One of the most life-changing injuries you can experience in any type of workplace accident is loss of limbs. Although some types of injuries may require significant physical and occupational therapy to regain functionality and strength, you must permanently change the way you live your life if you need to undergo limb amputation. You should not be expected to cover the costs if someone else’s negligence or irresponsible actions are the cause of your amputation injuries.
You can hold them accountable for your damages and access the financial support you are entitled to when you get help from an experienced Atlanta amputation attorney at Hansford McDaniel. Contact our law offices for a free consultation today to learn more about whether you are eligible for worker’s compensation benefits, what to do if you do not qualify, and how much your case could be worth.
Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Atlanta Are Here for You
Atlanta’s leading workers’ compensation lawyers at Hansford McDaniel have served individuals dealing with devastating work-related amputation injuries for nearly 50 years. We have convenient satellite offices across the state, in addition to our primary office in Atlanta, GA, which makes it possible for us to reach injury victims throughout the state.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys are here to answer your questions and concerns free of charge and help you strategize when you need to fight for the compensation you are entitled to. Our team is bilingual, offering services in both Spanish and English, making us uniquely equipped to take on your case. Our award-winning workers’ compensation lawyers work tirelessly to demand justice for our clients.
We are actively involved in the community and advocate for on-the-job accident victims across Georgia. When you are ready to demand the liable party be held accountable, do not hesitate to contact our worker’s compensation lawyers in Atlanta to discuss your legal options further.
How Our Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help You
Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Atlanta are here to guide you through the claims process after suffering an on-the-job accident. One of the most common and devastating types of injuries victims suffer are loss of limbs. We believe you should never have to absorb the costs when a work-related accident turns your entire world upside down.
However, insurance companies are often dedicated to reducing their financial payouts, no matter how worthy your claim is. When Hansford McDaniel takes on your case, you can breathe easier. We will help you get your worker’s compensation application filled out accurately and entirely so you can expedite claim approval. If the insurance company remains rigid in its decision to deny you the benefits you are entitled to, we will be prepared to move forward with a formal appeal before the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
Additionally, if your injuries were caused by the negligence and wrongful actions of someone else, you may have the right to compensation through personal injury claims. Our team will analyze the circumstances of your case to ensure we get the most out of your claim.
Common Workplace Accidents and Events Causing Amputations
Depending on the type of industry you work in, some types of accidents are more likely to cause amputation injuries than others. However, it is worth noting that under the wrong circumstances, nearly any type of workplace accident has the potential to result in the loss of limbs. With that in mind, we do see specific types of accidents related to lower and upper extremity amputations more often than others. Some of these events and accidents include:
- Construction accidents
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Bulldozer accidents
- Explosions and fires
- Trench collapses
- Construction truck accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Agricultural accidents
- Ring traction accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Oil field accidents
- Maritime accidents
- Accidents causing post-traumatic stress disorder
- Incidents involving firearms
These are only a few types of accidents that could result in limb loss. If you were involved in another type of on-the-job accident that was not included in the list above, do not worry. After analyzing the circumstances of your case, our worker’s compensation law firm will determine whether you have the right to seek benefits and what legal options are available to you.
Who to Sue After Loss of Limb
With an amputation injury most of the time your claim will be deemed catastrophic however, if it is not we are here to fight your catastrophic designation. These are not fault-based, which means it does not matter who is responsible for causing the accident. As long as your surgical amputation was a result of your work-related responsibilities, you will be entitled to workers’ comp benefits.
Under Georgia law, any employer that has more than three employees is obligated to carry worker’s compensation protection coverage. Failure to do so leaves them open to liability in the event of an on-the-job injury. However, there are also situations in which you may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your employer does not have worker’s compensation benefits as required by law, you may have the right to sue them for damages. If someone else’s negligence was the cause of your work accident, that liable party may also be held accountable in civil court. The type of work-related accident you were involved in will determine who could be held accountable.
Maximize Your Financial Compensation After Suffering Amputation Injuries
If you hope to maximize the compensation you recover after losing a limb, it is important to take advantage of all opportunities for financial relief.
Report the Incident
Right away and throughout the first few weeks after your injury, maintain detailed records of the incident, including how it happened, any witnesses, and any communications related to the injury. You will need to notify your employer about the workplace injury as soon as possible, ideally within 30 days of the accident. Failure to report the injury promptly may affect your claim. Be sure to have all of your records ready when you report it.
Pursue Compensation Through a Workers’ Compensation Claim or Medical Malpractice Claim
Unfortunately, insurance rarely, if ever, compensates victims fairly for their damages. Insurance payouts are limited to the amount of coverage the policyholder has purchased. When you file a workers’ compensation claim against the negligent party, you can maximize the compensation you recover and be made whole. Examples of recoverable damages for an amputation include:
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and benefits
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Medical expenses
Seek Workers’ Compensation Benefits
You may also have the right to worker’s compensation benefits. Under the law, the following benefits may be awarded as part of your catastrophic workers’ compensation claim:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits
- Approximately 2/3 of your average weekly salary up to $800
- Death benefits to surviving family members, where applicable
Get Help From a Catastrophic Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Atlanta Today
Your amputation injury will likely change how you live your life. However, it does not need to define you. You do not need to wind up in financial ruin because of someone else’s negligence. You can demand the compensation you are entitled to when you connect with our compassionate and experienced Atlanta amputation lawyers at Hansford McDaniel.
Our firm proudly offers 100% free consultations to catastrophic injury survivors and families across Atlanta and the entire state of Georgia. Claim yours by completing our convenient contact form or calling our offices today.