Work injuries are not uncommon, especially in particular industries. Some common accidents in the workplace that can lead to amputations are machinery accidents, car accidents which are related to work, falls, and construction accidents.
If you have suffered an amputation at work, there are normally two methods in which you can obtain compensation, worker’s compensation or a third-party lawsuit. If your employer does participate in the workers’ compensation program, you may be limited to pursuing compensation through that program only.
Workers’ compensation generally is available for any accident that occurs while on the job, even if the injured employee was at fault. Generally, workers’ compensation will pay for medical expenses, temporary disability and/or permanent disability, and rehab.
In some cases, you may also be able to sue. In most cases, you cannot sue your employer for a work-related accident and your recovery will be limited to workers’ compensation.
However, there are limited situations in which you may be able to recover from your employer. You may also be able to recover compensation from a third-party because of your accident. For example, if you were injured because of a defective table saw, you may be able to sue the table saw’s manufacturer.
The rules about obtaining compensation for a work-related amputation depend on the facts involved.
If you have suffered an amputation at work, you may be entitled to compensation, but you should talk with an attorney.
Call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Attorney at 310-385-0567. I understand what you are going through, because I am also an amputee, and have a passion for helping amputees with their legal issues.