No matter which part of the body is involved, amputation can greatly impact your life. It often involves a plethora of medical and rehabilitation bills, as well as possible surgical procedures and prosthetics. In other words, an amputation can lead to a lot of additional expenses. When you are dealing with a new amputation it can also prove really difficult to maintain your previous work schedule – let alone your ability to perform the same job functions if you eventually can.
While amputations can occur in just about any industry and any job, they most commonly occur in manufacturing, warehousing, food services, and construction injuries. This is due in large part to the sharp tools and heavy machinery associated with these jobs. Therefore when accidents occur within these jobs, the consequences are much more severe.
Common Causes of Amputations at Work
There are a variety of ways in which amputations often occur at work, such as the following:
- A worker drops a heavy object on him or herself. This often involves the amputation of toes and feet.
- A worker has an accident involving knives, saws, or other sharp objects, accidentally cutting off part of their body.
- A worker is stuck in or between heavy equipment. This often occurs when heavy objects fall unexpectedly, or there are accidents involving transportation.
- A worker attempts to clean a machine that should be turned off but hasn’t been.
Amputations in PA and Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When someone has had a body part amputated due to an accident on the job in Pennsylvania, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the time that they are unable to work. This equates to sixty-six and two-thirds percent of their average earnings during the course of a period of time.
The length of time for which you are eligible for workers’ compensation is dependent upon the body part that has been amputated, as it varies. Here are the timelines:
- Toe (not big toe): 16 weeks
- Big toe: 40 weeks
- Little finger: 28 weeks
- Ring finger: 30 weeks
- Middle finger: 40 weeks
- Index finger: 50 weeks
- Thumb: 100 weeks
- Foot: 250 weeks
- Eye: 270 weeks
- Hand: 335 weeks
- Lower leg: 350 weeks
- Forearm: 370 weeks
- Leg: 410 weeks
- Arm: 410 weeks
The PA Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP Can Help
It’s not always easy to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for permanent or long-term injury. That’s why it’s so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney who can help to guide you through the process and explain how everything works. Luckily, the attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP can help. We understand the impact that a work injury or amputation can have on all aspects of your life. That’s why we’re here to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!