will prefer to buy? Obviously, the insurance company will get away with whatever you let them do to you. In any civil lawsuit for bodily injuries that are caused by a severe crash and results in an amputation you will need a lawyer or attorney that knows the difference in prosthetics and how to force the insurance company to give you the best prosthetic that is available.

Hangar Orthotics sells a series of electronic and mechanical prosthetics that have computer chips designed to allow the prosthesis to act as a true artificial limb and not just be a device for standing or grasping things. These artificial limbs can restore almost full function to the injured person.

The main problem with bionic prosthetics is that they have a durable life and require repair, maintenance, charging and replacement. A skilled trial attorney will have to hire the necessary experts to medically opine that you need a special type or types of prosthetics. That lawyer will then have to hire an expert in the orthotics field to help the patient determine what will work best for the patient. The attorney then hires a life care expert and economist to help determine the life care costs surrounding the future lifetime costs of a particular client. The defense will hire a doctor to say the better prosthetics are unnecessary and a waste of money. When the litigants to a case cannot agree then the jury or administrative judge will make the decision.

The value of your future medical claims and entire case may easily hit the million dollar mark and above. Assume you have a young teenager in a bad car wreck that loses the use of her right lower leg. A below-the-knee amputation can be done. In order to do similar activities to another teenage around the age of 15 years of age, the client will have to go through the surgical amputation and perhaps multiple debridement of nearby tissue, bone and muscle until the body is stable enough for a limb. They go through very extensive physical therapy. The patient then has to be fitted appropriately to help minimize pain. Once the prosthesis is designed, they go through more training and therapy on the use and care of the limb. This entire course can take as long as one to two years.

Combating the normal insurance carriers like Blue Cross, Coventry, CIGNA and others always leads to the same old fight. They do not want to pay all of these costs so it is an uphill fight every step of the way. You need a personal injury lawyer that will help you fight the fight. You need an attorney that will pay for the experts to back your case needs. You can get that lawyer at Brad Pistotnik Law. Brad and his team of lawyers and paralegals have dealt with many severe injury cases where the client needs a modern computerized prosthesis so that you can function and be like everyone else. Call Brad Pistotnik now for a free consultation and he can show you the textbooks and information from prosthetics manufacturing companies that build and sell these wonderful life saving products. You can return to life and be able to enjoy recreational and sports activities and become a useful member of this world. You don’t have to think of yourself as disabled and you don’t have to be locked in your house. There are not many doctors in Wichita, Kansas that specialize in orthotic limb replacement, but there are several really good orthotics experts that can help you.

We at Brad Pistotnik Law understand the need for a good prosthetic limb to have the best possible quality of life. Pistotnik Law Injury Attorneys want you to have the best quality prosthetic device you can get.

Brad Pistotnik Law, P.A. © 2015

Web Md describes different prostheses parts and types:

When an arm or other extremity is amputated or lost, a prosthetic device, or prosthesis, can play an important role in rehabilitation. For many people, an artificial limb can improve mobility and the ability to manage daily activities, as well as provide the means to stay independent.

Prostheses Parts and Types

There is a wide variety of prostheses that are designed to function -- and in many cases look -- like a natural arm, leg, hand, or foot. Although there are many different designs, most have similar parts. These include:

  • A socket into which the stump of the amputated limb fits
  • The suspension, which holds the prosthesis onto the stump
  • The shaft
  • The foot, hand, or hook
  • A covering for cosmetic appearances
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