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Boston Marathon Amputees Face Long Road to Recovery

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The extent of the devastation caused by the Boston Marathon bombings is seen not just in the loss of lives, but also the great number of people who were injured. A recent Wall Street Journal’s article details the hardships that victims catastrophically injured by this act of terror will face in the months and years ahead. The news report gives the example of one woman whose legs were amputated below the knee. Many such victims who lost a limb or more face a great deal of uncertainty not only with regard to their prognosis, but also their job, family life and future.

The Journal article says the good news is that the prognosis for amputees now is much better than what it was a generation ago thanks to advances in prosthetics. Even those who have lost both legs can walk, run and live close-to-normal lives. Of course, amputees who keep their knees have a relatively easier road ahead. We have numerous examples of amputees especially in our Army who have been able to get their lives back thanks to prosthetics.

Surgery and Rehabilitation

Although there is hope, amputees still face potentially long recovery times and the prospect of serious and even life-threatening complications. They may require a series of surgeries to save limbs with no assurance of success. There is also the possibility of the patients suffering serious infections post surgery. Once they have undergone surgery, it may take months of rehabilitation to get used to new prosthetic limbs. Patients may have to try several devices before finding one that works best for them.

The costs involved here are prohibitive. For example, the new iWalk prosthetic foot and ankle costs $70,000 a piece. Even though insurance may cover most of it, out-of-pocket costs can add up. Amputees must still put in a lot of hard work and suffer through pain to learn to walk with prosthetics. These types of injuries take an emotional toll on victims and their family members.

Compensation for Victims

Anyone who has lost limbs because of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of another can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, lost future income, loss of livelihood, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, a New York personal injury lawyers with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our skilled accident attorneys have a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Please contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

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