It’s never an easy situation to deal with when you suffer the loss of a limb. It doesn’t matter if the amputation occurred medically or because of a workplace accident; losing a limb changes your life immediately. You will need to learn how to live without this limb, which means relying on your remaining limbs more than in the past. If you decide to go with a prosthetic device you will need to learn how to live with this device and work it with your other limbs. The recovery and rehabilitation process will be lengthy. You might even miss time at work or not be able to return to work. It all depends on the job you held before the injury and if you can continue to handle it with a missing limb or a prosthetic without suffering another injury.
Depending on the type of amputation you suffered you very well might need to have your home updated. For example, if you lost one or both of your legs in the workplace accident you will likely need a wheelchair to get around your home and work. This means your home will need to be updated to make it handicap accessible. There could be the need for a ramp, a chairlift, bathroom sinks to be raised, tubs with doors installed and more. No matter the severity of your injury you should contact an experienced Palm Springs amputation work injury attorney to handle your work-related accident case.
What Causes Injuries at Work That Lead to Amputation?
The minute you leave for work in the morning you probably aren’t thinking about what could go wrong when it comes to your safety, especially if you work in a quiet industry. But, if you happen to work in construction, manufacturing, the emergency services or any other inherently dangerous profession safety is probably at the forefront of your mind at all times. Even though an amputation accident can occur in any profession. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 60 percent of all amputation injuries at work occurred in the manufacturing profession in 2015.
Our Palm Springs work injury accident attorneys have gained experience handling these cases to the point where they know how these accidents are caused. For starters, machinery that is missing require guards and other protective pieces can easily lead to an employee suffering the amputation of a finger, hand, or arm. Some of the other causes of amputation accident injuries in the workplace include the following:
- Food slicing machines
- Meat grinding machines
- Accidents involving forklifts
- Accidents pinning employees between objects
- Machinery for milling
- Conveyors that are either non-powered or powered
- Power press brakes
- Drill presses
- Trash compactors
How a Palm Springs Amputation Work Attorney Can Help
Seeking compensation following an amputation is a likely move for any accident victim. You will likely file for workers’ compensation benefits, but will they be enough to cover your bills, medical expenses, and keep you afloat before you return to work? The easy answer here is no, it won’t. That’s why it’s important to seek legal representation from an experienced Palm Springs amputation work injury attorney for your case. Our lawyers can answer your questions and guide you through the law.
Contact the office of Hiden Rott Oertle LLP today to schedule a consultation to discuss your injury and how you can move forward in seeking compensation. Call the office at 619-630-0205 to speak with an experienced attorney.