The Real Cost of an Arm and a Leg

The Real Cost of an Arm and a Leg

At some point in time we have all heard the phrase “costs an arm and a leg.” Whether it was from your mom when you were little or from a group of friends while shopping, the phrase “costs an arm and a leg” can be used to describe anything that is considered to be extremely expensive or excessively pricey.

According to, one theory is that this saying originated from the early 20th century, possibly during one of the major World Wars. The idea being that soldiers, because of their heavy involvement in war and being in the line of fire, can possibly lose a hand, foot, leg, or arm. Thus, the war would literally cost the person their arm or leg, which is a high price to pay.  However, another theory states that the phrase may simply derive from older expressions that also use the terms ‘arms’ and ‘legs’ as ways to describe a high cost. For example, there’s an expression that goes ‘I would give my right arm’ that dates back to at least the late 18th century.

But in today’s world, what is the actual price of an arm or leg?

Personal injuries can come in all shapes and sizes. Car crashes, defective products and work accidents can leave an individual with unexpected pain, broken bones, scars and in extreme cases, loss of limbs.

In Pennsylvania, the maximum compensation for an arm in 2015 was $389,910, which is $220,032 higher than the national average according to ProPublica. Nevada has the highest compensation for the loss of an arm at $859,634, while Alabama is ranked last with an average compensation at $48,840. The compensation for the loss of a leg is higher with the top compensation rate of $543,367 for federal employees, which is well over the national average of $153,221.  Pennsylvania was ranked #5 with maximum compensation being listed at $389,910, the same price as an arm.

Depending on what state you reside in partially disabled workers may also be eligible for additional benefits, if necessary, as part of a healing period. Compensation for the loss of certain body parts is only one part of a larger system. States may be more or less generous in other aspects of their workers’ compensation benefits.

If you have suffered an injury at the workplace, you are probably aware that you can claim workers’ compensation benefits. But did you know that you may also be able to pursue a personal injury claim? If your injuries were caused by someone other than your employer or a co-worker, you have a right to pursue a third-party claim.

To maximize your chances of success, you need a lawyer dedicated to you, one who will vigorously assert your rights against wrongdoers and their insurance companies.

At Henry & Beaver, LLP, you will find the lawyer you need. Our Lebanon personal injury lawyers are strong and proven advocates who will aggressively pursue full compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and personal losses. We have achieved favorable settlements and verdicts for victims of serious accidents in Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Dauphin and Berks counties.

If you have a legal concern, contact Henry & Beaver to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Call 717-274-3644 or fill out our online form to get started.