Workers Compensation Amputation/Loss of Limb Injury Claims
The loss of a limb or an amputation is one of the most severe injuries that can occur from a workplace accident. An amputation usually requires the worker to make major adjustments to the way they live their everyday lives and will have lifelong effects for the injured worker and his or her family. Depending on the severity of the amputation, it may be impossible to return to work or to engage in many activities. Permanent or lifelong medical care is usually a necessity.
Under The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, you are entitled to specific loss benefits for:
• Loss of your hand
• Loss of your arm
• Loss of your leg
• Loss of your finger
• Loss of your thumb
• Loss of your toe
• Loss of your foot
Further, if a limb is not actually amputated, but you have lost of use of it for all practical purposes, such as a crush injury to a hand, it is treated the same as an amputation. Amputations are one of the most devastating workplace injuries, often resulting in permanent disability. The effects of a partial or complete amputation could also include:
• Loss of mobility
• Phantom pain
• Wound pain
• Psychological trauma
Recovering Benefits for a Workplace Amputation Injury
The amputation surgery is only the first step on the long journey of recovery. A worker who loses a limb will also need long-term medical care that may include pain management, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, and psychological counseling. Also, the cost of prosthetics and other medical care after an amputation are significant. Finally, you will need help to recover the cost of making your home and vehicles accessible and safe for you.
Recovering workers’ compensation benefits for an amputation is not easy and the workers’ comp insurance company will fight hard to minimize your claim. Many injured workers find it helpful to work with an experienced lawyer, especially in amputation cases.
Workers’ Comp Attorneys with Experience in Amputation Injuries
At the law firm of Hemmings & Stevens, PLLC, we have represented workers that have suffered from an amputation due to a workplace injury. If you or a loved one has suffered the loss of a limb in the workplace, you may have the right to workers’ compensation benefits. We will ensure that your rights are protected. If you would like a free consultation, call 919.277.0161 or contact us online.