Amputations are not something anyone ever expects. When they happen in the workplace, victims and their families are often left wondering what they need to do. At JML Law, you can count on our qualified and experienced team to be by your side. Our amputation accident lawyers are going to investigate what happened so can ensure you get the coverage you deserve. Amputations can become incredibly costly for victims, so let us get to work on your behalf now.
How do Garden Grove amputation accidents happen in the workplace?
Workplace amputations are catastrophic injuries that are almost always preventable, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When these injuries do occur, it is usually due to a piece of equipment being used incorrectly, inadequate safeguard equipment, or undertrained employees using the equipment. Some of the most common causes of amputations in the workplace include:
- Power presses
- Power press brakes
- Powered conveyors
- Printing presses
- Roll bending machines
- Food slicers
- Meat grinders
- Cutting band saws
- Drill presses
- Milling machines
We also know that non-powered devices such as shears and saws are sources of amputation injuries. Other causes of amputations include:
- Workplace motor vehicle crashes
- Getting pinned between heavy objects
- Heavy machinery crashes or incidents
How common are amputation injuries?
Workplace injuries are common in the US, with nearly three million workers injured each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In the United States, around 1.7 million people are living with amputations.
- Approximately 1 out of every 200 people suffers an amputation.
In the workplace, there are various types of amputations that take place. Sometimes, a person loses a finger or toes. Other times, they suffer the partial or complete loss of a limb. In many cases, the initial injury does not cause an amputation, but infections set in or it is determined that the damage is beyond repair.
These injuries significantly alter the way a person leads their life. It can decrease their lifetime earning capacity or even leave them unable to work. Amputees can also suffer from emotional and psychological trauma due to a loss of enjoyment of life.
How does compensation work for an amputation injury?
If you or someone you care about has sustained a workplace amputation, you need to be sure you are getting the compensation you deserve. These injuries are serious and life-altering, so let the team at JML Law get to work on your case today. We will investigate the incident and work to secure the compensation you need. For these cases, that could include:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the amputation
- Recovery of lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Coverage of prosthetics
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against any negligent party
If you need a Garden Grove amputation accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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