Workplace accidents are an unfortunate but unavoidable reality, and while many workplace accidents are minor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that, in 2015, over 2500 workplace accidents led to amputations. When someone thinks about major injuries like amputations, the assumption is that they only happen in places with heavy machinery—and it shouldn’t be surprising to find out that manufacturing and construction are the two fields with the largest number of accidents. However, that doesn’t mean that they are the only places such major accidents occur.
Hundreds of accidents leading to amputations also happened to workers in retail stores, offices, and even those in arts and entertainment. When you suffer a major, life-altering injury, you want to hire a lawyer with the experience to understand how your life will be changing and how to make sure you are compensated for that. In Connecticut, the personal injury firm of Leighton, Katz & Drapeau has that experience.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
In Connecticut, workplace injury claims are governed by worker’s compensation laws. Workers’ compensation claims involving minor injuries that require a few doctor’s visits can be relatively straightforward. However, claims involving injuries that cause permanent disfigurement and disabilities—such as amputations—can be extremely complicated. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the claim process and protect your rights the entire way.
What Can You Be Compensated For?
In a simple accident, recovery is generally fairly simple—you get your medical bills covered, receive benefits for any wages you lost, and move on with your life. If you lose a limb, however, that is an injury that will impact you throughout your whole life. You may have medical expenses twenty years from now that you can’t even contemplate at the moment. You may suffer setbacks in your career—losing work today and losing promotions and opportunities in the future.
Additionally, there’s the real, personal anguish of losing a limb—the pain and suffering from the accident itself, and the anguish and loss of enjoyment that comes with no longer being able to do certain things. An experienced attorney at the Connecticut personal injury firm of Leighton, Katz & Drapeau will be able to help make sure you account for all of these losses before filing a claim. We will keep negotiating with the workers’ compensation insurance company until you receive all of the disability benefits or settlement you deserve.
If You Suffer a Workplace Accident Leading to an Amputation Call a Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you live or are injured in Connecticut and have lost a limb in a workplace accident, make sure you hire an attorney with the experience you need to assist you with that lifelong struggle. Leighton, Katz & Drapeau is a firm that focuses on personal injury cases and can make sure you are compensated for your injuries—those you have today and those you may not yet realize are an issue. Contact us today for a free, no risk consultation at 860-875-7000.