Amputation Injuries, Prostheses and Settlement
Amputation injuries are complex workers' compensation cases. They require an attorney who has considerable experience in understanding the nature of these injuries, the proper treatment for them, the emotional impact toll they take on the injured worker, the medical complications often associated with amputations and the importance of proper selection and fitting of prosthetic devices.
Finding the right prosthetist is different today than it was a decade ago. Now many prosthetic companies have amputees on staff who can talk to injured workers so that their questions and concerns can be addressed by someone who has already experienced all of the emotions and challenges involved in adapting to life with a prosthesis. An expert prosthetist will help determine which type of prosthesis is best suited for the injured worker's lifestyle and activities.
When an injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement and the prosthesis he or she is using is fitting properly and is providing as much functionality as possible, settlement discussions often arise. Before an amputation injury case can be settled, serious consideration must be given to evaluating the injured worker's future medical needs related to the prosthesis and prosthesis replacements. This can best be accomplished by hiring a Life Care Planner who will carefully evaluate all of the medical records and provide a detailed medical cost projection. After the costs have been obtained, a structured settlement is often the ideal vehicle that will incorporate these costs into a financial plan that will provide the injured worker with both short term and long term protection.
Don't leave settlement of an amputation case to anyone but an expert workers' compensation lawyer. Susan J. Sadow has successfully settled many amputation cases for her clients. Contact Ms. Sadow today at 770-984-8900.