When a person suffers a catastrophic injury in the workplace, they should be able to count on receiving compensation. If you need a Riverside amputation accident lawyer, you can count on the team at JML Law to be by your side. We understand these cases and will work to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. These injuries are life-altering, and we understand this is a confusing time for you. Let us get to work investigating your case today.
How common are amputations in the workplace?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that there were approximately 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses during the latest reporting year. While most of these injuries are relatively minor, thousands of workers suffer from amputations each year due to workplace incidents.
- There are approximately 1.7 million people living with amputations in the US.
- Around one out of every 200 people in the US has an amputation.
What are the most common causes of workplace amputations?
Amputations are some of the most serious workplace injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), these injuries are most common when workers operate unguarded or inadequately safeguarded mechanical equipment. This can include:
- Power presses
- Power press brakes
- Powered conveyors
- Printing presses
- Roll bending machines
- Food slicers
- Meat grinders
- Cutting band saws
- Drill presses
- Milling machines
OSHA says that non-powered devices such as saws, shears, and splitters often cause amputations. These injuries can also occur when handling materials, in-vehicle crashes, with trash compactors, and more.
Are there different types of amputations?
Amputations can be complete or partial. A complete amputation is the total loss of a limb from the body. A partial amputation results in some bone, tissue, muscle keeping the amputated limb attached to a person’s body.
These injuries can be “clean,” meaning the incident itself takes the limb completely off without damaging the surrounding areas very much. Amputations are also often necessary after a crush injury that damages a limb beyond repair.
How will this injury affect me?
Amputations will almost always impact a person’s ability to live their lives the way they are accustomed to. In many cases, a person will be able to function with a prosthetic, but they may not be able to return to the same kind of work they were accustomed to. In many cases, modifications to a vehicle or home are necessary to aid in mobility. Amputees also suffer from emotional and psychological damages.
How much compensation will I get?
We know that the last thing you ever expected was to lose a limb in a workplace incident. You may need help from an attorney to get the compensation you truly need. The team at JML Law is ready to get to work on your behalf. Our goal is to secure the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of prosthetics
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party
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