A loss of limb is among the most severe injuries that can occur in the workplace. Many workers throughout Pennslvyania’s manufacturing plants and construction sites are at a high risk for these types of serious injuries. Even with a prosthesis, life can never be the same after suffering loss of limb. Extensive and often lifelong medical care is a necessity, and the cost of that care only increases with time.
If you or a loved one has suffered the loss of an arm, finger, or any other extremity as the result of a workplace accident, they can qualify for workers’ compensation. Even in cases where the damage is obvious, insurance companies and employers frequently attempt to minimize the amount of compensation the worker receives.
Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo will fight for full and fair compensation for injured Pennsylvania workers. Our firm has been dedicated to injured workers for more than 80 years, and our workers’ compensation attorneys are some of the best in the business.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Amounts For Limb Loss or Amputation Injury
Workers’ compensation coverage depends on the body part affected. These are estimated amounts for amputation injuries and limb loss in the workplace:
Index Finger: $47,550
Middle Finger: $38,040
Little Finger: $26,628
Ring Finger: $28,530
Big Toe: $38,040
Disclaimer: Note that these amounts are not guarantees of any future compensation. Workers’ compensation amounts vary from case to case and your particular settlement depends on the severity of your work-related injury.
Estimates come from Lehigh Valley Live.
How Long Will I Get Benefits For Loss Of A Limb?
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law is very specific about the amount of money that can be recovered by a person who has lost a limb on the job. Essentially, workers receive payment for a certain number of weeks depending on the body part that was affected. Under Section 306(c), here are the number of weeks a worker should receive:
- Hand: 335 weeks
- Forearm: 370 weeks
- Arm: 410 weeks
- Foot: 250 weeks
- Lower leg: 350 weeks
- Leg: 410 weeks
- Eye: 275 weeks
- Thumb: 100 weeks
- First finger: 50 weeks
- Second finger: 40 weeks
- Third finger: 30 weeks
- Fourth (or little) finger: 28 weeks
- Great toe: 40 weeks
- Other toes: 16 weeks
For more details, please see page 19 of the Act.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Pennsylvania
Under the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, injured workers who suffer from limb loss or amputation due to a workplace injury are eligible for these benefits:
- Wage Loss Benefits (paid in weekly installments or in lump-sum settlements)
- Payment of medical bills
- Specific loss benefits (loss of limb/loss of use)
- Disfigurement benefits
In Pennsylvania, weekly compensation wage loss benefits are generally provided at between 66.6% and 90% of average weekly wage (AWW) and capped at $1,025.00 per week.
Your workers’ compensation benefits will be determined based on:
- Severity and classification of the injury
- Life impairment
- Wage loss from the injury
- Medical expenses
Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are afforded financial protection and security in the form full reimbursement of lost wages due to an inability to work along with full medical treatment coverage in the event of a work-related injury.
Keep in mind that it is a legal requirement in Pennsylvania for employers to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. Your employer’s insurance company will be responsible for covering the cost of the medical care required for your to recover from a work injury.
Call Us To Discuss Your Options After Losing A Limb At Work
At the law firm of Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers are committed to helping clients get the compensation they deserve. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we win your workers’ compensation claim, or prevent the insurance company from stopping or altering your benefits.
To set up a free consultation with an experienced attorney, email us or call us at 844-243-4841. We can provide you with the legal advice necessary for getting your workers’ comp claim off the ground.