Amputation Injury Attorney In Atlanta
Suffering any kind of amputation injury is one of the most traumatic and debilitating injuries that anyone will ever have to endure. Whether you lose a finger or an entire limb in the accident, your life will never be the same again after an amputation injury. For victims whose injuries happen on the job, it is important to understand your rights with regard to seeking workers’ compensation benefits.
At the law firm of Hilley & Frieder, P.C., our lawyers represent workers from all occupations and backgrounds. We work tirelessly to secure the compensation and medical care you need as you adjust to life with a severe injury.
Helping Amputation Injury Victims Through A Difficult Time
We understand what a troubling time this is for you, and we know how overwhelming it can be to work through unfamiliar legal processes in the wake of such a traumatic event. When you hire our firm, we will take the lead on all of the legal issues, so you can focus on your recovery and moving on with your life.
Among the benefits that amputation injury victims can seek are the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Prosthetics and other medical equipment
Whether you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, a personal injury judgment award or both, we can help you maximize your payout for an injury as significant as an amputation. While we know that no dollar amount is enough to pay for a lost limb or digit, we also recognize how important fair financial compensation can be for a worker with a permanent disability.
Common Causes of Amputation Injuries At Work
Identifying the most common causes of amputation injuries in the workplace can potentially prevent this type of traumatic accident in your life. If it’s too late and you’ve already suffered an amputation at work in Atlanta, identifying common causes can give you a clearer idea of who might be responsible for your catastrophic injury. If one or more parties could have prevented the accident that took your limb or digit, that party may be financially responsible for your losses.
The following are common causes of workplace amputations:
- Limbs getting pulled into equipment that did not have a machine guard.
- Crush injuries that lead to medically necessary amputations.
- A forklift accident, tractor accident, truck accident or rollover.
- Construction site accidents.
- Explosions and lost limbs.
- Severe burns that require limb amputations.
- Defective products, machinery or tools, such as a table saw.
- Occupational illnesses, diseases or infections.
In almost all scenarios, workplace amputations are preventable. They can be avoided with due care by employers, workers, product manufacturers, property owners and others involved in the occupational task. If the cause of your amputation injury was preventable, you can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party in Georgia. You may also be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits with or without proof of negligence.
Who Can Be Held Liable For An Amputation Injury?
As someone with an amputation injury, you deserve to hold someone accountable if that person reasonably could have prevented this life-altering injury. You also deserve financial compensation; you and your family may be entitled to a monetary award that makes it easier to move forward and embrace your future with greater hope and optimism. Holding someone liable – legally and financially responsible – for your amputation injury can help you achieve both of these goals.
The party that is liable for an amputation in the workplace depends on the circumstances. Liability generally goes to the individual or entity most responsible for the injury in question. This could be:
- Your employer. An employer or business owner that does not prevent foreseeable injury risks to its workers, such as through the use of safety training or protective gear, can be held liable for related worker injuries and amputations.
- A coworker or contractor. If someone you worked with was negligent, such as by failing to put a machine guard in place before you used a machine, your employer could be vicariously liable. If the individual was an independent contractor, he or she can be held individually liable, instead.
- A product manufacturer. If an item that you used at work had a manufacturing, design or marketing defect that caused your amputation injury, you can hold the product manufacturer or distributor liable – often without needing proof of negligence.
- The property owner. If the property where you were working – such as an office, warehouse, manufacturing plant, construction site, movie set or an individual’s residence – contained a dangerous defect that resulted in an amputation, the property owner can be held liable.
Identifying the liable party in your amputation injury case is something that an Atlanta attorney can help you with through a comprehensive investigation of your workplace accident. Whether you have grounds for a workers’ compensation claim and/or a personal injury lawsuit for an amputation, your lawyer will identify the responsible party or parties and pursue justice on your behalf.
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Ronald Hilley was the contributing attorney to this content.