Jackson Workplace Amputation Lawyer
Losing a digit or limb is one of the most tragic and debilitating workplace injuries in Mississippi, and thankfully amputations are relatively rare. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that amputations at work are responsible for around 6,200 recordable cases with days away from work, just 0.5 percent of all cases with days missed. However, another fact is quite disturbing: Workers who suffer amputation miss an average of 31 days before being able to return to their jobs, as compared to 9 days for all other types of injuries. The wages lost, along with skyrocketing medical bills for amputation treatment, put injured employees in extreme financial dire straits.
Mississippi workers’ compensation laws provide eligible employees with rights after suffering any type of injury on-the-job, including amputation of a limb or digit. Because the claims process can be challenging, count on our team at Keith B. French Law to help you get the monetary benefits you deserve. Please contact our firm to schedule a no-cost case assessment with a Jackson workplace amputations lawyer, though some general information may be useful.
Causes and Complications of Amputation Injuries
Data from BLS and other sources indicates that most amputations involve employees handling machinery, such as woodworking equipment, special material machinery, and machinery for construction, logging and mining. Employers can protect against injuries by implementing guards as physical barriers, as well as devices that prevent amputation.
Regardless of the underlying causes, the ramifications of amputation injuries are extreme even after you reach maximum medical improvement. Losing lower limbs, extremities, or digits affects mobility, so you may be unable to walk or be forced to rely on assistive devices to get around. Upper body amputation injuries lead to serious disabilities, so you might not be able to work in any occupation that requires you to use hands, arms, or shoulders.
Workers’ Comp Laws Apply to Amputation
Mississippi’s workers’ comp system aims to provide injured employees with medical care and other financial resources to help them recover and get back to work. As such, you do not need to prove that your employer was negligent in causing amputation. Covered employees qualify if they suffer injuries on the job while performing work-related tasks.
Based upon the devastating complications of amputation, it is reassuring to know that workers’ comp laws cover a wide range of benefits. Keith B. French Law will work to ensure you obtain amounts for medical care, lost wages, permanent disability, and all other benefits to which you are entitled. Our Jackson workers’ compensation attorney supports your claim by:
- Conducting an investigation and gathering evidence;
- Completing all workers’ comp claims forms;
- Negotiating with your employer’s workers’ comp insurance company; and
- Taking next steps with the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission (MWCC) to get the benefits you deserve.
Call Now to Speak to Our Jackson Workers’ Comp Lawyer
For more information on your options after amputation at a Mississippi workplace, please contact Keith B. French Law. You can call 601-983-2667 or go online to set up a free consultation at our offices in Jackson, MS.