What is an Amputation Life Care Plan?
This Shaked Law Firm article provides Personal Injury insight on what happens after an amputation injury. This includes an Amputation Life Care Plan. This factual information comes firsthand information from Sagi Shaked, a double Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has tried and won numerous amputation lawsuits and recovers millions of dollars in damages on behalf of clients. As a result, this article provides the most factual, up to date information for our readers.
When something as drastic as amputation occurs after an accident, victims may feel that their life is coming to an end. They may experience any number of setbacks physically. These setbacks are not linear; they can occur any time during recovery.
What is the financial impact of an amputation?
First and foremost, for a victim of an amputation, emotional trauma is not calculable. Victims of surgical errors or accidents that result in loss of limb may have flashbacks. These flashbacks and the resulting PTSD may keep them from engaging with family or returning to work. A Personal Injury lawyer ensures that all of this factors into the financial compensation their client receives. An economic recovery period ensures that at least, the victim can provide financially for their family during a time of deep emotional and physical turmoil.
Next, this brings us to the necessity of an Amputation Life Care Plan.
What is an Amputation Life Care Plan?
According to Life Care Plan source Musculoskeletal Key, a care plan’s definition is as follows:
“The life care plan addresses specific individual needs across several areas. […] The life care plan must focus on the needs of the individual patient; the patient and their needs.”Musculoskeletal Key
How do law firms and medical professionals decide on an Amputation Life Care Plan?
There is no specific outline for a Life Care Plan’s initial preparation. However, it remains necessary for the Plan to be sustainable in regard to the medical needs of the plaintiff. Thus, doctors and legal experts coordinate in order to prepare a document that outlines the client/patient’s specific needs. Each client has different needs and preferences after amputation. While some clients require future surgery, for others its either unnecessary or there is less surgical intervention available per the injury.
An example of necessity may be a wheelchair for one patient, but another prefers a mobility scooter. There are no right and wrong answers when it comes to creating a Life Care Plan. The only “right” thing about a Care Plan is the Quality of Life it provides for the future of the client.
Going forward, the next section covers what goes into an Amputation Life Care Plan, and some examples of what patients require post-amputation.
What goes into an Amputation Life Care Plan?
When approaching an Amputation Life Care Plan, there is a nuanced list of necessary areas that require medical and legal professionals to work together. The following list is not a catch-all, but only a handful of areas that apply in Personal Injury cases of amputation:
- Projected treatment needs
- Projected therapeutic modalities
- Prescription drug needs
- Orthopedic equipment
- Mobility scooter if preferential to the patient
- Home adaptations to allow for independent living
- Home care and specialized, hospital care
- Recreational equipment
- Future medical and surgical care
- Future medical and surgical risks
What is the emotional impact of amputation on patients?
Next, we must look at the emotional impact of amputation.
Sometimes patients learn that they may lose a limb. Other times they wake up and their limb is no longer there. There is no expectation of these patients to be “fine” after receiving this kind of news. Physically, amputation of a limb has obvious consequences. However, those who never experience this trauma cannot understand the emotional impact of amputation. The enormous mental anguish and PTSD that results from amputation is not measurable in dollars.
After an amputation, victims must learn to live life as a “new normal”. They must learn to live differently than they once did. Many patients report feeling extreme levels of anxiety and depression. Victims of amputation must sometimes quit hobbies or even their career, after an accident. For some, receiving care from others when they were once active and independent is difficult to accept. Victims may find themselves wheelchair bound. Going from active to isolation is traumatic! If medical interventions such as Physical and Occupational therapy fail to restore ability to walk using prothesis, wheelchair use may be permanent.
How do Life Care Plans help restore Quality of Life?
It’s difficult fully restore Quality of Life after amputation. However, a Personal Injury lawyer dedicates their entire career to pursuing the justice the client deserves after trauma. Nonetheless, while amputation doesn’t mean the victim’s life is over, the road to recovery is long and winding. Therefore, a victim may require physical and occupational therapies, wheelchairs, adaptations to the home, and prothesis. They may require future surgeries which can take an emotional and mental toll, causing further PTSD.
This is why an Amputation Life Care Plan is of utmost importance!
All victims of amputation must adjust to a new normal they never thought possible. This is why a Board Certified lawyer in their corner is a priceless asset. The lawyer will never let the client be bullied by the insurance company after suffering an amputation. An experienced and compassionate lawyer will stop at nothing to do what’s right for the client.
What happens after an accident with catastrophic injuries?
At the end of the day, when a catastrophic accident occurs, victims must quickly retain a credible law firm. Legal advice is a necessity once the victim is medically stable. Many victims of amputation accidents have no idea a Life Care Plan may be available to them! Thus, an expert lawyer can help the family on the road to recovery both on the financial side, and the medical side. This assistance includes coordinating an Amputation Life Care Plan between the client and their medical team.