Oklahoma City Construction Amputation Lawyers
While any occupational injury or illness can disrupt a worker’s income and may have other adverse effects on his or her wellbeing, those which will not heal are especially troubling. The physically intensive and dangerous nature of construction work exposes employees who hold these positions to a heightened risk of injury. Notably, serious construction accidents threaten to result in the amputation of a worker’s limbs, extremities, or digits. In some cases, with immediate emergency medical treatment, it may be possible to reattach or preserve a crushed or severed body part.
However, reattaching a limb is the exception to the rule, and an accident in the workplace that causes an amputation is likely to affect a worker for the rest of his or her life. An amputation may be required to remove a body part that is too damaged to be functional again, if the injured body part becomes infected beyond treatment, or if there is serious nerve damage to the area. Doctors can surgically remove the body part, and in some instances, there may be prosthetics available to help you live a normal life after amputation.
You will require extensive medical treatment, medications, and physical therapy. All of this, from immediate medical treatment to prosthetics, is very expensive and not something you should try to pay for by yourself.
If you have suffered an amputation due to a construction accident occurring on the jobsite, you may be eligible to receive compensation to help with recovery. Contact the Oklahoma City construction amputation lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your rights.
Sources of Amputation Danger
Amputation injuries are recognized by many as being indicative of exceptionally severe trauma and are frequently identified with wartime violence. They may require an individual to relearn how to perform even the most basic physical tasks and could compromise one’s ability to return to work in his or her chosen field. The physical, financial, and emotional toll that this can take is truly devastating. Some sources of amputation danger on a construction site may include:
- Saws, axes, and other cutting tools
- Falling injuries that severely damage the skeletal and vascular systems
- Being struck by falling or fast moving objects
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Crush injuries
An amputation can be caused by an equipment malfunction due to negligent maintenance or defective design. Using any cutting tool is inherently dangerous, and even the most careful user risks losing a finger or hand. A lack of available safety equipment can put you at high risk of having a body part amputated.
The company managing the worksite must provide proper safety equipment and training on how to use the equipment. If the company failed to provide the safety equipment or failed to train workers about using the equipment, the company may be liable to for negligence and could be found to be at fault for your injuries.
Falls from scaffolding are one of the leading causes of death on a construction site. Naturally, falls from scaffolding or ladders could also lead to injury to a limb that is severe enough to force an amputation of the limb. Falls are often caused by defective equipment, improperly maintained equipment, or inefficient safety protocols.
Heavy machinery injuries are frequently characterized by fingers or arms being pinched between components. Forklifts and bulldozers are common culprits for amputation injuries. The drivers of these machines can be negligent, improperly trained, or not certified; these errors can lead to injuries to the other workers around them who expect everyone on the site to operate equipment safely.
Compensation Available to You
Most employers in Oklahoma are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. Worker’s compensation is an insurance policy purchased by an employer that will pay the medical costs and lost wages for workers who are injured on the job.
When you are injured you will be asked to complete a worker’s compensation form. Employers will often present this form as a standard part of protocol after an injury, but the employer is not telling you everything you need to know.
If you accept a worker’s compensation settlement, you sacrifice the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. In some instances this is appropriate, such as in the case of a genuine accident where no person was negligent or caused intentional harm.
Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are not available through worker’s compensation insurance. If someone at the worksite was negligent or injured you intentionally, and you suffered an amputation as a result, then you should consult with an experienced amputation injury attorney who can assist you in determining if you have a valid personal injury claim, which will entitle you to more compensation that a worker’s compensation insurance settlement.
Contact the Oklahoma City construction amputation lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about what recovery is available to you.
Let us help you seek the compensation that you are due under the law. Contact the experienced Oklahoma construction amputation lawyers of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 for a free consultation with a compassionate legal professional.