In the United States, generally prosthetics are not reused. Some amputees who cannot afford a prosthetic limb or prosthetic shoe hope there are charitable organizations that will provide one that belonged to someone else. Instead, for legal reasons prosthetics which are donated typically are taken apart and the components used to help amputees in other countries.
There are organizations, however, that assist amputees with the purchase of new prosthetic limbs and shoes. If you have approached your insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid, the Veterans Administration (if applicable) and your state’s programs and you have been denied coverage, you can reach out to a charitable organization.
For adults, The Barr Foundation, The Bowman Siciliano Limb Bank Foundation, The Challenged Athletes Foundation, Limbs for Life Foundation, Life Without Limbitations Foundation, Limbs of Hope Foundation, Limbs of Love and The National Amputation Foundation all provide various services and assistance for amputees.
Children may be able to qualify through not only traditional sources, but also through Programs for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, The Administration for Children and Families, Shriners Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Variety of the United States. These organizations all help children who need prosthetic limbs.
There may also be other ways to pursue payment for your limb or shoe.
If you suffered your amputation because of the fault of another party, such as a driver who hit you and caused you to lose a limb, or a doctor who committed medical malpractice and caused you to lose a limb, call me, Amputation Attorney Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567.
I can help you with a claim against the responsible party.
You may also be able to pursue a claim against your insurance company if it denied you prosthetic coverage in bad faith. Call to learn more about your legal options.