Workers’ Compensation For Loss Of Limb
Loss of limbs or amputations of digits are among the most severe injuries that can occur in the workplace. Life is simply never the same. Extensive and often lifelong medical care is a necessity. The cost of that care only continues to increase.
When a worker loses a limb while on the job, he or she deserves workers’ compensation. Even in these types of cases, where the damage is obvious, insurance companies and employers frequently attempt to minimize the amount of compensation the worker receives.
Our job at Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo is to fight for full and fair compensation for injured Pennsylvania workers. Our firm has been dedicated to this purpose for more than 80 years, and our attorneys are here to help.
Help For A Range Of Amputation Injuries
Amputations can occur at the moment of an accident. Surgical amputation may become necessary for severe injuries. Regardless of how they occur, they can make a lasting impact on you and your life.
The full effect of amputation injuries depends on the limb affected and the severity of the accident. In more minor cases, a worker could lose the tip of a finger in a table-saw accident and suffer bleeding and pain. In more traumatic cases, a worker could suffer a crush injury, for example in a large-machinery accident, and lose a leg.
Larger amputation injuries not only cause significant shock and pain, including phantom limb pain after the injury has “healed,” but can also lead to major depression as the accident victim struggles to adjust to life without the missing limb. More serious amputations often require prosthetic limbs, which can cost thousands of dollars. Some injuries can even cause “partial” amputations, meaning that the victim loses some use of the affected limb. Such victims can be at risk for infection, further complicating the healing process.
Specific Amounts Of Compensation For Limb Loss
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act 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.
Trusted Perspective From A Firm With Decades Of Experience
At Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, we are committed to helping clients who have suffered traumatic amputations get the maximum compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered the loss of a limb in the workplace, you may have the right to workers’ compensation. We are here to help you see that your right is observed.
We have been recognized for our work with numerous awards and have earned more than 150 positive Google reviews from clients. The voice of our clients and legal peers means more than anything we could say about ourselves.
Help Filing For A Work-Related Amputation Injury Claim
People who have suffered the loss of limb at work may be eligible for workers’ compensation. They may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if they are unable to return to work. By choosing our firm, you are choosing a team that knows how to address both matters to pursue the maximum amount of financial benefits available to you.
We believe that getting you results starts with getting to know you. When you come to us to handle your loss of limb case, you will find that we will make ourselves available when you need us. Your questions will be answered. Your phone calls will be returned. We will be by your side.
Call Us To Discuss Your Options After Losing A Limb At Work
We handle all loss of limb workers’ compensation cases on a contingency basis. That means we only get paid if we win your case 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 800-952-9640 today. Remember, in Pennsylvania, your claim must be filed within 120 days of the injury.