Amputation Injuries in the Work Place

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Amputation Injuries in the Work Place

There are hundreds of different types of amputations that can occur when you are severely injured in a work-related iStock_000009703092_Smallaccident. One that comes to mind immediately would be a construction worker cutting off his fingers or hand at the wrist when carelessly cutting a two by four. Another would be a tree surgeon climbing a tree with a chain saw and slipping as a result of miscalculating the direction of a falling limb, accidentally grabbing onto the cutting edge of his moving chain saw. A butcher at a supermarket is chopping, cutting and slicing all day long and it’s hard to find one who hasn’t cut off at least a part of a finger at some point. Deli workers use slicers, butchers chefs use knives, woodworkers and metal workers use drills and saws …. all powerful equipment capable of removing a finger, hand or arm in a split second. And as devastating as losing a digit or a limb can be, if your are involved in a work-related amputation accident you actually have a bigger problem to worry about and that is what to do next in the event  an amputation accident happens to you so that you don’t die.

What To Do In The Event Of An Amputation Accident

Calling 911 or your company’s emergency medical team might be a little difficult if you now have only one hand or arm, but if you can reach your cell phone and dial 911 you should. If you are alone you should yell as loud as possible for help. If there are others with you they can and should immediately make the 911 call to get professional medical help to the scene as quickly as possible. In an amputation accident there will be a massive loss of blood. You and your coworkers should use a belt, rope, cord or item of clothing to make a tourniquet slightly above the point of amputation to slow the blood loss. Elevate the limb as much as possible so that gravity aids in slowing the blood loss. Sit or lay down and stay calm so that your heart rate normalizes and wait for help to arrive.

After you have received the best possible medical treatment you should call The Morano Law Firm LLC as we are experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyers and have dealt with many total and partial New Jersey work-related amputation cases in the past. We can get you compensation for your medical and rehabilitation expenses as well as replacement and continuance of your lost wages. We know our way through every in and out of Workers’ Compensation Law so we can cut right through to the important issues that govern your individual situation. We know the dangers that you face everyday on the job ,and we will insure that your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Amputation claim is maximized. Call The Morano Law Firm LLC Today: 201-598-5019

I Was Injured on the Job, What are My New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Rights?

If you have been injured on the job and want to know your rights, please do not hesitate to call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation.

In New Jersey, if you have been injured while working, you are entitled to Worker’s Compensation rights and benefits.

Workers’ Compensation is determined by a statute which sets out a method of providing benefits to an employee (of the employee’s dependent) who suffers a personal injury or death by accident or occupational disease while working.  This creates two categories for an injury which occurred on a job.

Accident – a specific incident gives rise to your injury. Examples include slipping and falling  leading to a broken leg. A restaurant worker cutting or burning herself.

Occupational – exposure to a risk or danger in the job led to the injury.  A dock worker whose back is injured after 20 years of lifting heavy items on the job. An administrator who has carpal tunnel syndrome after 20 years of typing.

Fault is not an issue. As long as you were acting within the course of your employment you will be covered by your employer’s worker’s compensation coverage. Even if your employer did not act negligent, if you are injured on the job you may be entitled to compensation.

Your damages are determined by the permanent nature of your injury. This is where the strength of your case is determined. Contact me and we can discuss this at greater length.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is responsible for the administration of the NJ Workers’ Compensation Law, N.J.S.A. 34:15-1 et seq., and the disposition of disputes raised under it. It does so by

  • ensuring that injured workers receive fair and timely workers’ compensation benefits from their employers and their insurance carriers
  • enforcing the law that requires employers to secure the necessary insurance coverage from commercial carriers or through self-insurance programs.
  • providing temporary disability benefits and medical expenses to workers suffering from compensable injuries while working for uninsured employers
  • Providing benefit payments to workers who are already partially disabled who subsequently experience a work related injury which together, render them totally disabled.

If you have been injured on the job and want to know your rights, please do not hesitate to call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation.