Pursuing Financial Compensation After Your Accidental Amputation
According to a report issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 2,644 amputations attributed to workplace-related injuries during the year 2015. Fifty-seven percent of those amputations were due to injuries occurring in the manufacturing sector. Adjusting to life after amputation can seem overwhelming, with numerous physical and psychological challenges to be overcome.
Types of Amputation Accidents
Accidental amputations may occur as a result of the unsafe operation of shears or power presses, when heavy loads collapse on limbs, or when limbs become trapped between powered doors, conveyors, and other industrial equipment. . Clothing and jewelry can be snagged in processing line mechanisms, dragging a worker off his feet until a limb is severed in the machinery. Workers operating rotating machinery and blades, tools used in slicing and punching, and stamping equipment are particularly vulnerable.
Industrial accidents may result in…
- Severing of a limb or digit.
- Damage so severe that a limb must be removed.
- Incurable infection that requires the removal of a limb.
Many workplace accidents resulting in amputation could have been avoided had the employer developed and implemented proper safety procedures, warnings, and employee supervision. Employers should provide proper lockout and startup procedures to prevent accidental starting of machinery during maintenance or cleaning. Machinery must be properly maintained and have adequate safety barriers. In some cases, equipment may be defective and therefore incapable of safe operation.
You Deserve Compensation
When employer negligence leads to employee accidents, injured workers may be entitled to take legal action. Employee compensation for workplace injuries may include…
- Medical expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Loss of earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional anguish.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
You Need Representation
If you’ve been involved in an industrial accident that resulted in an amputation, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney fighting for you. Due to the severity of your injuries and the high cost of recovery and rehabilitation, your employer has a lot to lose—and will likely attempt to pay as little as possible. To protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.