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Amputation Injuries and Workers' Comp

Amputation injuries change lives forever.

Physical and emotional challenges, occupational and quality-of-life issues, and long-term disabilities are realities for those who have suffered an amputation injury. The good news is medical advances in recent years have made great strides when it comes to restoring the quality of life, independence and abilities of victims.

However, winning access to all of the medical care and rehabilitative services to which you are entitled is critical when it comes to making as complete a recovery as possible. These are expensive and complex claims that should always be handled by an experienced amputation lawyers in New Orleans, Covington or Raceland from the outset of your claim.

An amputation injury may result in the loss of fingers or toes, a hand or foot, or limb or multiple limbs.

  • Most victims are male.
  • Most are primary wage earners between the ages of 15 and 64,
  • Partial hand amputations are the most common, with more than 60,000 being reported each year.
  • Loss of a limb is the second most common amputation injury.
  • About 2 million people in the U.S. are living with a lost limb.

While significant advancements have been made when it comes to medical care and artificial limbs, the cost of an amputation injury is significant. The National Library of Medicine estimates life-time cost of an amputation injury at more than $500,000. An artificial limb can cost more than $50,000 and many will need to be replaced every 3-5 years.

The most common causes of traumatic amputation are:

  • Traffic accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Factory and warehouse accidents
  • Agricultural accidents, including lawnmowers
  • Building and care door accidents
  • Electrocution

Amputation Injury Claims

Amputation lawyer Steve WankoIn addition to compensation for all medical expenses, including rehabilitation and home care, a workers’ compensation claim must also account for the cost of artificial limbs, lost wages and disability.

Cost of care and rehabilitation, as well as disability benefits, will depend upon the type of amputation injury. In many cases, quality of initial medical care can significantly impact how much of a limb is removed, which can have a major impact on long-term disability, quality of life and cost of care.

Lower-limb amputations:

  • Partial foot amputation
  • Ankle disarticulation
  • Below-the-knee amputation
  • Transfemoral amputation
  • Hop disarticulation
  • Hemipelvectomy

Upper-limb amputations:

  • Partial hand amputation
  • Metacarpal amputation
  • Wrist articulation
  • Transradial amputation
  • Elbow disarticulation
  • Above the elbow amputation
  • Shoulder disarticulation

In addition to workers’ compensation benefits for medical care, home care, lost wages and rehabilitation, workers who suffer an amputation injury on the job and are covered by workers’ compensation, are entitled to disability benefits. A Wanko Workers' Comp amputation attorney can help clarify what benefits you may be entitled to in your specific situation.

Partial disability

Loss of a finger, thumb or toe: Two-thirds of wages for a period of between 10 and 50 weeks.

Loss of hand: Two-thirds of pay for 150 weeks.

Loss or arm: Two-thirds of wages for 200 weeks.

Loss of foot: Two-thirds of wages for 125 weeks.

Loss of leg: Two-thirds of wages for 175 weeks.

Permanent disability

Loss of a hand and foot or two or more limbs.

While impairment ratings are not required for most Louisiana workers’ compensation claims, these ratings are often relied upon by workers’ compensation insurance companies during the claims-settlement process. It’s also important to note that an impairment rating often will not be provided until an employee is determined to have achieved maximum medical improvement (MMI). Often the impairment rating is provided within a Functional Capacity Evaluation.

These are complex claims and a determination can have a major impact on the resources available to you for the rest of your life. The time to seek the advice of a New Orleans amputation lawyer is not once you are unhappy with the terms of a settlement offer, although even then we offer free consultations and accept no fees or costs unless we can get you a better offer. Having experienced legal help at the earliest possible stage of your claim is the best thing you can do to protect your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family.

If you have been injured, call day or night for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 985-202-9907 to speak with an experienced amputation attorney today.

Amputation Lawyer Q&A

Our team specializes in loss of limb cases, providing comprehensive legal support from filing your claim to final settlement. Our amputation attorneys work tirelessly to cover all aspects of your claim, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages, ensuring your rights are protected throughout the process. With years of experience in Louisiana workers' compensation law, we're committed to achieving the justice and compensation you deserve.
Yes, our firm not only focuses on your legal claim but also on your overall wellbeing. We collaborate with medical professionals and rehabilitation experts to ensure you have access to the best care and support systems. Our goal is to help you regain independence and quality of life, offering guidance and resources every step of the way.
Choosing an amputation lawyer at Wanko Law Firm means partnering with a dedicated team that understands the complexities of amputation cases. We pride ourselves on personalized attention, relentless advocacy, and expert legal representation. For a consultation and to learn more about how we can assist you, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Additional Information in New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana Workforce Commission- Rights and Responsibilities for Workers' Compensation FAQs: Comprehensive FAQs covering various aspects of workers' compensation in Louisiana. It explains the types of benefits available, the process for claiming benefits, and specifics about Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Supplemental Earnings Benefits (SEB), and more.
Louisiana Injured Workers (LWCC): Detailed information on the types of benefits available to workers who are injured on the job, including medical care, disability benefits, death benefits, and rehabilitation services. This resource is beneficial for understanding the support system in place for injured workers in Louisiana.
Louisiana Workforce Commission - OWCA District Office Listings:
 Comprehensive list of district offices for the Office of Workers' Compensation Administration (OWCA) in Louisiana. This resource is essential for finding local assistance and support for workers' compensation claims across different regions in the state.

Contact Louisiana Workers' Comp

Whether you have suffered an immediate injury or have endured a long-term disability or chronic illness, you deserve to have the support you need to recover. Our work injury attorneys will provide you with nothing less than compassionate understanding and exceptional legal counsel.
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Wanko Workers' Comp Lawyers provides its service in New Orleans, Covington, Houma, Thibodaux, Mandeville and all across Louisiana
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19295 N 3rd St #1 
Covington, Louisiana 70433
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1140 St. Charles Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301

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