Amputations are among the most severe injuries that you could suffer in a car crash. Sometimes, the force of a collision will cause a traumatic amputation. Those who lose a limb or another extremity during a crash are at a severely high risk of complications from blood loss and major infections. Other individuals lose a limb because doctors determine that they cannot reasonably save the injured body part following a crash.
Whether you lose your non-dominant hand or your leg from above the knee, a prosthetic replacement limb or extremity can drastically increase your quality of life. The purchase of a prosthetic can be incredibly expensive. People often get creative to afford them, using crowdfunding or cooperating with high school robotics teams to access this technology.
Unfortunately, prosthetics are not a one-time expense. People unaware of this fact may drastically underestimate the costs of their injury.
You will likely need to replace your prosthesis frequently
It can cost thousands of dollars to obtain even the simplest prosthetic device. It will unfortunately not have as long of an operational life as you might expect given the investment involved. Prosthetics typically require refitting every year or so to ensure that they are comfortable and ergonomically effective.
Beyond that, most people will find they need to replace the prosthesis entirely every decade, if not more frequently. The cost of maintaining and replacing prosthetic devices is only one of the numerous major medical expenses you will have to cover following an amputation.
Pursuing adequate compensation following a catastrophic car crash injury can help you more effectively cover those staggering costs.