Amputation as a Result of a Work Injury
The loss of a limb as a result of of a work related injury can be the most physically and mentally devastating trauma a person can endure. Employers sometimes fail to meet their responsibilities of maintaining safe working conditions and that’s when serious injuries can occur.
We normally expect our workplace to be reasonably safe, and for employers to maintain a safe working environment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In the United States in 1999, there were 14,420 non-fatal traumatic amputations according to the American Statistical Association. Of these, 4,435 (30.75%) occurred as a result of traffic and transportation accidents, and 9,985 (69.24%) were due to labor accidents. The population of the USA in 1999 was about 300,000,000. At that time, the conclusion was that there was about one amputation per every 20,804 persons per year on average (or about 14,420 amputations per year). In the group of labor amputations, 53% occurred in laborers and technicians, 30% in production and service workers, 16% in agriculture and fishery workers.
There are many ways that a worker can be injured on the job. Some of those sustained injuries can lead to an amputation, including:
- Contact with unguarded, faulty, or dysfunctional machinery.
- Contact with caustic or acidic materials.
- Falling from heights.
- Being crushed by a heavy falling object or material.
- Becoming trapped in between heavy objects, machinery or vehicles.
A workers’ hands are their most effective tools. Did you know that Hand Injuries account for:
- 1/3 (33%) of all injuries at work.
- 1/3 (33%) of chronic injuries.
- 1/4 (25%) of reported lost working time.
- 1/5 (20%) of permanent disability awards.
This varies from activity to activity and with the material element involved. An average of 22 working days are lost per occurance, but this also varies according to injury.
Amputations are usually highly traumatic experiences. They can significantly reduce the quality of life for patients, in addition, the costs of procedures and prosthetics can be tremendous. In the USA, a typical prosthetic limb costs in the range of $10,000 to $15,000 according to the American Diabetic Association.
During the past 30 years, The Law Offices of Brent McAfee Thompson has successfully represented thousands of injury victims in work injuries, construction accidents and other significant personal injury situations.
Our experience has allowed us to represent individuals who have suffered Amputations, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Wrongful Death cases. Our firm is aggressive in pursuing the best interests of our clients. We have the knowledge and experience to successfully achieve a superior recovery or verdict on your injury situation.
Our office is always ready and willing to proceed to Trial on behalf of our clientele. We work strictly on a contingent fee basis; You need not worry about advancing out-of-pocket expenses.
If you or someone you know has suffered an Amputation due to a Work Related Injury, Contact Us Immediately.
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