If you or a loved one are dealing with an amputation injury, I want to give you some hope. Now you, like I, might have grown up with the image of amputation injuries linked to pirates with peg legs and hook hands. We’ve come a long way since then. Wars have always led to advances in medicine and science. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are no exception. To respond to the needs of veterans who lost legs in IED explosions, doctors and engineers have now developed high tech prosthetics and that progress continues to benefit both veterans and civilians. Amputation survivors have always been intrepid. Former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme court lost a leg at 20 and through grit and determination rose to Chief Justice while walking on a traditional prosthetic leg. I also know a lawyer in Florida, Bradley Johnston, who lost both legs in a car wreck before he started law school. Bradley is one of the most infectiously optimistic cheerful people I know. He has competed in the Paralympics on the U.S. sailing and volleyball teams and is just an inspiration. Here in Atlanta, Scott Rigsby is a double amputee who has competed in marathons and even the Iron Man Triathlon on high-tech prosthetics. Sometimes on the work, I have seen him out running boot camp groups runs around Buckhead. Years ago if we represented someone with an amputation injury, we were limited to talking about the effect on income and quality of life and the cost of some low tech prosthetics. Now we can do life care plans that include the cost of replacing those high tech prosthetics that are getting better all the time, 15 to 25 times over a person’s lifetime in order to empower the amputee to overcome that injury and live life to the fullest. If you or a loved one is dealing with an amputation injury, give us a call for a free consultation. I hope we can help.
On May 22, 2018, former State Bar of Georgia president Ken Shigley will be a candidate for election to the Georgia Court of Appeals. The only other candidate is Ken Hodges, a former Dougherty County District Attorney. Ken Hodges was the Democratic Party nominee for Attorney General in 2010.