A person’s life can change in an instant when a catastrophic work injury occurs. An incident that causes a person to lose a limb or require amputation of a limb can be devastating. When you need a San Bernardino amputation injury attorney, we are ready to help. The qualified and experienced team at JML Law understands that you need compensation for your injury. We will work to ensure you are treated fairly and get everything you deserve.
What causes amputations in the workplace?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that amputation injuries are almost always preventable. When they occur, it is usually because workers operated unguarded or inadequately safeguarded mechanical equipment, including:
- Food slicers
- Meat grinders
- Cutting band saws
- Drill presses
- Milling machines
- Power presses
- Power press brakes
- Powered conveyors
- Printing presses
- Roll bending machines
Non-powered devices like shears, splitters, and saws also cause amputations. Other common causes include vehicle accidents and moving heavy materials or equipment.
How often do these injuries occur?
We know that workplace injuries are common. Our of the 2.8 million workplace injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the latest year, thousands of people suffered from amputations in the workplace. We know that approximately one out of every 200 people suffer from amputation injuries.
- Around 1.7 million people in the US live with amputations.
There are various types of amputations that can occur in the workplace. Even when there is not an immediate loss of a limb in an incident, a worker can still lose an injured limb if the damage is beyond repair or infection sets in.
How will an amputation affect an injured worker?
Amputation injuries are usually devastating for victims. Losing a limb is going to result in high costs, both economic and non-economic. The immediate medical expenses can reach not the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but amputees will likely require more extensive care:
- the cost of prosthetics
- home and vehicle modifications to aid mobility
- physical therapy
- emotional and psychological costs
In many cases, an amputee is not able to return to work. When they are able to work, it may not be at the same level as before. This can result in a loss of income and put victims in financial jeopardy.
Will I get compensation for my injury?
If you or a loved one have suffered a workplace amputation injury, you may need to seek legal assistance immediately. These catastrophic injuries can become incredibly costly, and the team at JML Law wants to ensure you get the coverage you deserve. When we take your case, we will be by your side the entire time. Our goal is to secure the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the injury
- 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
When you need a San Bernardino amputation injury attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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