Amputations Are Life-Changing Injuries. Losing an arm, hand, foot, or leg can change life for you and your family forever. Whether you have suffered your loss at work or in an accident caused by negligence, you must speak to an experienced amputation injury lawyer about your rights.
An amputation injury has far-reaching consequences beyond physical and emotional trauma. A workplace amputation lawyer can help you understand your rights and explain your legal options. In addition, getting a qualified attorney with years of experience and a matching track record can help you successfully navigate litigation and settlement. Here are some ways the workplace injury lawyer will be of service:
While you work on recuperating, a workplace amputation lawyer can help you get all the necessary evidence to build a strong case and a successful settlement. The Law Offices of John M. McCabe can help gather records such as police reports, emergency medical services reports, and evidence from the accident scene. These documents will serve as proof of liability and the extent of your injuries. The workplace injury lawyer can also help collect information from witnesses or enlist an expert's help to offer a professional opinion on your case.
Injuries resulting from amputation require specialized medical care, which also comes at a cost. An amputation lawyer with relevant experience in similar cases can help estimate the overall medical expenses. It is essential to have a figure based on the incurred and future payments to ensure complete medical financial coverage.
Workplace accidents that lead to amputation result in damages that can be categorized as economical and non-economical. The emotional and mental pain experienced as a result of the amputation, coupled with the lost ability to operate normally and enjoy life, are considered non-economical. Since you may not be able to continue working or be forced to work in a reduced capacity, the loss of wages, the cost of physical rehabilitation, and the ongoing medical expenses will be considered economic losses. Getting an experienced injury attorney will help you obtain sufficient compensation.
A capable workplace amputation lawyer at The Law Offices of John M. McCabe will help you get the best outcome possible for your case. Some of these will include the following:
We work on a contingency basis for personal injury claims such as amputations. A contingency fee basis means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. We also offer contingency fee schedules for other practice areas, such as:
According to research, an estimated 2 million Americans have undergone an amputation procedure, and about 185,000 individuals undergo an amputation procedure every year. Some of these cases result from workplace amputation injuries which can be caused by the following:
Lack of training on properly and safely handling dangerous machinery is a leading cause of workplace amputation injuries. As a result, most employees are left vulnerable as the lack of proper safety procedures may lead to improper machine use and injuries, resulting in amputation.
Heavy objects, debris, along with other tools and materials falling from above have resulted in injuries leading to amputation. You can also suffer an amputation injury if you fall from considerable heights. While companies use scaffolds and ladders, there is still the risk of slipping and falling due to inadequate safety measures. In addition, the fall may result in broken limbs, necessitating an amputation procedure.
When dealing with dangerous or sharp tools and heavy equipment and machinery, wearing protective gear such as hard hats, protective clothing, and gloves is always advisable—having adequate safety equipment, whether provided by the company or not. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all employers provide a working environment that is free of known health or safety hazards. OSHA generally requires employers to pay for and provide their employees with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Machines with moving parts, such as cranes, conveyors, roll bending machines, grinders, compactors, and forklifts, are considered dangerous. When working with or around them in what are known as “pinch points” can cause a limb to become trapped and possibly amputated.
Many cases of workplace amputation have resulted from machine use. If the manufacturers of the machines omitted any safety features or procedures, you could sue the manufacturer by filing a product liability lawsuit. A workplace injury lawyer can help you gather the necessary information in consultation with a product consultant to determine if there are any manufacturing defects, design defects, or a failure to warn consumers.
Equipment and heavy machinery may fail during operation, leading to devastating injuries. The malfunction may result from poor maintenance, the manufacturer's defective design, inadequate warning, or advanced service life. The company is responsible for the damages in poor maintenance resulting from neglect and lack of proper service routines.
Other causes of workplace amputation injuries include construction accidents, electrocution, motor vehicle accidents, and burn injuries, among others.
Amputation injuries may result in the partial or complete removal of a limb or body part. Complete amputation arises when a body part or limb is wholly severed from the body. While there are cases where the severed limb can be reattached, unfortunately, some patients may have to suffer a total loss. Therefore, a doctor must appropriately administer the severed part or residual limb in reattachment for complete healing.
If, in any case, a tissue connection remains attached to the limb or body part, the amputation is regarded as partial. A reattachment is still as tricky in this case as in other types of amputation injuries. The types of amputation injuries include:
When seeking compensation for workplace amputation injuries, it is wise to consult a lawyer on the options for filing a liability claim. You should file a workers' compensation claim if the amputation injury resulted from work-related activities. In addition, injuries resulting from work-related activities are caused by a third party creating the possibility for additional recovery outside of workers’ compensation. An experienced workplace amputation lawyer at law will advise you on all of your legal rights and remedies available under the law.
We understand that you don’t want to be one of those people who sue people to seek an easy payday. Our firm only represents honest, hardworking people who have suffered an injury through no fault of their own. We will fight to ensure you are treated with the respect you deserve from the insurance companies.