Amputations On the Rise in the United States
- Every day in the United States there are over 500 amputations, adding up to more than 185,000 amputations per year.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of amputations in America followed by traumatic injuries and cancer.
- Sixty percent of amputations due to diabetes could be prevented with regular foot doctor checkups.
- Almost half of the people who have an amputation due to vascular disease or diabetes will die within 5 years.
- African-Americans are about four times more likely to be amputees than Caucasians. Hispanics are one-and-a-half times more likely than whites to undergo amputations.
- Over two-thirds of trauma related amputations happen to adolescents and adults under age 45.
- According to the Amputee Coalition, almost 2 million people are living with limb loss in the United States.*
Workers who suffer amputation injuries need aggressive representation. Susan J. Sadow firmly believes that her clients with traumatic amputations deserve to be as functional as possible after their injuries. She works closely with prosthetists and has successfully convinced insurers to purchase state of the art prosthetics for her clients such as the BiOM. More information about the BiOM can be obtained at https://www.infinitetech.org/.
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a nonprofit organization based in Manassas, Virginia. ACA's mission is to reach out to people with limb loss and empower them through education, support and advocacy. The site recently added a prosthetist finder.
ACA runs multiple programs including the National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC) which serves as a call center for amputees, friends and family members of people with limb differences, caregivers, medical professionals and others seeking information about limb loss. The NLLIC information specialists provide information resources in the form of articles, books, videos, research, and Web sites.
The National Peer Network (NPN) is another program under the ACA umbrella. It is a network of support groups and trained, certified peer visitors that meet with soon-to-be or recent amputees to answer questions, and build a mentoring relationship.
*USA Today April 2016