Chicago Worker’s Compensation Lawyers
An amputation injury of any kind is devastating and life-changing. At Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago amputation lawyers focus on helping injured employees obtain the compensation that they deserve following a work-related accident or injury. Whether you have lost an arm, leg, finger, or toe, an amputation can seriously impact your ability to work. In these cases, we also help clients obtain Social Security disability benefits.
If you or someone you love has suffered a work-related amputation, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago amputation attorneys.
Common Causes of Amputations
Amputations can occur in a variety of workplace accidents, including:
- Machinery accidents
- Airline accidents
- Work-related motor vehicle accidents
- Slips and falls
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
Workers’ Compensation for Amputation Injuries
If you are the victim of a work-related amputation, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available for any accident or injury that occurs while on the job, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers can recover the following worker’s compensation benefits after for a work-related injury, depending on the type and severity of the injury:
- Medical expenses
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment
- Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, which are often paid as lump-sum payments
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits
Other Legal Claims for Loss of Limb Injuries
Although workers’ compensation laws prevent injured workers from suing their employer, employees who have suffered an amputation as a result of the negligence of a third-party may be entitled to compensatory damages and possibly punitive damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Compensatory damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income (past and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of normal life
For instance, depending on the circumstances of the workplace accident, an employee who suffers an amputation may be able to seek compensation from a construction general contractor, negligent motorist, negligent doctor or hospital, or machinery manufacturer.
In some cases, an amputation will prevent a person from engaging in substantial gainful employment for more than 12 consecutive months, he or she may also be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Get the Legal Advice You Need
The Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates focus on helping injured employees obtain the workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation that they deserve. Our experience with Illinois workers’ compensation laws allows us to guide injured employees with all kinds of injuries – from back injuries and repetitive stress injuries to amputations and nerve damage – through the entire workers’ compensation claim process. Moreover, if your work-related amputation or injury was caused by the negligence of a third-party, we can help you seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, as well.
If you or someone you love suffered a work-related amputation, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago work-related amputation attorneys.