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 invasive procedure. The smaller the body part removed, the better it may be for you. When you have a catastrophic 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 dread amputation. The injured body part affects your loss of function 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 function and disability. A really traumatic accident does not have to be the end of your life. Many amputees now snow ski, they run in races, they participate in sports and some even get to return to dancing like on Dancing with the stars.
Many physicians in a scene of a horrible trauma from a severe auto crash or motorcycle crash are in a 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. 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 wealthy. Even today, persons without appropriate wealth or really good health insurance get pushed off onto cheap prosthetics. The insurance carriers do not want to pay for the better prosthetics. If you are injured in a workers 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. You are going to need a lawyer that understands the law and that understands prosthetics. 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 prosthetics are electric and can be battery operated. They can help stabilize the patient while walking. They help them run, they help them hold their spouse and children. They are truly amazing. The amputee should be able to negotiate stairs, inclines, get around barriers and otherwise ambulate and move like a normal person.
If a cheap prosthetic is $25,000.00 and a really good bionic is $140,000.00, which do you think the insurance carrier will want to buy? Obviously, they will get away with whatever you let them do to you. In any civil suit for bodily injuries arising out of a severe crash that results in an amputation you need a lawyer or attorney that knows the difference in prosthetics and how to force the insurance carrier to give you the best prosthetic 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 debridements of adjacent tissue, bone and muscle until the body is stable enough for a limb. They go through extensive physical therapy. The patient next 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 process can take as long as one to two years.
Fighting 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 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 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.
Why hire Brad Pistotnik Law to help fight your case? The reasons you should hire Brad are because he can help you to get your life back on track. He can help you see the right doctors and orthotics experts for your particular type of amputation. He can use over 34 years of his own knowledge and expertise to help point you in the right direction. His compassionate staff will be there to assist getting you into these specialized appointments with highly trained medical experts in the field of prosthetics. You can reach Brad by phone at 316-684-4400, toll free at 800-241-BRAD, or on his cell phone at 316-706-5020. His office is at the Offices at Cranbrook which is just 3 blocks east of Webb Road on East 21st Street North. This thriving and growing new area of Northeast Wichita is surrounded by medical doctors, therapists and caring medical professionals. Remember, that if you are too hurt to come to us we will travel to you anywhere. You can be in Wichita or as far out as Goodland, Kansas, Garden City, Kansas, Liberal, Kansas or Kearney Nebraska. We will come see you anywhere in the U.S. Our office address is 10111 East 21st Street North, Suite 204, Wichita, Kansas 67206.
Remember that one photograph is worth a thousand words so you should develop as much photographic evidence and video evidence as possible. The rehabilitation phase is very difficult to undergo and a simple five minute video can show a jury what you really endured to get there. Once you are healed, the jury needs to know that you were injured and to understand how long it took to get back to a regular pace of life. Our goal is to get you back to the way you once were.
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