What Is the Average Lifetime Cost for Amputation Patients?

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You’ve suffered a serious injury in an accident, and your medical provider has informed you that you have little choice but to undergo an amputation. Thoughts about your family, your hopes and dreams, and your quality of life are racing through your mind. Your finances? You probably feel like they are among the least of your worries. Or perhaps the prospect of amputation is difficult enough without having to think about the possibility of bankruptcy. However, that possibility may be very real.

According to widely cited study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in 2002, the projected average lifetime cost for amputees was more than $509,275 in 2002, or $673,290 when adjusted for inflation. This is approximately triple the average lifetime cost of limb reconstruction.

The study calculates costs for:

  • Both initial and subsequent hospitalizations
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Outpatient visits to physicians
  • Outpatient physical and occupational therapy
  • Prosthesis purchase and maintenance expenses

The study did not take into account other damages associated with amputation, such as lost earnings, pain and suffering, and reduced quality of life.

If your medical expenses are piling up and you’re deep in debt, do not be afraid to turn to others for help. There are many nonprofit and government organizations as well as fundraising possibilities you can turn to; it’s a question of finding the method that works best for you. It is highly recommended that you also seek out professional assistance with your finances: consult with a credit counselor to help you reduce debt, a financial advisor to help you find the best sources of income, and so on.

There is one other way to get coverage for your amputation costs. California law allows victims of traumatic amputation caused by others’ negligence or recklessness to pursue monetary compensation through a lawsuit. If this applies to you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to file a legal claim. With the right law firm at your side, you can be made whole again financially.

At Wilshire Law Firm, our excellent legal team has helped countless amputation injury victims throughout California get the compensation they need to put their lives back together. Since 2007, we have achieved over $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. With our guidance, you may recover hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars in damages. Call us at (800) 522-7274 to learn more about your rights and legal options in a FREE consultation. The sooner we start on your case, the better.