Here are some common causes and types of workplace amputation injuries and what you can do to get compensation if you have been injured.
Amputation injuries require long-term medical care, lifestyle modifications and can significantly lower your life’s quality. Let’s discuss the common causes and types of workplace amputation injuries. We’ll also look at how you can get your compensation after suffering an amputation injury at work.
Common Causes of Workplace Amputation Injuries
Every time you work around forklifts, conveyors, grinders, roll bending machines, or compactors, you face the risk of your limbs being trapped and amputated.
Fall from Heights
While ladders and scaffolds make work easier, they pose great dangers in the event of a slip and fall. A fall from a ladder or scaffold can lead to traumatic fractures and cuts that could leave you without an arm, toe, or leg.
Inadequate Training or Lack of Safety Gear
Proper training and wearing adequate safety equipment can go a long way in protecting workers from injuries at work.
On the other hand, a lack of proper training leaves you vulnerable when handling dangerous machines. Improper use of machines or lack of training could lead to injuries that could result in amputation.
Debris and other heavy objects could fall on you while in the workplace leading to the removal of one or more of your limbs.
Types of Amputation Injuries
Here are the common types of amputation:
- Shoulder disarticulation
- Partial hand amputation
- Partial foot amputation
- Ankle disarticulation
- Hip disarticulation
- Below the knee amputations
- Above the knee amputations
Getting Workers’ Compensation for Amputation Injuries
After an amputation, you may suffer from persistent pain and disfigurement. You may also experience difficulties reintegrating into the community and may experience depression, anxiety, and other amputation-related psychological symptoms.
Additionally, you may incur high social and economic costs due to expensive medical care involving surgeries and physical therapy. What’s more, you may not be able to return to your pre-injury job due to the injuries.
Therefore, you should generally file a work injury claim to recover all these damages. It is highly recommended that you speak with an experienced St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney. Working with an experienced workers’ comp attorney can help you build a strong case, which will increase your chances of fair compensation. An attorney can also negotiate with the insurer on your behalf and fight any evidence that may be used to try to devalue or deny your claim.
When choosing your attorney, ensure you hire someone well-versed with workers’ comp laws, highly experienced, and a proven track record.
St. Louis Workers Compensation Attorneys
Have you suffered a workplace-related amputation injury? At the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann, we understand how rough the recovery journey after an amputation can be and we are here to help. Contact us for a free case review.
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