Accidents can happen to even the most careful employees, and some incidents
can lead to severe injuries. Extreme circumstances may call for a worker's
limb to be amputated, which will be life-changing in many ways.
All kinds of workers can be injured in serious accidents, but some of the
more dangerous careers include:
- Oil and Gas
In any of these situations, an explosion, fall from a height, infection
due to a laceration, being crushed by machinery, and many other scenarios
may cause a worker's arm, leg, hand, or foot to be amputated. This
medical procedure will cause both short and long-term changes for the worker.
Medical costs will add up quickly for the injured worker, as he or she
will require many hospital visits and medications. Multiple surgeries
may be required to repair the damaged limb, as well as careful maintenance
to prevent infections. Medical equipment may be needed for mobility, such
as a wheelchair, crutches, or items to make a car or home more easily
Medical advances have made prosthetics available to most patients, although
they can often cost a hefty sum. Patients typically require physical therapy
to regain mobility or increase the integration of a prosthetic device.
This therapy can range from a couple of weeks to several years, to restore
an injured worker to full mobility as much as possible.
Aside from medical concerns, an amputation can lead to other problematic
situations in a worker's future. In most cases, the worker will not
be able to return to their job in the same capacity. This can lead to
a loss of wages, especially immediately after the accident. Issues such
as mobility, inability to drive a car, or other daily hindrances can also
lead to challenges.
Compensation for an Amputation Caused by a Workplace Accident
A worker who faces an amputated limb may be eligible from compensation
from their employer, but it is important to ensure that sum fully covers
both the short- and long-term costs associated with an amputation. Even
if offered a settlement amount that sounds large, it is important to carefully
consider all of the future needs that may arise from an amputation.
If you have been injured in an accident that resulted in an amputation,
the lawyers of Arnold & Itkin can help you review your situation and
seek compensation for the life-changing circumstances that you face.
Contact our injury lawyers today for a free consultation.